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Irish Wolfhound



I used to look at ... my dog and think, 'If you were a little smarter you could tell me what you were thinking,' and he'd look at me like he was saying, 'If you were a little smarter,
I wouldn't have to.'
- Fred Jungclaus

Irish Wolfhound puppy

Kalkinny puppy

Irish Wolfhound adult
 Kalkinny adult Irish Wolfhound

The national dog of Ireland, Irish Wolfhounds are said to be descended from the "Cu", whose history dates back to the pre-Christian era. 

Known to be ferocious in battle, they were used to pull men off horseback and at times to hunt wolves. 

A British officer, Captain Graham, is credited with rescuing the breed from near extinction.  

The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog in the world. Standing at least 32 inches at the shoulder, they are known as "the Gentle Giants". The coarse, wiry coat can be a variety of colours from white, wheaten, and red through to black, with or without brindling. An unusual feature of the breed is the bushy eyebrows and beard!

By six months of age, an Irish Wolfhound can weigh up to 90 lbs., and he does not reach maturity until about two years old. Despite his great size he has a most gentle temperament. He is a perfect gentleman, non-aggressive, and he adores children. Remember his size! An animal this large can unintentionally cause harm simply by bumping into an unsuspecting toddler. The Irish Wolfhound's willingness to please his owners and his protective nature make him a good family dog. He is not usually suspicious so he's not the best guard or watch dog. His impressive size may, however, give a potential intruder pause for thought. As a giant breed, he needs space ... indoors and out.

Obedience training requires patience as the Irish Wolfhound is easily bored. Harsh correction methods should never be used on this sensitive breed. Moderately active, the Irish Wolfhound is happy with a daily walk.


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Irish Wolfhound Club of Canada

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CKC Irish Wolfhound Breed Standard

Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Louise Bouchat-Laird, Kalkinny Kennels




Ann Brockett
Site 4, Box 26, RR1
Priddis, AB  T0L 1W0
(403) 873-2398



Glynn and Suzan Humphreys
Box 334
Delburne, AB   T0M 0V0
(403) 749-2856


M.J. Kirk
Box 89
Newbrook, AB  T0A 2P0
(780) 576-2364


Ian and Laurie Rutherford
1, 53250 Range Road 215
Ardrossan, AB  T8E 2B3
(780) 922-2654





Brad and Dorothy Magnus
Box 621 
Luseland, SK  S0L2A0 
(306) 372-4575  
PrairieTrail Reg'd




Shelley Camm
R.R. #3
Dundalk, ON  N0C 1B0
(519) 923-2681

Yasashiikuma Perm Reg'd

Louise Bouchat-Laird 
2682 Glen Street 
Metcalfe, ON   K0A 2P0 
(613) 821-1221 

Kalkinny Kennels

Judith Ryan
Box 550
Rockwood, ON   N0B 2K0
(519) 856-2223

Curiann Reg'd

Kyreen Shorey
927 Auden Park Drive 
Kingston, ON   K7M 4T8 
(613) 389-6907  

**Puppies due October 2015**

Irish Wolfhounds
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Irish Wolfhound Rescue



Did you know?

The Irish Wolfhound
 is so revered In Ireland
that it has appeared as a symbol on everything from jars of Tulamore Dew whiskey to every piece of Belleek Pottery. 

The Irish sixpence once featured the likeness of the international show champion - Finbarr. 

And, in 1983, Ireland commemorated her enduring love and homage for the breed she claims as her own, by issuing a postage stamp which featured the Irish Wolfhound.



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