The handsome and multi-talented Kerry Blue Terrier is a native of County Kerry, Ireland and has worn many hats throughout its history. This breed was developed to satisfy the many needs of their Irish peasantry masters; they hunted birds and other small game, functioned as retrievers, and even herded livestock. They were no doubt also accomplished vermin hunters around the home and farm. One interesting theory regarding their origins is that they were developed by peasants in retaliation to the nobles using Irish Wolfhounds; their silent hunting style was valued on clandestine hunts on noble grounds. The fun-loving and active Kerry makes a wonderful family pet as long as patient training and exercise are part of the routine. They do have strong hunting instincts which may make them incompatible with cats and other small pets. Their trademark blue-grey coats are hypoallergenic but will need regular brushing and trimming.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health, and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.
The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.