A Shaved Kerry Blue

 John Van den Berg

When we wash our Kerry Blue, the hair clings
to the body and it gives a very different image. Have you ever wondered what a Kerry Blue looks like under all that hair?

Well look no further, these two pictures were taken from a Kerry Blue called “Cash”. The owners did not like the traditional Kerry trim, so they had him shaven. Eventually the dog ended up in an animal shelter where he was identified as a poodle/schnauzer cross. He was rescued by the KBT Club of Northern California and placed in a good home in Oregon.

Because the image of the Kerry changes so dramatically when
it is shaven, it can be very difficult to spot a rescue Kerry Blue in a shelter. Shelter personnel or a vet might have shaven the dog down to be able to treat skin diseases. In that case, rescue people should be very careful in identifying a rescue Kerry Blue.

It took several months for the hair to grow back, and longer for the fall to be Kerry-like again. It is hard to believe that these three pictures are from the same dog.

Cash now gets to go to work daily, take long walks and is a great companion.

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