of the IRISH WOLFHOUND
Standard No 160/ 02-04-2001 / GB
Up to the end of the17th century, Irish Wolfhounds were used for
hunting wolves and deer in Ireland. They were also used for hunting the
wolves that infested large areas of Europe before the forests were
Section 2 Rough-haired Sighthounds.
The Irish Wolfhound should not be quite so heavy or massive as
the Great Dane,
but more so than the Deerhound, which in general type he should
Of great size and commanding appearance, very muscular, strongly
though gracefully built, movements easy and active; head and neck
carried high; the tail carried with an upward sweep with a slight curve
towards the extremity.
size, including height at shoulder and proportionate length of body, is
the desideratum to be aimed at, and it is desired to firmly establish a
race that shall average 32 inches (81cm) to 34 inches (86cm) in dogs,
showing the requisite power, activity, courage and symmetry.
at home, lions in the chase”.
Long and level, carried high; the frontal bones of the forehead
very slightly raised and very little indentation between the eyes.
Long and moderately pointed.
Scissor bite ideal, level acceptable.
Small, rose ears (Greyhound like in carriage).
long, very strong and muscular, well arched, without dewlap or loose
skin about the throat.
well ribbed up.
Rather long than short
Great breadth across hips
Very deep, moderately broad, breast wide.
Well drawn up.
Long and slightly curved, of moderate thickness, and well covered
Muscular, giving breadth of chest, set sloping.
Well under, neither turned inwards nor outwards.
Muscular, heavily boned, quite straight
Well muscled, long and strong.
Well let down and turning neither in nor out.
large and round, neither turned inward nor outwards.
Toes, well arched and closed.
Nails, very strong and curved.
easy and active.
and hard on body, legs and head; especially wiry.
Hair over eyes and beard especially wiry.
The recognised colours are grey, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn
or any colour that appears in the Deerhound
averaging 32 inches (81cm)
to 34 inches (86cm) in dogs.
31 inches (79 cm).
pounds (54.5 kg).
28 inches (71 cm).
pounds (40.5 kg).
departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact
proportion to its degree.
light or too heavy a head.
highly arched frontal bone.
forelegs; weak pasterns.
hindquarters and a general want of muscle.
short in body.
Back sunken or hollow or quite straight.
Large ears and hanging flat to the face.
Short neck; full dewlap.
too narrow or too broad.
of any colour other than black.
of any colour other than black.
light eyes. Pink or liver coloured eyelids.
animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into
are two in-depth studies of the Irish Wolfhound Standard that were very
useful to me in thoroughly understanding the structure and function of
is a comprehensive discussion of the breed Standard
by Shelley Camm of Yasashiikuma Kennel from Canada, which was presented
at a seminar for judges.
second study is a detailed explanation of the Standard
by Helen Baird, published in the Irish Wolfhound Club of Great