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The name of this breed comes from the eponymous name of the mountainous terrain in Ireland, where for the first time they paid attention to farming large terriers of dark-smoky, blue color. According to lovers of this breed, this group of dogs was bred clean in the mountains of Ireland for at least a century. This, of course, is an exaggeration. Most likely, smoky terriers were really popular among the inhabitants of this area, and already in our century, thanks to the efforts of specialists, they turned into an independent breed.
Like most other terriers, carry formed as working farm dogs. Therefore, they had to warn about the appearance of an outsider, help manage the herd, catch or at least scare the rat near the house. And of course, if the owner has a desire to hunt, accompany him, not interested in ungulates – royal game. Remains help in finding rabbits, pheasants, feeding duck from the water. Sometimes it may be necessary to pursue a fox, a fight with a badger. But hunting should not be the passion of this dog – the main thing is to help the owner, no matter what he does. It is impossible to say unequivocally that Kerry began as a terrier specialized in a particular area, it is impossible – these dogs are universal. Continue reading