Kerry Blue Terrier (Kennel Club Dog Breed Series)by Bardi McLennan
Named for County Kerry, the Irish Blue may have derived from some legendary "blue dogs that swam ashore from a ship wrecked in Tralee Bay." Singed with romance, the origins of the Kerry Blue Terrier befit this distinctive terrier among terriers. In addition to being a feisty and game earthdog, rugged enough to rid the landscape of rats and badgers, the Kerry is a versatile farm dog, a trainable hunting and herding dog, a confident watchdog and a delightful companion. Although strong-willed, as are all terriers, the Kerry excels in obedience and agility competition and possesses the confidence and panache to make heads turn in the show ring. As a companion, the Kerry Blue Terrier is able to delight dog lovers of every age with his clever and entertaining ways, his unmistakable affection for children and his unflagging devotion to his people. For the right owners, the Kerry makes an upstanding and handsome addition to a loving household.
Terrier expert Bardi McLennan retells the fascinating origins of this Irish earthdog in a lively, enjoyable way and shares her insight into the breed's characteristics and temperament. This Special Limited Edition, illustrated with over 135 color photographs, discusses selection and care of the puppy as well as house-training, obedience training and dealing with and preventing behavioral problems. An excellent chapter on preventive healthcare by renowned veterinarian Dr. Lowell Ackerman addresses all of the concerns of the responsible owner, from selecting a great vet to controlling parasites and the major infectious diseases. From the first days with the new puppy in the owner's home to the special care for a senior dog, this new volume will prove an invaluable addition to every Kerry lover's library.
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