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Grooming a Show Style Kerry Blue Terrier (Part 1 of 2-Part Series: Clipper work, setting the body and head shapes, and marcelling the coat)

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Video DescriptionAbout Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich


33 minutes, 27 seconds


Advanced Stylist

Award-winning pet stylist Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich tells her audience this is one of her favorite breeds in the whole world. “This is one of the sexiest dogs out there.” When they’re done well, we have to agree! There’s nothing more breathtaking than a beautifully put together Kerry Blue Terrier.

The essence of the breed is a “perfect combination of elegance and power. That needs to come out in your grooming.” According to their breed standard, they should be upstanding, well-knit, and in good balance. Their body is well-developed and muscular. They are tenacious with definite Terrier style. In this lesson, Pina shows you how to bring out those characteristics through grooming.

When dealing with a highly sculpted dog like the Kerry Blue, Pina believes you get your best results using primarily scissors and thinners to trim the coat. As she goes through the lesson, she talks about the breed standard, how and where to set angles on the dog, and the “blue” color. As Pina says, “Who knew you would need to know geometry to groom dogs?” Ok – not in-depth geometry but some basic knowledge is very helpful!

Pina is a fabulous high-level educator in our industry. She shares a wealth of knowledge in this grooming lesson that can easily be applied to other breeds.

This entire lesson is filmed before a live audience.

In this video you will learn:

  • ways apply the 2/3 to 1/3 balance principle.
  • how to set in the correct angles in the coat even if the dog doesn’t have perfect structure.
  • 3 ways to set the marcel wave into the coat.
  • how to set the perfect crest every time.
  • how to get a “well let down hock” on a Kerry Blue.

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich

Certifications: NCMG

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989. She realized her passion as a Pet Stylist while working part-time as a bather. In the earlier part of her career Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York.

Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two-time recipient of the Lynne Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. She is the winner of the Winner’s Circle Jackpot 2011 where she won $32,500 for grooming Lucas, her champion American Cocker Spaniel. In 2013 she was the winner of another Jackpot & in 2017 she won The World Dog Show’s World Champion Award.

Irina was a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013. She competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009, 2011, & 2013 helping the U.S. team bring home a Silver & two Golds.

Currently, Irina is a national & international judge & lecturer as well as an ambassador for Artero. Irina was awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year 2014 & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year 2014. She has also been nominated for multiple Cardinal Crystal & Barkleigh awards in 2015.

Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers of America. She is also a Certifier for their company.

Dedicated to improving the industry, Irina teaches at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She travels the world educating through conferences and seminars. She is also an integral part of Artero’s Jornadas events in Spain and the USA.
Irina is associated with Kiyara Poodles, owned by Michael Lamb and Bill Jividen Jr.. Kiyara is a top breeder of miniature poodles in the United States. She is also associated with Kerryfield Kennels, owned by Virginia Harding & Krizma Kennels owned by Lois Grier, top breeders of Kerry Blue Terriers. With these kennels, Irina has bred and co-owned numerous champion Poodles and Kerry Blue Terriers.

Irina is co-owner of a high-end styling salon in Oakland Park, Florida: Päsh the Canine Boudoir. It is here where she is most often found grooming the amazing show dogs that are her passion.

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