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Irish Wolfhound

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
Irish Wolfhound
Exercise
Grooming
Appearance
Females min. 28" (71 cm). Min. 90 lb (41 kg) Males min. 32" (79 cm). Min.120 lb (55 kg) Rough hard outercoat. Longer and more wiry around beard and eyes. Grey, brindle, red, black, white, wheaten, fawn, or any other colour acceptable in Deerhounds.
History

Ireland’s history would not be complete without the Irish Wolfhound, now known as the country’s national dog. Likely descended from the giant rough-coated Greyhounds of pre-Christian times, known as cu, the giant sighthound could only be owned by nobility. Legends of Irish Wolfhounds abound, including Ailbhe, who defended the entire populace of the King of Leinster, and Gelert, who his master’s son from a wolf yet paid for it with his life. Originally used as dogs of war, guardians, and hunters of boar, stags and elk, Wolfhounds became specialists in hunting wolves in the 15th and 16th centuries. At that time, wolves were such a problem that it was illegal to export Irish Wolfhounds from the United Kingdom. By the late 1700s, the wolf was extinct and Irish Wolfhounds no longer needed. During the Great Irish Famine of 1845, there was no food to spare for dogs, and the Irish Wolfhound nearly disappeared. In 1859, Captain George Augustus Graham made the breed’s restoration.

Personality

Truly a gentle giant, the Irish Wolfhound is an even-tempered, intelligent and affectionate dog. He loves his family, and despite his large size is completely trustworthy with children and friendly with other animals. Slow to mature, the Wolfhound remains a puppy until two years of age, growing rapidly throughout this period. Being a sight hound, a Wolfhound may give chase if he sees something interesting, and should always be kept in a fenced yard. While enjoying a good run, these dogs are happy to lounge around the house when they’re done.

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Irish Wolfhound Breeders

Briarwood Kennel Reg’d
Ontario

Brairwood Reg’d, Anne Wright. International bloodlines carefully chose for health, temperament and conformation. Home-raised, quality puppies for approved homes. Vet checked, microchipped, vaccinated and regularly dewormed. Weekly video updates. Visitors and questions always welcome. Hastings County, ON. (519) 323-9346; anne@briarwoodconsulting.com

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Curiann Reg’d
Ontario

Curiann Reg’d. Breeding North America’s finest Irish Wolfhounds for type, temperament, movement and longevity. Canadian, US and European bloodlines. Quality puppies for show and companionship. Young adults available occasionally. Visitors welcome by appointment. Contact Judith Ryan. Member IWCC, IWCA, IWCI, IWAGS, IWAWC, RMIWA, IWBASO. PO Box 550, Rockwood, ON N0B 2K0. (519) 856-2223; (519) 856-2047 Fax; jpmryan@aol.com; www.curiann.com

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Kalkinny Kennels
Ontario

Kalkinny Kennels, Louise Bouchat-Laird. It is our goal to produce the highest quality Irish Wolfhounds. All our dogs are C.E.R.F. & O.F.A tested for eyes, hips, elbows and heart disease. All puppies are liver shunt tested. We are situated just south of Ottawa, Ontario. (613) 821-1221; Fax (613) 821-4334; kalkinnyirishwolfhounds@yahoo.ca; www.kalkinnykennels.com

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