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The Breed Standard

All pedigree breeds of dogs have a breed standard (usually maintained by a national or international breed association) describing the desirable characteristics that a specimen of the breed should possess in order to fulfil the function that the breed was developed for. The standard will also describe undesirable features that may, at first sight, appear cosmetic but that usually have a functional (or dysfunctional) basis.

In the case of the Irish Wolfhound the original breed standard was drawn up in 1885 by the following the efforts of Captain George Graham to rescue the breed from near-extinction. Since then the substance standard has remained relatively unchanged although there have been refinements in content and format over the years. Any change to the standard is the source of much debate as can be seen in the following link, http://www.fiwc.club/main/en/en_standard.html. Similarly, as of mid-2017, the FCI standard was due to include an overshot bite (the upper canines project beyond the lower canines) as a fault in the standard.

In the case of Irish Wolfhounds in South Africa the official breed standard used by judges is that adopted by KUSA (Kennel Union of South Africa) and published on their website. https://www.kusa.co.za/index.php/documents/breed-standards/hound-group/1040-irish-wolfhound-2 . This standard is the same as that of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) that has developed a standardised format for breed standards.

In the case of the Irish Wolfhound, the FCI breed standard omits the “points in order of merit” that are still used by some breed associations and are dear to the heart of many wolfhound admirers. The points in order of merit serve as a useful overview of the breed and are set out below.

The Irish Wolfhound is a rough-coated Greyhound-like breed, the tallest of the coursing hounds and remarkable in combining power and swiftness.

  1. Great size and commanding appearance.
  2. Movements easy and active.
  3. Head, long and level, carried high.
  4. Forelegs, heavily boned, quite straight; elbows well set under.
  5. Thighs, long and muscular; second thighs, well-muscled, stifles nicely bent.
  6. Coat, rough and hard, especially wiry and long over eyes and under jaw.
  7. Body, long, well ribbed up, with ribs well sprung, and great breadth across hips.
  8. Loins arched, belly well drawn up.
  9. Ears, small, Greyhound- like carriage.
  10. Feet, moderately large and round; toes, close, well arched.
  11. Neck, long, well arched and very strong.
  12. Chest, very deep, moderately broad.
  13. Shoulders, muscular, set sloping.
  14. Tail, long and slightly curved.
  15. Eyes, dark.

For newcomers to the breed a particularly useful link that illustrates what the breed characteristics look like in practise is the Illustrated Standard by the Irish Wolfhound Club of America. https://www.iwclubofamerica.org/IllustratedStandard

Breed History

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The continental Celts kept a greyhound, probably descended from the greyhounds first depicted in Egyptian paintings. Like their continental counterparts, the Irish Celts were interested in breeding large hounds, but theirs seem to have been even bigger than the more ancient variety. These large Irish hounds could have had smooth or rough coats but, in later time, the rough coat predominated possibly because of the Irish weather. The first written account of these dogs was by a Roman Consul in 391 A.D. but they were already established in Ireland in the first century A.D. when Setanta changed his name to Cu-Chulainn (the hound of Culan). Mention is made of the Uisneach (1st century) taking 150 hounds with them in their flight to Scotland. Irish hounds undoubtedly formed the basis of the Scottish Deerhound. Pairs of Irish hounds were prized as gifts by the Royal houses of Europe, Scandinavia and elsewhere from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

From the 9th century Book of Kells

They were sent to England, Spain, France, Sweden, Denmark, Persia, India and Poland. The change of name to Wolfdog probably dates from the15th century when each county was required to keep 24 Wolfdogs to protect farmers flocks from the ravages of wolves. The Cromwellian prohibition (1652) on the export of Wolfhounds helped preserve their numbers for a time but the gradual disappearance of the wolf, and the continued demand abroad, reduced their numbers almost to the point of extinction by the end of the 17th century. It was probably part of the surge of the Romantic nationalism which helped interest in the breed. The Wolfhound achieved a true strain only through fairly frequent inbreeding, but the results were ultimately accepted as a legitimate revival of the breed. A club for the Irish Wolfhound was formed in 1885 and the Irish Kennel Club scheduled a class for the breed at their show in April 1879. The Irish Wolfhound now enjoys once again something of the reputation it had in the Middle Ages and excites the most interest because it is a living symbol of Irish culture, a remembrance of the Celtic past.

Results 2017 Championship Show

2017

Irish Wolfhound Club of Gauteng Championship Show 2017

RESULTS

DOGS
Junior Dog
1st TODDINGTON DONEGAN OF BALLYASKETILL

Breeder: Mrs B. Harmer

Owner: Mr V. Haskins

2nd GLENGARRIF PATRAIG   

Breeder: Mr G. & Mrs L. Harvey

Owner: Breeder

 
3rd BRENAK ROMULUS

Breeder: Mrs D. Barnard

Owner: Breeder

 
Graduate Dog
1st DUROSS DRAKE OF GLENARAN  

Breeder: Mrs M. du Plessis

Owner: Ms C. Lee

 
2nd DUROSS DUBLIN

Breeder: Mrs M. du Plessis

Owner: Breeder

 
SA Bred Dog
1st CH. BALLYASKETILL WEE JAMIE

Breeder: Mr V. Haskins

Owner: Breeder

2nd BALLYASKETILL FALCOR OF INISFAIL

Breeder: Mr V. Haskins

Owner: Mrs C. Fletcher

 
3rd MUKONRY CU-DOUGAL-CONRYBreeder: Dr C. Erntzen

Owner: Mr P. Santilhano

 
4th GLENGARRIF OWAIN

Breeder: Mr G. & Mrs L. Harvey

Owner: Breeder

 
5th BRENAK CULLEN

Breeder: Mrs D. Barnard

Owner: Breeder

 
Open Dog
1st CH. SWORDSTONE JOEL 

Breeder: Mrs J. Scott

Owner: Breeder

2nd DANAAN TUATHA CIARAN

Breeder: Ms B. Robinson

Owner: Breeder

 
3rd ESSEX VKCI PISEN OF MUKONRY

Breeder: R. Vlckova (Czech)

Owner: Dr C. Erntzen

 
CC Dog
  TODDINGTON DONEGAN OF BALLYASKETILL

Breeder: Mrs B. Harmer

Owner: Mr V. Haskins

RCC Dog
  CH. SWORDSTONE JOEL 

Breeder: Mrs J. Scott

Owner: Breeder

 
Champion Dog
1st CH. BALLYASKETILL FAGAN OF ZABUSH

Breeder: Mr V. Haskins

Owner: Miss I. Linnekugel

2nd CH. CELTICLIGHT ASLAN CRUSADER OF TODDINGTON 

Breeder: Mrs L. Notelovitz

Owner: Mrs B. Harmer

 
3rd CH. PITLOCHRY’S UNCLE STING OF DUROSS (Imp Neth)   

Breeder: Dr N. Fernhout (Neth)

Owner: Mrs M. du Plessis

 

 

BITCHES
Minor Puppy Bitch
1st ZABUSH GEZA

Breeder: Miss I. Linnekugel

Owner: Breeder

Junior Bitch
1st TODDINGTON AURA

Breeder: Mrs B. Harmer

Owner: Breeder

2nd ZABUSH JADE-THE-JESTER

Breeder: Miss I. Linnekugel

Owner: Ms C. Lee

 
3rd ZABUSH MATILDA

Breeder: Miss I. Linnekugel

Owner: Breeder

 
4th GLENGARRIF PEYTON

Breeder: Mr G. & Mrs L. Harvey

Owner: Breeder

 
Graduate Bitch
1st DUROSS DAYA

Breeder: Mrs M. du Plessis

Owner: Mrs M. du Plessis

SA Bred Bitch
1st CH. SWORDSTONE KAOS

Breeder: Mrs J. Scott

Owner: Breeder

2nd BALLYASKETILL ROISIN

Breeder: Mr V. Haskins

Owner: Breeder

 
3rd MUKONRY BE STIRLING

Breeder: Mr D. Erntzen

Owner: Mr P. Santilhano

 
Veteran Bitch
1st CH. DAKOTA VON DER SAALMÜHLE.(Imp Germ)

Breeder: Mrs C. Schmutzler

Owner: Mrs M. du Plessis

Open Bitch
1st DANAAN TUATHA FIONUALA

Breeder: Ms B. Robinson

Owner: Breeder

2nd BALLYASKETILL AOIFE

Breeder: Mr V. Haskins

Owner: Breeder

 
3rd OCOOL ORACLE OF FIRST AVENUE OF DUROSS     

Breeder: R.  Vandamme

Owner: Mrs M. du Plessis

 
4th BRIBIBA LAOGHAIRE OF MUKONRY (Imp Scot)

Breeder: B. & W. Barnbrook

Owner: Dr C. Erntzen

 
CC Bitch
  CH. SWORDSTONE KAOS

Breeder: Mrs J. Scott

 Owner: Breeder

RCC Bitch
  DANAAN TUATHA FIONUALA

Breeder: Ms B. Robinson

Owner: Breeder

 
Champion Bitch
1st CH. GLENGARRIF NAINSI

Breeder: Mr G. & Mrs L. Harvey

Owner: Breeder

2nd CH. TODDINGTON PAGAN  

Breeder: Mrs B. Harmer

Owner: Breeder

 
3rd CH. ZABUSH TAFFY-THE-AFFEN

Breeder: Miss I. Linnekugel

Owner: Breeder

 
4th CH. SWORDSTONE ITHILIEN OF TODDINGTON 

Breeder: Mrs J. Scott

Owner: Mrs B. Harmer

 
Best in Show
  TODDINGTON DONEGAN OF BALLYASKETILL

Breeder: Mrs B. Harmer

Owner: Mr V. Haskins

Reserve Best in Show
  CH. GLENGARRIF NAINSI

Breeder: Mr G. & Mrs L. Harvey

Owner: Breeder

Best Puppy in Show
  ZABUSH GEZA

Breeder: Miss I. Linnekugel

Owner: Breeder

Points 2010-2016

2017

2010
POSITION POINTS TOP TEN 2010 OWNER
1 140 Glengarrif Lyndsea of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
2 90 Ch. Swordstone Haldor Bob & Biddy Harmer
3 64 Pitlochry’s Charlotte of Duross (Imp Holl) Riana du Plessis
4 54 Brenak Starseeker of Marsgradivus Debby Collyer
5 50 Ch. Morgalen Aenghus of Bally Asketill Vic Haskins
6 43 Dakota von der Saalmuhle of Duross Riana du Plessis
7 35 Ch. Swordstone Faolan Julia Scott
8 35 Zabush Zolah of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
9 32 Morgalen Niamh of Swordstone Julia Scott
10 28 Glengarrif Laoise Glen & Lyn Harvey
       
POSITION POINTS PUPPY OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 9 Pitlochry’s Charlotte of Duross (Imp Holl) Riana du Plessis
2 3 Zabush Leila Ingrid Linnekugel
3 2 Danaan Celtic Cu Shyla of Darzet Heather Gould
4 1 Dakota von der Saalmuhle of Duross Riana du Plessis
       
POSITION BoB’s BEST OF BREEDS OWNER
1 10 Glengarrif Lyndsea of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
2 8 Ch. Swordstone Haldor Bob & Biddy Harmer
3 5 Ch. Morgalen Aenghus of Bally Asketill Vic Haskins
3 5 Pitlochry’s Charlotte of Duross (Imp Holl) Riana du Plessis
5 4 Dakota von der Saalmuhle of Duross Riana du Plessis
6 2 Swordstone Heartsong Julia Scott
6 2 Ch. Swordstone Faolan Julia Scott
6 2 Morgalen Niamh of Swordstone Julia Scott
9 1 Ch. Darzet Celtic Cu Holly Dawn Barnard
9 1 Ch. Swordstone Faie Julia Scott
9 1 Ch. Swordstone Gemagh of Sedgeking Geoff Jones
9 1 Brenak Starseeker of Marsgradivus Debby Collyer
9 1 Dreamvalley Misty L. Kaese
9 1 Zabush Zolah of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
       
POSITION CC’s MOST CC’s OWNER
1 12 Brenak Starseeker of Marsgradivus Debby Collyer
2 11 Glengarrif Lyndsea of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
3 6 Morgalen Niamh of Swordstone Julia Scott
3 6 Von Valinor Awakenings of Mukonry Clare Erntzen
3 6 Glengarrif Lauchlann of Cuaine Ludwig Jooste
6 5 Dakota von der Saalmuhle of Duross Riana du Plessis
6 5 Pitlochry’s Charlotte of Duross (Imp Holl) Riana du Plessis
8 3 Glengarrif Laoise Glen & Lyn Harvey
8 3 Morgalen Tallulaghmae of Ballyasketill Vic Haskins
10 2 St Annes Cu Grey of Darzet Heather Gould
10 2 Brenak Stargazer Dawn Barnard
10 2 Sunvalley Oscar Cath Gruber
10 2 Swordstone Heartsong Julia Scott
10 2 Danaan Celtic Cu Shyla of Darzet Heather Gould
       
POSITION POINTS BREEDER OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 184 GLENGARRIF Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 180 SWORDSTONE Julia Scott
3 104 MORGALEN Denise Moore
4 62 BRENAK Dawn Barnard
5 57 ZABUSH Ingrid Linnekugel
6 15 DARZET Heather Gould
7 5 DANAAN Beulah Robinson
8 4 SUNVALLEY Cath Gruber
8 4 St ANNES R. Llewellyn

 

2011
POSITION POINTS TOP TEN 2011 OWNER
1 210 Ch. Morgalen Black Jack Denise Moore
2 94 Ch. Pitlochry’s Charlotte of Duross (Imp Holl) Riana du Plessis
3 64 Ch. Brenak Starburst of Morgalen Denise Moore
4 64 Ch. Darzet Celtic Cu Holly Heather Gould
5 57 Ch. Danaan Celtic Cu Shyla of Darzet Heather Gould
6 55 Ch. Swordstone Haldor Bob & Biddy Harmer
7 41 Ch. Morgalen Aenghus of Bally Asketill Vic Haskins
8 40 Danaan Celtic Spirit Beulah Robinson
9 32 Ch. Glengarrif Laoise Glen & Lyn Harvey
10 30 Glengarrif Lyndsea of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
       
POSITION POINTS PUPPY OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 13 Swordstone Ithilien of Toddington Bob & Biddy Harmer
2 11 Pitlochry’s Jack of Glengarrif Glen & Lyn Harvey
3 3 Argwinlan Divienne of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
4 2 Argwinlan Derry of Cuaine Ludwig Jooste
4 2 Mukonry Aine Clare Erntzen
6 1 Argwinlan Dara of Glengarrif Glen & Lyn Harvey
6 1 Tressa Arizona of Kariley Pat Jarvie
6 1 Swordstone Igraine Julia Scott
       
POSITION BoB’s BEST OF BREEDS OWNER
1 12 Ch. Morgalen Black Jack Denise Moore
2 6 Ch. Pitlochry’s Charlotte of Duross (Imp Holl) Riana du Plessis
2 6 Ch. Darzet Celtic Cu Holly Heather Gould
4 3 Ch. Swordstone Haldor Bob & Biddy Harmer
4 3 Ch. Morgalen Aenghus of Bally Asketill Vic Haskins
4 3 Glengarrif Lyndsea of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
4 3 Ch. Danaan Celtic Cu Shyla of Darzet Heather Gould
4 3 Ch. Brenak Starburst of Morgalen Denise Moore
9 2 Danaan Celtic Spirit Beulah Robinson
9 2 Argwinlan Divienne of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
11 1 Zabush Madra Ingrid Linnekugel
11 1 Ch. Von Valinor Awakenings of Mukonry Clare Erntzen
11 1 Ch. Glengarrif Laoise Glen & Lyn Harvey
11 1 Brenak Starseeker of Marsgradivus Debby Collyer
       
POSITION CC’s MOST CC’s OWNER
1 17 Ch. Morgalen Black Jack Denise Moore
2 11 Ch. Pitlochry’s Charlotte of Duross (Imp Holl) Riana du Plessis
3 8 Ch. Brenak Starburst of Morgalen Denise Moore
3 8 Pitlochry’s Jack of Glengarrif Glen & Lyn Harvey
5 7 Ch. Danaan Celtic Cu Shyla of Darzet Heather Gould
6 5 Ch. Von Valinor Awakenings of Mukonry Clare Erntzen
7 4 Danaan Celtic Spirit Beulah Robinson
7 4 Ch. Glengarrif Laoise Glen & Lyn Harvey
7 4 Zabush Madra Ingrid Linnekugel
10 3 Argwinlan Divienne of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
11 2 Morgalen Whillow of Mukonry Clare Erntzen
11 2 Ch. Sedgeking Bandia of Swordstone Geoff Jones
13 1 Dakota von der Saalmuhle of Duross Riana du Plessis
13 1 Brenak Stargazer Dawn Barnard
13 1 St Annes Cu Grey of Darzet Heather Gould
13 1 Gandalf of Kilrea  
POSITION POINTS BREEDER OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 261 MORGALEN Denise Moore
2 132 PITLOCHRY C. Fernhout (Neth)
3 87 BRENAK Dawn Barnard
4 74 SWORDSTONE Julia Scott
5 64 DARZET Heather Gould
6 62 GLENGARIFF Glen & Lyn Harvey
7 41 DANAAN Beulah Robinson
8 23 ZABUSH Ingrid Linnekugel
9 11 ARGWINLAN John Pettigrew
10 5 St. ANNES R. Llewellyn
11 4 SEDGEKING Geoff Jones

 

2012
POSITION POINTS TOP TEN 2012 OWNER
1 940 Zabush Madra  Ingrid Linnekugel
2 708 Eoghan III du Grand Chien de Culann of  Linda Notelovitz
3 608 Pitlochry’s Gregory of Duross  Riana du Plessis
4 578 Ch. Morgalen Niamh of Swordstone  Julia Scott
5 536 Ch. Morgalen Black Jack  Denise Moore
6 454 Pitlochry’s Jack of Glengarrif  Glen & Lyn Harvey
7 396 Ch. Tressa Arizona of Kariley  Pat Jarvey
8 344 Ch. Swordstone Haldor  Bob & Biddy Harmer
9 318 Ch. Argwinlan Dara of Glengarrif  Glen & Lyn Harvey
10 286 Swordstone Icon  Hazel Allsop
       
POSITION POINTS PUPPY OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 21 Morgalen Belleisle Denise Moore
2 14 Wolfhouse Yellowknife of Swordstone Julia Scott
3 12 Zabush Raven of Bally Asketill Vic Haskins
4 6 Glengarrif Mary Glen & Lyn Harvey
4 6 Mukonry Anlon Clare Erntzen
4 6 Dahlriadah Ailbhe P. Lubbinge
7 5 Glengarrif Mr Magee of Darzet Heather Gould
8 3 Dahlriadah Achlere Tara P. Lubbinge
9 2 Swordstone Juno of Mukonry Clare Erntzen
       
POSITION BoB’s BEST OF BREEDS OWNER
1 7 Ch. Morgalen Black Jack  Denise Moore
2 5 Eoghan III du Grand Chien de Culann of  Linda Notelovitz
3 4 Zabush Madra  Ingrid Linnekugel
3 4 Pitlochry’s Gregory of Duross  Riana du Plessis
3 4 Ch. Darzet Celtic Cu Holly Heather Gould
6 3 Ch. Tressa Arizona of Kariley  Pat Jarvey
6 3 Swordstone Icon  Hazel Allsop
8 2 Swordstone Ithilien of Toddington Bob & Biddy Harmer
8 2 Ch. Swordstone Haldor  Bob & Biddy Harmer
8 2 Ch. Danaan Celtic Cu Shyla of Darzet Heather Gould
8 2 Argwinlan Divienne of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
12 1 Pitlochry’s Jack of Glengarrif Glen & Lyn Harvey
12 1 Ch. Morgalen Niamh of Swordstone Julia Scott
12 1 Glengarrif Mr Magee of Darzet Heather Gould
       
POSITION CC’s MOST CC’s OWNER
1 7 Ch. Tressa Arizona of Kariley  Pat Jarvey
1 7 Swordstone Icon  Hazel Allsop
1 7 Pitlochry’s Jack of Glengarrif Glen & Lyn Harvey
1 7 Zabush Madra  Ingrid Linnekugel
5 6 Swordstone Ithilien of Toddington Bob & Biddy Harmer
5 6 Pitlochry’s Gregory of Duross  Riana du Plessis
7 5 Glengarrif Mr Magee of Darzet Heather Gould
7 5 Ch. Danaan Celtic Cu Shyla of Darzet Heather Gould
7 5 Argwinlan Dara of Glengarrif Glen & Lyn Harvey
7 5 Eoghan III du Grand Chien de Culann of  Linda Notelovitz
11 4 Ch. Darzet Celtic Cu Holly Heather Gould
11 4 Argwinlan Divienne of Santitia Sandra Nieuwoudt
13 2 Morgalen Belleisle Denise Moore
13 2 Swordstone Igraine Julia Scott
       
POSITION POINTS BREEDER OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 1425 MORGALEN Denise Moore
2 1088 SWORDSTONE Julia Scott
3 1014 ZABUSH Ingrid Linnekugel
4 708 Du GRAND CHIEN de CULANN F. Maison (Fr)
5 454 PITLOCHRY C. Fernhout (Neth)
6 396 TRESSA L. BlanChe
7 318 ARGWINLAN John Pettigrew
8 198 DARZET Heather Gould
9 95 GLENGARIFF Glen & Lyn Harvey

 

2013
POSITION POINTS TOP TEN 2013 OWNER
1 3372 Ch. Pitlochry’s Jack of Glengarrif Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 1170 Celticlight Aslan Crusader of Toddington Bob & Biddy Harmer
3 1088 Ch. Tressa Arizona of Kariley Pat Jarvey
4 756 Duross Brunee Riana du Plessis
5 660 Ch. Pitlochry’s Gregory of Duross Riana du Plessis
6 630 Morgalen Belleisle Denise Moore
7 616 Swordstone Juno of Mukonry Clare Erntzen
8 508 Swordstone Igraine Julia Scott
9 504 Ch. Zabush Madra Ingrid Linnekugel
10 494 Ch. Glengarrif Mary Glen & Lyn Harvey
       
POSITION POINTS PUPPY OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 59 Glengarrif Nainsi Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 14 Duross Brunee Riana du Plessis
3 12 Celticlight Aslan Crusader of Toddington Bob & Biddy Harmer
3 12 Celticlight Batya Binn Linda Notelovitz
5 7 Zabush Taffy-the-Affen Ingrid Linnekugel
5 7 Mukonry Brennan Clare Erntzen
7 5 Cuaine Che Ludwig Jooste
       
POSITION BoB’s BEST OF BREEDS OWNER
1 22 Ch. Pitlochry’s Jack of Glengarrif Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 5 Ch. Pitlochry’s Gregory of Duross Riana du Plessis
3 4 Celticlight Aslan Crusader of Toddington Bob & Biddy Harmer
4 3 Morgalen Defiance of Mhadaidh Denise Moore
4 3 Ch. Zabush Madra Ingrid Linnekugel
4 3 Morgalen Belleisle Denise Moore
7 2 Ch. Tressa Arizona of Kariley Pat Jarvey
7 2 Ch. Eoghan III du Grand Chien de Culann of Celticlight Linda Notelovitz
9 1 Ch. Swordstone Icon Hazel Allsop
9 1 Swordstone Igraine Julia Scott
9 1 Ch. Swordstone Ithilien of Toddington Bob & Biddy Harmer
9 1 Swordstone Juno of Mukonry Clare Erntzen
9 1 Glengarrif Mary Glen & Lyn Harvey
9 1 Duross Brunee Riana du Plessis
       
POSITION CC’s MOST CC’s OWNER
1 23 Ch. Pitlochry’s Jack of Glengarrif Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 14 Ch. Glengarrif Mary Glen & Lyn Harvey
3 10 Duross Brunee Riana du Plessis
4 9 Celticlight Aslan Crusader of Toddington Bob & Biddy Harmer
5 7 Swordstone Igraine Julia Scott
6 6 Morgalen Defiance of Mhadaidh Denise Moore
6 6 Glengarrif Mey of Danaan Beulah Robinson
8 5 Swordstone Juno of Mukonry Clare Erntzen
9 4 Pitlochry’s Moon Walker of Supermoon Leon van Tubbergh
10 3 Morgalen Belleisle Denise Moore
11 2 Argwinlan Dara of Glengarrif Glen & Lyn Harvey
12 1 Zabush Taffy-the-Affen Ingrid Linnekugel
12 1 Morgalen Victory Denise Moore
12 1 Mukonry Anlon Clare Ernstzen
       
POSITION POINTS BREEDER OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 1616 SWORDSTONE Julia Scott
2 1216 CELTICLIGHT Linda Notelovitz
3 1088 TRESSA L. BlanChe
4 1064 MORGALEN Denise Moore
5 919 GLENGARRIF Glen & Lyn Harvey
6 770 DUROSS Riana du Plessis
7 557 ZABUSH Ingrid Linnekugel
8 155 MUKONRY Clare Ernstzen
9 52 ARGWINLAN John Pettigrew
10 20 DARZET Heather Gould

 

2014
POSITION POINTS TOP TEN 2014 OWNER
1 559 Ch. Celticlight Aslan Crusader of Toddington Bob & Biddy Harmer
2 453 Ch.& Int.Ch. Pitlochry’s Jack of Glengarrif (Imp.Neth) Glen & Lyn Harvey
3 438 Ch. Morgalen Belleisle Denise Moore
4 215 Ch. Pitlochry’s Moon Walker of Supermoon (Imp.Neth) Leon van Tubbergh
5 148 Ch. Glengarrif Nainsi Glen & Lyn Harvey
6 142 Ch. Duross Brunee Riana du Plessis
7 68 Ch. Glengarrif Mary Glen & Lyn Harvey
8 22 Zabush Taffy-the-Affen Ingrid Linnekugel
9 20 Celticlight Aragorn King of Danaan Beulah Robinson
10 19 Ch. Pitlochry’s Gregory of Duross (Imp.Neth) Riana du Plessis
       
POSITION POINTS PUPPY OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 82 Pitlochry’s Uncle Sting of Duross (Imp.Neth)                      Riana du Plessis
2 62 Aragon Clanvegelin of Gobnet  (Imp.Neth)                                   Natalie Grobler
3 41 Pitlochry’s Wild-Wizzle of Supermoon  (Imp.Neth)                        Leon van Tubbergh
4 29 Danaan Tuatha Quinn of Darzet                                                 Heather Gould
5 6 Essex Vlci Pisen of Mukonry (Imp.CzeCh)                                        Clare Ernstzen
       
POSITION BoB’s BEST OF BREEDS OWNER
1 15 Ch.& Int.Ch. Pitlochry’s Jack of Glengarrif (Imp.Neth) Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 14 Ch. Celticlight Aslan Crusader of Toddington Bob & Biddy Harmer
3 11 Ch. Morgalen Belleisle Denise Moore
4 5 Ch. Pitlochry’s Moon Walker of Supermoon (Imp.Neth) Leon van Tubbergh
5 2 Ch. Glengarrif Nainsi Glen & Lyn Harvey
6 1 Glengarrif Niamh of Supermoon Leon van Tubbergh
6 1 Ch. Glengarrif Mary Glen & Lyn Harvey
6 1 Celticlight Aragorn King of Danaan Beulah Robinson
       
POSITION CC’s MOST CC’s OWNER
1 28 Ch. Glengarrif Nainsi Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 14 Ch. Pitlochry’s Moon Walker of Supermoon (Imp.Neth) Leon van Tubbergh
3 7 Celticlight Aragorn King of Danaan Beulah Robinson
4 6 Cuaine Chulainn   Ludwig Jooste
4 6 Glengarrif Niamh of Supermoon Leon van Tubbergh
6 4 Zabush Taffy-the-Affen Ingrid Linnekugel
6 4 Ch. Swordstone Juno of Mukonry  Clare Ernstzen
6 4 Ch. Mukonry Anlon  Derek Erntzen
6 4 Pitlochry’s Uncle Sting of Duross (Imp.Neth)  Riana du Plessis
10 3 Danaan Tuatha Quinn of Darzet  Heather Gould
11 2 Ch. Celticlight Aslan Crusader of Toddington  Bob & Biddy Harmer
11 2 Mukonry Brennan  Clare Ernstzen
       
POSITION POINTS BREEDER OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 633 CELTICLIGHT Linda Notelovitz
2 452 MORGALEN Denise Moore
3 408 GLENGARRIF Glen & Lyn Harvey
4 142 DUROSS Riana du Plessis
5 68 DANAAN Beulah Robinson
6 48 SWORDSTONE Julia Scott
7 44 ZABUSH Ingrid Linnekugel
8 42 MUKONRY Clare Ernstzen
9 32 CUAINE Ludwig Jooste

 

2015
POSITION POINTS TOP TEN 2015 OWNER
1 628 INT Ch. & Ch.PITLOCHR’Y JACK OF GLENGARRIF (IMP NETH) Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 588 Ch.PITLOCHRY’S MOONWALKER OF SUPERMOON (IMP NETH) Leon van Tubbergh
3 565 Ch.GLENGARRIF MARY Glen & Lyn Harvey
4 140 Ch.GLENGARRIF NAIMH Leon van Tubbergh
5 138 Ch.GLENGARRIF NAINSI Glen & Lyn Harvey
6 108 Ch.CELTICLIGHT ASLAN CRUSADER OF TODDINGTON Biddy Harmer
7 71 ZABUSH TAFFY-THE-AFFEN Ingrid Linnekugel
8 20 Ch.PITLOCHRY’S UNCLE STING OF DUROSS (IMP NETH) Riana du Plessis
9 12 DANAAN TUATHA QUINN OF DARZET Heather Gould
10 11 PITLOCHRY’S WILD-WIZZLE OF SUPERMOON (IMP NETH) Leon van Tubbergh
       
POSITION POINTS PUPPY OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 77 TODDINGTON PAGAN Biddy Harmer
2 46 BRIBIBA LAOGHAIRE OF MUKONRY (IMP SCOTLAND) Clare Ernstzen
3 44 SWORDSTONE KAOS Julia Scott
3 34 ZABUSH AGATHA Ingrid Linnekugel
5 19 ESSEX VKCI PISEN OF MUKONRY (IMP CZECH) Clare Ernstzen
6 17 DANAAN TUATHA KIPLING Lee Lumley
7 9 DANAAN TUATHA CIARIAN Beulah Robinson
8 6 DHAMRAKS EGHAN Rory Gainsford
8 6 BRENAK DOUBLE DANGER Dawn Barnard
       
POSITION BoB’s BEST OF BREEDS OWNER
1 17 Ch.PITLOCHRY’S MOONWALKER OF SUPERMOON (IMP NETH) Leon van Tubbergh
2 14 INT Ch. & Ch.PITLOCHR’Y JACK OF GLENGARRIF (IMP NETH) Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 14 Ch.GLENGARRIF MARY Glen & Lyn Harvey
4 3 Ch.GLENGARRIF NAIMH Leon van Tubbergh
5 2 ZABUSH TAFFY-THE-AFFEN Ingrid Linnekugel
5 2 Ch.CELTICLIGHT ASLAN CRUSADER OF TODDINGTON Biddy Harmer
7 1 Ch.GLENGARRIF NAINSI Glen & Lyn Harvey
7 1 Ch.PITLOCHRY’S UNCLE STING OF DUROSS (IMP NETH) Riana du Plessis
       
POSITION CC’s MOST CC’s OWNER
1 38 Ch.GLENGARRIF NAINSI Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 9 DANAAN TUATHA QUINN OF DARZET Heather Gould
3 6 Ch.PITLOCHRY’S UNCLE STING OF DUROSS (IMP NETH) Riana du Plessis
4 5 Ch.WOLFHOUSE YELLOWKNIFE OF SWORDSTONE Julia Scott
4 5 DANAAN TUATHA GRIFFON Beulah Robinson
4 5 PITLOCHRY’S WILD-WIZZLE OF SUPERMOON (IMP NETH) Leon van Tubbergh
7 4 CUAINE ALFFA  Ludwig Jooste
7 4 Ch.SWORDSTONE JOEL Julia Scott
7 4 ZABUSH TAFFY-THE-AFFEN Ingrid Linnekugel
10 2 DANAAN THUATHA FIONUALE Beulah Robinson
10 2 MORGALEN REVENGE OF BRENAK Dawn Barnard
12 1 ARAGON CLAN VEGELIAN OF GOBNET Natalie Grober
12 1 MUKONRY BRENNAN Clare Ernstzen
12 1 SWORDSTONE KEAGON  Hazel Allsop
12 1 ESSEX VKCI PISEN OF MUKONRY (IMP CZECh) Clare Ernstzen
12 1 SWORDSTONE KOAS Julia Scott
POSITION POINTS BREEDER OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 991 GLENGARRIF Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 123 DANAAN Beulah Robinson
3 113 ZABUSH Ingrid Linnekugel
4 108 CELTICLIGHT Linda Notelovitz
5 85 TODDINGTON Biddy Harmer
6 82 SWORDSTONE Julia Scott
7 22 CUAINE Ludwig Jooste
8 10 BRENAK Dawn Barnard
9 8 MORGALEN Denise Moore
9 8 MUKONRY Clare Ernstzen
11 2 DUROSS Riana du Plessis

 

2016
POSITION POINTS TOP TEN 2016 OWNER
1 334 Ch.GLENGARRIF MARY(b) Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 314 Ch. & Intl. Ch. PITLOCHRY’S MOONWALKER OF SUPERMOON (IMP NETH) (d) Leon van Tubbergh
3 118 Ch.CELTICLIGHT ASLAN CRUSADER OF TODDINGTON (d) Bob & Biddy Harmer
4 108 Ch.GLENGARRIF NAIMH of SUPERMOON (b) Leon van Tubbergh
5 86 Ch. & Intl. Ch. PITLOCHRY’S JACK OF GLENGARRIF (d)  Glen & Lyn Harvey
6 40 Ch. DANAAN TUATHA QUINN OF DARZET (d) Heather Gould
7 36 Ch.PITLOCHRY’S UNCLE STING OF DUROSS (IMP NETH) (d) Riana du Plessis
8 34 Ch.GLENGARRIF NAINSI (b) Glen & Lyn Harvey
9 28 SWORDSTONE KAOS (b) Julia Scott
10 24 TODDINGTON PAGAN (b) Bob & Biddy Harmer
       
POSITION POINTS PUPPY OF THE YEAR 2016 OWNER
1 75 DUROSS DAYA Riana du Plessis
       
       
POSITION BoB’s BEST OF BREEDS OWNER
1 16 Ch. & Intl. Ch. PITLOCHRY’S MOONWALKER OF SUPERMOON (IMP NETH) (d) Leon van Tubbergh
2 14 Ch.GLENGARRIF MARY (b) Glen & Lyn Harvey
3 6 Ch.CELTICLIGHT ASLAN CRUSADER OF TODDINGTON Bob & Biddy Harmer
4 4 Ch. & Int. Ch.PITLOCHR’Y JACK OF GLENGARRIF (IMP NETH) (d) Glen & Lyn Harvey
4 4 Ch. DANAAN TUATHA QUINN OF DARZET (d) Heather Gould
6 3 Ch. GLENGARRIF NIAMH OF SUPERMOON (b) Leon van Tubbergh
7 2 Ch.PITLOCHRY’S UNCLE STING OF DUROSS (IMP NETH) Riana du Plessis
       
       
POSITION CC’s MOST CC’s OWNER
1 12 Ch.GLENGARRIF NAINSI Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 10 BALLYASKETILL WEE JAMIE Vic Haskins
3 9 DANAAN TUATHA QUINN OF DARZET Heather Gould
4 7 TODDINGTON PAGAN Bob & Biddy Harmer
4 7 Ch. ZABUSH TAFFY-the-AFFEN Ingrid Linnekugel
6 5 BALLYASKETTIL FAGAN Vic Haskins
6 5 SWORDSTONE KAOS Julia Scott
6 5 GLENGARRIF OWAIN Glen & Lyn Harvey
6 5 DANAAN THUATHA CIARAN Beulah Robinson
10 4 DUROSS DAYA Riana du Plessis
10 4 DANAAN TUATHA FIONUALA Beulah Robinson
12 3 DUROSS DRAKE  Maxine Lee
       
       
       
POSITION POINTS BREEDER OF THE YEAR OWNER
1 683 GLENGARRIF Glen & Lyn Harvey
2 176 DUROSS Riana du Plessis
3 144 BALLYASKETILL Vic & Sue Haskins
4 118 CELTICLIGHT Linda Notelovitz
5 106 DANAAN Beulah Robinson
6 104 BRENAK Dawn Barnard
7 94 TODDINGTON Bob & Biddy Harmer
8 49 ZABUSH Ingrid Linnekugel
9 46 SWORDSTONE Julia Scott
       
       

 

 

Results 2016 Championship Show

2016

Irish Wolfhound Club of Gauteng Championship Show

2016

DOGS
Puppy Dog
1st DUROSS DRAKE OF GLENARAN  

Breeder: Mrs M. du Plessis

Owner: Ms C. Lee

2nd DUROSS DUBLIN

Breeder: Mrs M. du Plessis

Owner: Breeder

 
Junior Dog
1st BALLYASKETILL WEE JAMIE

Breeder: Mr V. Haskins

Owner: Breeder

2nd BALLYASKETILL FAGAN

Breeder: Mr V. Haskins

Owner: Breeder

 
3rd BALLYASKETILL FALCOR OF INISFAIL

Breeder: Mr V. Haskins

Owner: Mrs C. Fletcher

 
4th BURGLOISENTHAL AGALACTICA

Breeder: J. Klopper

Owner: Breeder

 
Graduate Dog
1st MUKONRY CU-DOUGAL-CONRY

Breeder: Dr C. Erntzen

Owner: Mr P. Santilhano

2nd BRENAK DOUBLE O SEVEN

Breeder: Mrs D. Barnard

Owner: Breeder

 
SA Bred Dog
1st SWORDSTONE JOEL

Breeder: Mrs J. Scott

Owner: Breeder

2nd CAMMYSMANOR STANLEY WALLIS

Breeder: Mr. M. Cameron

Owner: Breeder

 
Imported Dog
1st PITLOCHRY’S UNCLE STING OF DUROSS (Imp Neth)

Breeder: Dr N. Fernhout (Neth)

Owner: Mrs M. du Plessis

Open Dog
1st WOLFHOUSE YELLOWKNIFE OF SWORDSTONE (Imp. Den)

Breeder: Ms P. Momberg (Denmark)

Owner: Mrs J. Scott

CC Dog
WOLFHOUSE YELLOWKNIFE OF SWORDSTONE (Imp. Den)

Breeder: Ms P. Momberg (Denmark)

Owner: Mrs J. Scott

RCC Dog
CH. SWORDSTONE JOEL

Breeder: Mrs J. Scott

Owner: Breeder

 
Champion
1st Int. Ch. & Ch. PITLOCHRY’S MOON WALKER OF SUPERMOON (Imp. Neth)

Breeder: Dr N. Fernhout (Neth)

Owner: Mr L. van Tubbergh

2nd Int. Ch. & Ch. PITLOCHRY’S JACK OF GLENGARRIF (Imp Neth.)

Breeder: Dr N. Fernhout (Neth)

Owner: Mr G. & Mrs L. Harvey

 
3rd Ch. CELTICLIGHT ASLAN CRUSADER OF TODDINGTON

Breeder: Mrs L. Notelovitz

Owner: Mrs B. Harmer

 
4th Ch. CUAINE ALFFA

Breeder: Mr L. Jooste

Owner: Breeder

 
5th Ch. MORGALEN DEFIANCE OF MHADAIDH.

Breeder: Mrs D. Moore

Owner: Mrs J. Keenan

 

 

BITCHES
Puppy Bitch
1st DUROSS DAYA

Breeder: Mrs M. du Plessis

Owner: Mrs M. du Plessis

Junior Bitch
1st TODDINGTON PAGAN  

Breeder: Mrs B. Harmer

Owner: Breeder

2nd BALLYASKETILL ROISIN

Breeder: Mr V. Haskins

Owner: Breeder

 
3rd O’COOL ORACLE OF FIRST AVENUE OF DUROSS

Breeder: R. van Damme

Owner: Mrs. M. du Plessis

 
Graduate Bitch
1st SWORDSTONE KAOS

Breeder: Mrs J. Scott

Owner: Breeder

2nd BRENAK DOUBLE DANGER

Breeder: Mrs D. Barnard

Owner: Breeder

 
SA Bred Bitch
1st ZABUSH AGATHA

Breeder: Miss I. Linnekugel

Owner: Breeder

Veteran Bitch
1st  VON VALINOR IAYETI OF ZABUSH

Breeder: Miss A. Smith

Owner: Miss I. Linnekugel

2nd  ZABUSH MADRA

Breeder: Miss I. Linnekugel

Owner: Breeder

 
3rd DARZET CU LEIGH OF BRENAK

Breeder: Mrs H.Gould

Owner: Mrs D. Barnard

 
Open Bitch
1st Ch. GLENGARRIF NAINSI

Breeder: Mr G. & Mrs L. Harvey

Owner: Breeder

2nd Ch. ZABUSH TAFFY-THE-AFFEN

Breeder: Miss I. Linnekugel

Owner: Breeder

 
3rd DUROSS ASPEN OF GLENARAN

Breeder: Mrs M. du Plessis

Owner: Ms C. Lee

 
CC Bitch

SWORDSTONE KAOS

Breeder: Mrs. J. Scott

Owner: Breeder

RCC Bitch
TODDINGTON PAGAN  

Breeder: Mrs B. Harmer

Owner: Breeder

 
Champion
1st Ch. GLENGARRIF MARY

Breeder: Mr G. & Mrs L. Harvey

Owner: Breeder

2nd Ch. SWORDSTONE IGRAINE HD A2-A1, ED0-0

Breeder: Mrs J. Scott

Owner: Breeder

 
3rd Ch. DUROSS BRUNEE

Breeder: Mrs M. du Plessis

Owner: Breeder

 
4th Ch. GLENGARRIF NIAMH OF SUPERMOON

Breeder: Mr G. & Mrs L. Harvey

Owner: Mr L. van Tubbergh

 
Best in show
Ch. GLENGARRIF MARY

Breeder: Mr G. & Mrs L. Harvey

Owner: Breeder

Reserve Best in show
Int. Ch. & Ch. PITLOCHRY’S MOON WALKER OF SUPERMOON (Imp. Neth)

Breeder: Dr N. Fernhout (Neth)

Owner: Mr L. van Tubbergh

Best puppy in show
DUROSS DAYA

Breeder: Mrs M. du Plessis

Owner: Mrs M. du Plessis

Irish Wolfhound of the Year 2017

2017

  Name Owner Points
1st Ch. Toddington Donegan of Ballyasketill (d) Vic Haskins 254
2nd Ch. Celticlight Aslan Crusader of Toddington (d) Bob & Biddy Harmer 142
3rd Ch. Glengarrif Patraig (d) Glen & Lyn Harvey 134
4th Ch. Glengarrif Nainsi (b) Glen & Lyn Harvey 126
5th Ch. Pitlochry’s Uncle Sting of Duross (Imp.Neth) (d) Riana du Plessis  116
6th Ch. Toddington Aura (b) Bob & Biddy Harmer  104
7th Ch. Glengarrif Peyton (b) Glen & Lyn Harvey  84
8th Ch. Duross Daya (b) Riana du Plessis 56
9th Ch. Duross Dante (d) Riana du Plessis 34
10th Ch. Ballyasketill Fagan (d) Ingrid Linnekugel 26
Irish Wolfhound Puppy of the Year 2017
Joint 1st Ch. Toddington Donegan of Ballyasketill (d)

Barrassy’s St. Padraigh (d)

Vic Haskins

Riana du Plessis

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Grooming

Articles

Grooming your hound helps keep it clean and healthy and minimizes the shedding of hair around the house.

For showing purposes, grooming the hound is essential if it is to be competitive. Aesthetics apart a rough shaggy coat can obscure the underlying conformation of the hound to the judge who may have very little time to devote to an individual animal.

The best way to learn how to groom a wolfhound is to observe experienced owners doing it. If a newcomer to the breed wishes to show their hound the breeder will often give advice as they want their hounds to appear to best effect in the ring. It is best to groom a hound several weeks before a show to avoid a newly-shorn appearance.

The IWC occasionally holds grooming clinics and these are posted on this site and/or emailed to members.

The photograph below shows some basic grooming instruments and their purpose.

Finishing combs are used to remove debris and for those final touches just before the dog enters the ring.

Stripping knives are used to remove excess hair all over the body, especially around the neck area and anywhere where the coat is thick and unmanageable. It can also be used to strip hair from the hounds ears to emphasize the small size and the double fold. Ear hair should ideally be stripped by gripping it between thumb and forefinger and pulled out without discomfort to the dog.

Thinning shears are used to blend transitional lines and smoothly thin out bulky areas of the coat, such as the ruff that can develop around the neck. Single-sided shears remove coat rapidly while double sided shears are for a fine finish.

A Slicker brush is used for removing loose and dead hair from the hound’s undercoat.

A Stripping comb acts like a rake and is used to rapidly remove thick and/or matted coat.

The following series of “before and after” photographs of the same dog ( Photos by kind permission of Mo Aiken, California USA.) show the effect of good grooming on a hounds appearance. 

And the result!

SOME TIPS FOR

GROOMING YOUR IRISH WOLFHOUND:

  • A lways like to strip when the dog is unwashed. The coat is more “sticky” and easier to grip when it still has natural oils on it.  Once you have groomed then you can wash the dog and just tidy up afterward.
  • Always, ALWAYS increase your hound’s confidence and sociability by touching him often. Regularly touching your dog gives you a chance to see if they have anything that wasn’t there before. This should be done weekly.
  • Don’t decide to strip out a very hairy hound the day before a show. The coat will need time to settle and it is better to bath at least a week before a show to let the natural harshness return after shampooing.  Start by stripping a little each day preferably when the hound is tired, as he will resist less.  Remember, stripping should never be obvious so you should never see scissor or stripping knife marks in the coat.
  • Too little stripping is far better than too much. Bald patches on your dog do nothing for his/her image or chances in the ring!
  • Stripping will improve the quality of your dog’s coat and make him more comfortable.
  • Finger and thumb stripping is the absolute best way to get the best results and the right look. Any tools such as stripping knives, Mars Coat King etc always cut the coat rather than stripping it out.  Where possible use your fingers to strip and if you find it difficult use an old-fashioned rubber finger or a latex glove to give you grip on the hair.
  • Always start by brushing (use a slicker brush) thoroughly then combing with a very fine-tooth comb. Make sure you brush absolutely everywhere. From between the toes to under the tail and around all those sensitive areas that get so mucky and matted. Then you can stand back and look at your dog and decide what needs to be tidied up.
  • Always start on the head, specifically the ears. The ears should ALWAYS be hand stripped.  They are a small enough area to work on without making mistakes or tiring your hands.  Always check the inside of the ears and make sure they are clean and pink and not smelling.  Do not use ear buds in your dog’s ear.  A good ear cleaner is – 1/4mm Thayer’s witch hazel, 3/4 mm Aloe Vera Gel and 2-4 drops Tea Tree Oil. 
  • Remember – on the head, don’t strip forward of the line from the corner of the eye to the corner of the mouth down to the tip of the nose. If absolutely necessary trim a very, very long beard down.
  • Move onto the neck, arguably the most difficult area to strip. The hair is thick and strong for good reason.  It provides protection should it be needed in an encounter with a wolf.  But, lots of hair on the neck makes it look short and stuffy.  Use thinning shears or the Mars Coat King and then finish by hand stripping.
  • The body usually requires less work. You are only going to tidy the dog’s outline.  The only area that will need a bit of harder effort will be the dogs underline i.e. the belly area.
  • Strip the hair tufts off the elbows.
  • Strip the hair tufts off the hocks.
  • Strip the big hair tuft at the base of the tail.

The whole outline of the dog from tip of the nose to the end of the tail should be one continuous smooth curvy line. No dips or bumps.

  • The outer edges of the feet should be neatened. Make sure the nails are cut often and kept short.  This will improve the shape of the foot.  If the dog has dewclaws still attached, don’t forget to trim the nails on these too.
  • Some people do not like stripping their hounds and prefer a more natural shaggy look. However, if you do show your dog, then if the judge has to come to a final decision between two evenly matched dogs, the groomed dog may have the advantage.

Health

Articles

What is liver shunt?

Liver shunt is a condition that affects about 2% of wolfhound puppies and reputable breeders usually test for shunt at about nine weeks. After birth, a malfunction in the development of the puppy circulatory system allows some blood to bypass the liver and waste products, including ammonia, build up in the blood. Symptoms are weight loss, a coat with upright hair, apathy and brain damage leading to circling, apparent blindness and seizures. The onset of these symptoms is affected by various factors such as diet and the severity of the shunt (degree of bypass) and may only become apparent once the pup is in its new home. In South Africa liver shunt has been corrected surgically at least twice (and at significant cost) but puppies with liver shunt are usually euthanized. http://www.cornovi-iw.co.uk/livershunt_page.htm

Puppy Paralysis

Puppy Paralysis or FCE (Fibrocartilagenous Embolism) affects a small minority of Irish Wolfhound puppies and may be hereditary. It typically occurs between the ages of eight and sixteen weeks. The puppy suddenly loses the use of its hind legs due to an embolism in its spinal cord. If the puppy receives prompt veterinary attention, within about three hours, the administration of a steroid and anti-inflammatoriy greatly aids recovery.  Once initial recovery has been achieved, physiotherapy, acupuncture and extended hydrotherapy (“doggy paddle”) usually allows a near complete recovery. The condition occurs in wolfhound puppies, older dogs in other breeds and humans. Relatively few vets have encountered it. Since time is of the essence for successful treatment a wise owner will draw attention to the possibility of FCE. It is a good idea to check if your vet knows about FCE early on.

http://www.robinsonvet.com/documents/Fibrocartilagenoussynd.pdf

Hounds that have had FCE should not be used for breeding.

Correct Puppy Dentition

Although easier said than done with a wriggling puppy, potential owners should check the puppies bite which should be a “scissor bite” (the top teeth nestle neatly against the lower teeth) or, at worst, “level” (the upper and lower teeth touch). A small minority of puppies have an overshot or undershot bite where the upper teeth are respectively materially further forward or behind the lower teeth. Apart from being unsightly a, say, overshot bite has the effect that the lower canines create painful holes in the gums of the upper palette. Sometimes the condition will correct itself as the puppy grows or when the adult teeth appear. Often the condition will not correct itself so it is advisable to get an objective opinion from a vet. Orthodentistry is a possibility or the offending canines can be removed. An overshot or undershot bite is considered a fault when showing. If possible, also check the dam and sires bite.

What is Hip and Elbow Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia (HD & ED) are conditions where joints are malformed because of hereditary factors, over-exercise when young or overfeeding. The condition is infrequent in wolfhounds but is usually severe when it is present and causes the animal great pain. Because of the hereditary component of HD & ED most reputable breeders will X-ray their adult animals prior to breeding them and their HD and ED scores become part of their registered pedigree name. The FCI scale for hip dysplasia is shown below.

FCI GRADE DESCRIPTION FCI CRITERIA
A1 Excellent hips No signs of hip dysplasia
A2 Good hips
B1 Fair hips Near normal hip joints
B2 Marginal dysplasia
C1 Mild dysplasia Mild hip dysplasia
C2 Mild to moderate dysplasia
D1 Moderate dysplasia Moderate hip dysplasia
D2 Moderate to severe dysplasia
E1 Severe dysplasia Severe hip dysplasia
E2 Very severe dysplasia

 

KUSA has no mandatory rules on parental hip dysplasia and puppy registration for Irish Wolfhounds in South Africa but does for other breeds such as the Rottweiler.

When considering buying a puppy it is reasonable to request the breeder to provide the sire and dams HD and ED ratings and/or their 5-generation pedigree.

The Heart

The size of a wolfhound places strain upon the heart and some heart conditions are hereditary. Ideally, hearts should be checked yearly. It is reasonable for a buyer to expect the breeder to have had both parent’s hearts evaluated at the same time that they were tested for HD and ED and to have a veterinary report on whether the heart is clear, or not, of any cardiac abnormality.

Torsion or Bloat

The Irish Wolfhound’s deep chest causes the stomach to sometimes twist and form a constriction like the link between two sausages. This causes gas to build up and inflate the abdomen. Unattended torsion is fatal and, in treating it, time is of the essence. Rapid veterinary attention and surgery is required after which the animal usually recovers fully but torsion can reoccur. Torsion can occur as a result of stress or boisterous play before or after a meal. The symptoms of torsion are that the dog becomes uncharacteristically restless and has a taught abdomen. http://www.iwhealthgroup.co.uk/bloat.html

 Life Expectancy?

Wolfhounds, like other giant breeds, do not live as long as smaller dogs although, probably as a result of the availability of better diets and better medical care, life expectancy does seem to be improving. Eight years used to be considered “a good innings” but is now unexceptional. Wolfhounds now regularly reach ten years.

Other Health Issues

Wolfhounds can get the same illnesses as any other dog. Their fast rate of growth from puppyhood places strain on their skeleton and bone cancer in the legs is unfortunately quite common but can be treated if diagnosed early enough. The cause of even minor limping should be carefully established.

As wolfhounds reach great age the nerves in their spine tend to degenerate and they lose control of their rear legs. Acupuncture can relieve this condition.

Before any surgery you should check that the vet is aware that wolfhounds require less anaesthetic per unit weight than other dogs. This is a problem experienced by all sighthounds stemming from their fat to muscle ratio which affects the removal of the drug from their systems.

An excellent source of information on issues affecting wolfhound health is the Irish Wolfhound Health Group based in the UK http://www.iwhealthgroup.co.uk/

It’s not just dog shows… Wallace the therapy-hound

Articles

When one in lying in a hospital bed, attached to various bags and machines by tubes and wires, it can be a dispiriting and frequently lonely time.

But what if, lying there one was suddenly to see the smiling face of a great, hairy hound level with yours?

The joy that therapy dog visits have brought to numerous patients is difficult to comprehend, but from patents dying in the oncology ward who have taken solace in the company of a dog visitor, through people who have just lost a friend or family member have leaned on strong canine shoulders while they have cried for their loss, to the numerous patients have spent a little time distracted from what ails them in the company of a doggy friend, these visits make a difference.

Our therapy dog group is involved in various different kinds of therapy work, from school visits to working with autistic children and children suffering from epilepsy, visits to old age homes and so forth, but it is the hospital visits that are arguably the most challenging for the dogs, but also the most rewarding.

Mankind has an undeniable bond with dogs. This bond has been built over the last twenty thousand or so years, and it seems to be encoded into out very genes. A number of studies have indicated that simply being in the company of a dog can promote the brain to release endorphins, can reduce stress levels and lower high blood pressure as well. It is a proven fact that people who interact with animals during the healing period heal faster than those who do not, and the animal that has the greatest effect is the dog.

Most people simply feel better after interacting with a dog. It brightens their day and makes everything seem a little better, and that is why dog therapy work is accepted and even encouraged by a large number of medical facilities and hospitals around the world.

Of all the therapy dogs I have ever met, Wallace the wolfhound was one of the greatest. Not because he was the best, there were and are a number of smaller dogs who did and do a better job actually interacting with people than he did, but the one of the greatest because of the incredibly positive impact that his mere presence had on patients.

Without previously having met him, little children over whom he towered would run up to him and throw their arms around his neck. Patients in obvious pain and discomfort would visibly relax in his presence, and anxious family members waiting outside I.C.U. would become engrossed in talking to him.

It was not that he ever did very much, he simply stood there, and was still. For Wallace had about him a truly magical quality of stillness. It was contagious. And if you were very, very fortunate, he might give you a little, gentle lick.

Yet for all of that, he made a huge impact. People who only met him once stop us in the street and ask about him. The nursing sisters at the hospital burst into tears on hearing that he had left us, and a year after his last visit, people still tell stories of the gentle giant who visited them.

Therapy dog work is not for the faint of heart. It is heart breaking to watch the suffering of people and know that there is little one can do but offer a few moments of respite. And it is very hard on the dogs. They must permit all manner of strangers to interact with them, often in cramped conditions where there is no retreat, and often by people who have absolutely no idea how to interact with a dog. And they must do this in a calm and outwardly friendly manner.

In order for a dog and handler to become a therapy dog team, there must be several factors in play. First, there must be a passion on the part of the handler to do this kind of work. The dog must have a stable, and have an even, out going personality, and should not be nervous. The dog should also be in good health. And then there is the training.

All the therapy dogs in our group are expected to have achieved a bare minimum of CGC Bronze, and be working towards Silver and then Gold, and all must undergo intensive training and then pass an evaluation by a behaviouralist. And once they are trained, they need to undergo constant, ongoing re-training to ensure that they remain suitable for the task.

On the physical side, the dogs must be healthy and undergo regular veterinary inspection to ensure they remain healthy. They must be treated against internal parasites on a regular basis, and be treated against tick and flea infestation well. They must be groomed and cleaned before all visits, and always appear in good condition.

I may be just a tiny bit biased, but I believe there is no better way for your Irish Wolfhound to interact with the community than for him or her to do therapy work, and there are no better dogs to do therapy work that the Irish Wolfhound.

Sadly, Wallace left us in December 2016, but he had already been retired for some time before than. Dougal, Reilly and Stirling had in the mean time qualified, and all continue the great work that Wallace started.

It is a pleasure and a privilege to see them work their magic.

Philip Santilhano