SECRETARIAT GENERAL14 rue Léopold II
BelgiumFCI-Standard nº 3 / 21.3.199O / GB
Used in the hard job of tackling otters in deep waters, unrivaled as a ratter, charming as a companion, trust-worthy as a watch-dog.
Group 3 (Terriers)
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY
Like the other Irish Terrier breeds it is assumed that the Kerry Blue has been in the country for centuries, but, once again, because of its humble origins as a rat catcher and all-round farm dog, there are few, if any, references to the breed before the 20th century. The first probable literary reference to the Kerry Blue dates from 1847: the author describes a bluish slate-coloured dog, marked with darker blotches and patches, and often with the tan about the legs and muzzle. This blackish-blue Irish terrier was supposed to be prevalent in Kerry but it has been developed in other countries as well.
The blue didn't make its first appearance on the show benches until 1913, and the Dublin Blue Terrier Club was formed in 1920. The Kerry Blue became quickly so popular as a sort of mascot for Irish patriots that there were actually four clubs promoting its interests for a short time, and between 1922 and 1924 these clubs sponsored no fewer than six shows and six field trials.
When the breed came to the attention of people outside Ireland there was great interest and enthusiasm from the new owners. Though the Kerry Blue has sometimes suffered from a reputation for surliness, fanciers and most owners in England and the United States would agree with the assessment of the breed as"well-nigh perfect".
SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Head : flesh-coloured gums; teeth undershot are objectionable; but when teeth are only slightly over they are not to be regarded as a blemish.
Legs: protruding elbows; white or bone-coloured toenalis; dewclaws on hind legs, or marks of their removal.
Gait-Movement: close, cow hocked, or stilted hind action.
Dogs with heads or tails held up by exhibitors or handlers should be penalized.
Coat: hard, wire or bristle coat.
Colour: any colour other than blue with the exception stated above.
NOTE: male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.