Here you will find information on our hounds past and present, together with advice for anyone thinking of taking on a Wolfhound for the first time, and the responsibility of living with this wonderful breed.
I have owned, bred and shown Irish Wolfhounds for around 30 years and usually have a small number of hounds, no more than 7 or 8 at one time. Visitors can see every area where the dogs are kept, no areas out of bounds, we want people to see all of our hounds living with us sharing our space – and we theirs; they are part of our family and we love the individuality of each hound’s personality and character; which makes them such a lovely breed to live with. We are extremely fortunate live in the Worcestershire countryside where the dogs have plenty of space to stretch their legs in our fields and woodland, and we can also exercise them in the beautiful Wyre Forest.
I am a full member of both the UK Breed Clubs, sat on the Irish Wolfhound Health Group as a representative for the IW Society for 8 years, and am currently the Secretary and Trustee of the Irish Wolfhound Rescue Trust.
Puppies arrive at Cornovi when I want to keep one for myself, I do not breed for any other reason. When I do breed a litter – health and temperament are at the top of my list of considerations, I try to work with other breeders who think along the same lines as myself – especially when working towards improving the longevity of our breed. I also hope to produce quality dogs that fit as near as possible the breed standard, so I also a show my hounds, albeit moderately, but it does allow me to keep an eye on how my hounds measure against others in the breed and benefit from the opinions of the judges and my peers. Most importantly I also talk to, and share knowledge with, other breeders which is something particularly important when breeding with health issues in mind, and another great benefit is some great friends made along the way.
I am not a Kennel Club Assured Breeder – the scheme does is not designed for smaller selective breeders like me and I do not believe it upholds the values I feel important, such as not breeding on a commercial scale.
If I do not have a litter of puppies, I may well know a breeder who does so please enquire. For more information and advice on finding puppies please click the Puppy Search link to the left that will take you to www.irishwolfhoundpuppies.co.uk of which I am one of the administrators
Wolfhounds are a wonderful breed, I can’t imagine living without them, but they are not a breed for everyone and it is essential that you do your research properly before venturing to buy a Wolfhound.
The’ Gentle Giants’ adage is largely true and they are wonderful family companions. But at the heart of it they are still the sighthound they were intended to be. So as a first time owner, you need to be aware of the general characteristics.
They may chase anything that runs away from them. They may kill sheep and chickens; odd hounds might be OK in this respect but always work on the basis that they chase. They grow very big. I never cease to be amazed when people who have already bought a Wolfhound say they didn’t realise the dog would ….grow this big ….be so boisterous….eat so much…. It really is a case of having to do your research first. However much you want a Wolfhound you must consider the environment you can offer it, they need a well fenced garden area, they need access to ground where they can run, they need not to be left alone all day, they need a home where their size can be accommodated and owners that understand this sensitive giant sighthound.
When their ‘childhood’ is over, they are the most easy going relaxed hounds to have around. Wolfhounds are a long boned breed and as such puppies need very careful rearing to prevent damage while growing.
When owning one of these giant breeds you need to take out insurance against veterinary costs, which can be extremely high, and insurance can cost anything from £35 per month upwards depending on the policy. Look for lifetime cover policies and elect for as high an amount per condition as you can afford on the policy, these can be sourced using comparison websites such as gocompare.com.
At 6 months a Wolfhound puppy will weigh in the region of 100lb, but will still have the playfulness of a puppy like any other breed; imagine having a toddler around you – it’s much the same. They need human companionship. DO NOT buy a wolfhound puppy and then leave it all day while you go out to work, it is nothing short of cruel. If you intend to have a kennel and run in the garden – not our ideal situation, but if you do then never kennel a Wolfhound alone. For a dog this size crating IS NOT AN OPTION – if you need to do this in order to go to work, then don’t get a dog. Because they are big, it doesn’t mean they need to live outside – quite the opposite, they seek the company of people and are best suited to a home environment.