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Irish Wolfhound

Country of origin: Ireland.
Date of publication of the original valid standard: 03.20.1990
Purpose: Although until the eighteenth century wolfhounds were also used
to hunt for deer, especially deer, proved
very useful in the fight against the wolves, which occurred
in much of Europe before the forests were cleared.
Classification FCI: Group 10 – Sighthounds
Section 2 – rough-Greyhounds
Without working trial.


It is known today that the Celts of the European continent a greyhound probably descended from the greyhound first depicted in Egyptian paintings. Like their continental tribesman, the Irish Celts were interested in breeding greyhounds large. Probably their dogs were even greater than dogs older varieties. The large Irish hounds could have had smooth or rough coats, but in later prevailed rough coat, possibly because of the Irish climate. The first written account of these dogs is a Roman consul of 391 AD, and so they were known as early as the first century. Then it Setanta changed his name to “Cu-Chulainn” (Dog with Culan). The mentions of escape to Scotland Uisneach’ów (1st century), we find the information that they took with them 150 such dogs. Irish hounds undoubtedly formed the Scottish Deerhound. Ary Irish hounds were prized as gifts by the royal family in Europe, Scandinavia and elsewhere from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century. They were sent to England, Spain, France, Sweden, Denmark, Persia, India and Polish. Changing the name on the Wolfhound was probably in the fifteenth century, a period when each county was required to keep 24 wolfhounds to protect farmers’ flocks decimated by wolves. In 1652 under Cromwell banned the export of hounds, which contributed to preserve their numbers for some time. However, as a result of the extirpation of wolves and still existing demand abroad, gradually decreasing the size of wolfhounds until their almost total extinction of the late nineteenth century. With the nascent-respect for national traditions we owe the renewal of interest in this breed. To determine the type of race it had to be grown in a fairly close kinship, but individuals obtained rasa owes its renaissance. The Irish Kennel Club in April 1879 opened a class for this race on their shows, and in 1885 years was created the Irish Wolfhound Club. Currently, chart Irish regained some fame that enjoyed in the Middle Ages and is attracting attention as a living symbol of Irish culture and heritage of the Celtic past. Chart Irish lamb at home, and lion hunting, it is grown in large numbers outside of Ireland.


Chart Irish should be neither so hard nor as massive as the Great Dane, but it is heavier and more massive than the Scottish greyhound (Deerhound), which should resemble the general type of construction. It is a dog of large size with an impressive appearance, very muscular, strongly built but elegant. His gaits are free and active. Head and neck are highly worn. The tail is carried slightly curved at the end.


Long, carried horizontally and high. The frontal bones are slightly arched, the furrow between his eyes slightly marked.
Skull: Not too broad.
Facial region:
Muzzle: Long and moderately pointed.
Jaws / Teeth: The ideal is a scissor bite but a level bite is acceptable.
Eyes: Dark.
Ears: Small, worn like the greyhound.
Neck: Rather long, very strong and muscular, well arched, without dewlap and loose skin around the throat.


Long and roomy.
Back: Rather long than short.
Loins: Arched.
Croup: Broad between tumors hip.
Chest: Very deep, moderately broad, parapet.
Ribs: Well sprung.
Belly: Well tucked up.


Long, slightly curved upwards, medium thickness, abundantly covered with hair.


Forequarters: They are simple, and their bones strong.
Shoulders: Muscular, to ensure an adequate width of the chest, oblique.
Elbows: Close to the chest, not returned either the outside or the inside.
Forearm: Muscled.
Thighs: Long and muscular
Stifle: Well angulated.
Second thigh: Well muscled, long and strong as in the Greyhound.
Hock: Low not returned either the outside or the inside.
Feet: Moderately large and round, neither turned in nor out, nor inside. Toes well arched and compact. The nails very strong and curved.


Lightweight and free.


HAIR: Hard and rough on the body, legs and head, especially rough (drutowaty) and long over eyes and under jaw. COLOUR: Recognized coat it: gray, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn or any other ointments occurring in Deerhound.


Minimum males: 31 inches (79 cm), weight 120 English pounds (54.5 kilograms). Minimum bitches 28 inches (71 cm), weight 90 English pounds (40.5 kg). Height and weight below the minimum reference constitute a defect eliminate. More growth and impressive look (while maintaining the type), provided that the ratio of height at withers to body length, is a sought after goal. Efforts are being made to the average for the breed was 32 inches (81 cm) to 34 inches (86 cm) for males, while maintaining the power, activity, courage and harmony of shapes.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered
defects resulting in a reduction in exact proportion to its degree.
– Head too heavy or too light.
– Frontal bone with too pronounced bow.
– Nose other than black in color.
– Pink lips or any other color than black.
– Very bright eyes, eyelids pink or liver color.
– Large ears, hanging flat with cheeks.
– Neck short, clear throat.
– Body too short.
– Weak or łęgowaty back or completely straight.
– Chest too narrow or too wide.
– Tail too curled.
– Crooked forelegs. Pasterns too sloping
– The attitude of the French or Clubfoot
– Weak hindquarters.
– A general lack of muscle.
– The fingers are not related.


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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