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Common Grooming Mistakes on a Kerry Blue Terrier: (Part 1 of 4-Part Series)

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Video DescriptionAbout Cheryl Purcell


24 minutes, 9 seconds


Advanced Stylist

Cheryl Purcell specializes in Kerry Blue Terriers. She had bred and shown them for years. In this lesson, she is working on a retired AKC Champion that was recently groomed for a grooming competition. This video is packed with valuable grooming knowledge only a highly experienced stylist would be able to share.

Cheryl demonstrates how to get the most out of your dog with lots of trimming secrets for this breed. She leads you through common styling mistakes she sees all the time in the ring. Cheryl discusses the faults she sees while showing you how to tweak the trim. By the end of the video, the dog looks much more stylish with some minor changes. She’ll show you how to create a beautiful neck, streamline the head, show power, build the body and highlight correct movement in the breed. Cheryl also covers how to produce the unique marcel coat found in the Kerry Blue.

There is so much valuable content in this lesson; we have broken it into four parts so you can get the most out of each section. If you are struggling to master the haircut on a Kerry Blue Terrier – this is the video lesson for you!

In Cheryl highlights the key points found in the Kerry Blue Terrier. With all terriers, the head is the most critical feature. She leads you step-by-step through the process of trimming a correct head on a Kerry to get the classic, long streamline head including trimming the fall and beard. Next she moves into building a strong, powerful neck. In this section, Cheryl discusses coat types and colors found in the Kerry Blue and gives a great visual about a marcel coat.

In this video you will learn:

  • Where to set the lines on the head
  • How to create a correct fall
  • Blades to use to help create a powerful neck
  • Why and how the phase ‘Kerrys are a series of diamonds’ is applied
  • Cheryl’s personal secret for setting the perfect neck/crest

Cheryl Purcell

Certifications: NCMG

Cheryl Purcell NCMG began her grooming career in 1991. A Nationally Certified Master Groomer, Cheryl is known nationally and internationally as one of the industry's top pet stylists. She has been successfully competing and winning at grooming competitions since 1993. Major wins include Multiple "Best-In-Show" wins and multiple "Best-All-Around" wins. She ranked as a GroomTeam USA Top 10 Stylist from 2002 to 2007 (a group composed of the top 10 groomers in this country).
Cheryl also served on the Board of NEPGP (New England Pet Grooming Professionals) for several years, was the 2005 Groom Team Liaison and is the current GroomTeam Coordinator.

For more information about lessons with Cheryl, please contact her at or  781-792-0484.


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