The Kerry takes its name from its home county. The uncertainty of its origins inspired amusing blarney about leprechauns, shipwrecks, and other fantastic origin stories. We do know that Kerries were hardworking agricultural dogs known for their flexibility. The breed was a mascot for nationalists throughout the Irish independence fight, and they’ve been top show winners since the early twentieth century. Mick, a Kerry, was one of the finest show dogs of the 2000s.