Irish Wolfhound History

The Irish Wolfhound in Books on Dogs, and in Magazines

The books and other publications covered so far are (to see them listed in date order, click here):

The Complete Book of the Dog by Robert Leighton (1922)

Show Dogs: Their Points & Characteristics by Theo Marples (around 1908)

The Dog, Man's Best Friend by Captain A.H. Trapman (1929)

Stonehenge on the Dog by "Stonehenge" (1887)

Dogs and Their Ways by the Rev. Charles Williams (1863)

The New Book of the Dog by Robert Leighton (1907)

Woman's Pets (A Section of Every Woman's Encyclopaedia ) (around 1910)

The Irish Penny Journal - article by H.D. Richardson (1841)

British Dogs by Hugh Dalziel (1887) 1st Edition

British Dogs by Hugh Dalziel (1897?) 2nd Edition

Anecdotes of Dogs by Edward Jesse, Esq. (1880)

The Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1840)

The Hounds of Kidnal House by Cumming Macona, Country Life, Volume X, No. 260 (1901)

The Twentieth Century Dog by Herbert Compton (1904)

The Noblest of the Kind by A. Croxton Smith, Country Life, September 20th, 1919

Best of Dogs An Anthology by Eric Parker (1949)

The Irish Wolfhound The publication of the Irish Wolfhound Association (U.K.), September 1925

The Livestock Journal Letters by Capt. Graham printed in issues in January and February 1881 and a letter by G.W Hickman printed in the issue of March 18th, 1881

Dogs That Come from Erin's Isle by Jacqueline Archer Stewart, printed in the American Kennel Gazette, June 30, 1925

Bally Shannon - Dog of War Country Life, November 1918

The Hounds of Celt and Gael Country Life in America, January 1916

Ireland's Great Hound - The Dog of Romance and Story by L. O. Starbuck, Country Life February 1929

Mrs. Shewell's Irish Wolfhound Kennels at Cotswold Lady's Pictorial, September 3, 1910

Some Early Illustrations of the Old Irish Wolf-dog 1738-1839 by F.H. Purchase, "The Kennel" c. 1911

Kennel Notes by A. Croxton Smith, late 1912

Article from Fredson Bowers on the Irish wolfhound & Scottish deerhound, publication date unknown

A Feud Between Ireland and England Caused a Dog Canard To Be Born, by Fredson Bowers, American Kennel Gazette, May 1st, 1939

Dogs of Great Size by A.C. Smith (A Croxton Smith), name and date of publication unknown but c. mid-1911

The Dog Book by James Watson, 1905, on the Hound Family and on the Irish Wolfhound
The Dog Book Chapter on Deerhounds

The Natural History of Quadrupeds and Glorious Animals, published 1811

The New Dog of the White House, by Arthur Frederick Jones, The American Kennel Gazette January 1, 1929

Dog Breeds of the World, Their Origin, Development, and Uses Throughout the Ages, by Freeman Lloyd, The American Kennel Gazette, August 1, 1931

Erin's Famous Hound Finding Greater Glory at Rathmullan, by Arthur Frederick Jones, the American Kennel Gazette, May 1, 1934

Wolfhound Whines, the breed column in the weekly paper "Our Dogs," which was mainly written by Isaac Everett of the Felixstowe Kennels, covering the period 1911 to 1925, plus one from 1938.

On the Breeds of Dogs Peculiar to Ireland and their Origin, by R.F. Scharff, B.Sc., Ph.d. The Irish Naturalist, August 1924

The Kennel Encyclopædia by Frank Townend Barton, M.R.C.V.S., first published 1903
The Kennel Encyclopædia article on deerhounds

Everybody's Dog Book by Major A.J. Dawson, June, 1922

The Great Hound of Ireland by Walter A. Dyer, Country Life (U.S.A.), February 1920

Here is the Strange Story of the Big Irish Wolfhound by Edward C. Ash, The American Kennel Gazette, October, 1938, Vol. 55, No. 10 

Modern Dogs by Rawdon Briggs Lee,  Published 1893 by Horace Cox, London

The Illustrated Book of the Dog by Vero Shaw (assisted by the leading breeders of the day), 1881

Dogs and All About Them by Robert Leighton, assisted by Eminent Authorities on the Various Breeds, 1910

The Irish Wolfhound by A.J. Dawson (author of Finn The Wolfhound), c. 1909

The Irish Wolfhound by J.E. Harting, Baily's Magazine of Sports and Pastimes,Vol. XXXIV, 1879

Irish Wolfhound from the National Geographic Magazine, 1958

Sporting Irish Wolfhounds by A. Croxton Smith, Country Life, December 27th, 1924

Management of Irish Wolfhounds by A.Croxton Smith, Country Life, May 14th, 1932

The Dogs That Fingal Bred by A. Croxton Smith, Country Life, October 17th, 1914

My Interpretation of Irish Wolfhound Type by John F. Baily, 1927

Dogs With a Personality by A. Croxton Smith, Country Life April 6th, 1929

The Irish Wolfhound by H. Boycott Oddy, Country Life, May 15th, 1909

Cragwood Breeds a Royal Hound by Arthur Frederick Jones, Pure Bred Dogs American Kennel Gazette, April 1963 (originally from the February 1928 issue)

The American Kennel Gazette breed column dating between 1935 and 1967, written by L.O. Starbuck, F.T. Bowers, A.J. Starbuck, Charles D. Burrage, Jnr., & Gordon F. Graham

Dog World (U.S.A.) breed column dating between March, 1966 and June, 1984

Irish Wolfhounds in Tierra del Fuego The Kennel Gazette, March 1916

Irish Wolfhounds, 1934 A Retrospect by I.W. Everett; "Our Dogs" December 14, 1934

Forty-five Years in Irish Wolfhounds by I.W. Everett; "Our Dogs" December 13, 1935

Mr. James Voase Rank Article from Dog World, probably sometime in 1935

Dublin Penny Journal July 7, 1832

Nessa, Wolfhound, Dies of Grief at Death of Duck Pal Article from Oakland Tribune, June 19th, 1928

Do Dogs Talk? Decatur Herald, Decatur, Illinois. Friday, August 3rd, 1928

Articles from various American newspapers from 1926 to 1967

Two articles from the AKC Gazette on the Breed Standard and Wolfhound Type by Fredson Bowers, March 1 & April 1, 1939

Les Races de Chiens by Count Henri Bylandt, first published 1897 (The Irish Wolfhound in French, English, German and Dutch, with pictures)

How Science is the Ruler of Halcyon's Famous Dogs by Arthur Frederick Jones. Article from American Kennel Gazette, 1935

Aids to Breeding Good Irish Wolfhounds by Florence Nagle. Article from The Indian Kennel Gazette, Christmas number, 1960

Ring Manners by Phyllis E.A. Hudson. Article from the IWC Year Book 1929-30-31

The Irish Wolfhound as a Sporting Hound by Phyllis E.A. Hudson. Article from the IWC Year Book 1932-33-34

Each page is given in chronological order as regards previous and next buttons, e.g. the next button on this page will take you to the earliest date of publication, i.e. The Natural History of Quadrupeds and Glorious Animals of 1811.

I have also started a section on fiction including wolfhounds; not books that have been published, but short stories. So far there are only two - The Irish Hero by Lorn M. MacIntyre, published in "Blackwoods Magazine" in 1973, and Murphy by Della Galton, published in Womens' Weekly.


List by Date

1811 The Natural History of Quadrupeds and Glorious Animals
1832  Dublin Penny Journal July 7, 1832
1840 The Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
1841 The Irish Penny Journal - article by H.D. Richardson
1863 Dogs and Their Ways by the Rev. Charles Williams
1879  The Irish Wolfhound by J.E. Harting, Baily's Magazine of Sports and Pastimes,Vol. XXXIV
1880 Anecdotes of Dogs by Edward Jesse, Esq.
1881 The Livestock Journal Letters by Capt. Graham in the issue of January 9th and one in an issue of February,
   and a letter by G.W Hickman printed in the issue of March 18th
  The Illustrated Book of the Dog by Vero Shaw (assisted by the leading breeders of the day)
1887 Stonehenge on the Dog by "Stonehenge"
British Dogs by Hugh Dalziel, 1st Edition
1893  Modern Dogs by Rawdon Briggs Lee 
1897 British Dogs by Hugh Dalziel, 2nd Edition
1901   The Hounds of Kidnal House by Cumming Macona, Country Life Volume X, No. 260
1903  The Kennel Encyclopædia by Frank Townend Barton, M.R.C.V.S.  
1904  The Twentieth Century Dog by Herbert Compton
   Les Races de Chiens by Count Henri Bylandt
1905  The Dog Book by James Watson
1907  The New Book of the Dog by Robert Leighton
1908  Show Dogs: Their Points & Characteristics by Theo Marples
1909   The Irish Wolfhound by A.J. Dawson
   The Irish Wolfhound by H. Boycott Oddy, Country Life, May 15th
1910   Woman's Pets (A Section of Every Woman's Encyclopaedia )
Mrs. Shewell's Irish Wolfhound Kennels at Cotswold Lady's Pictorial, September 3
   Dogs and All About Them by Robert Leighton
1911  Some Early Illustrations of the Old Irish Wolf-dog 1738-1839 by F.H. Purchase, "The Kennel"
Dogs of Great Size by A.C. Smith (A Croxton Smith), name and date of publication unknown
1912  Kennel Notes by A. Croxton Smith
1914   The Dogs That Fingal Bred by A. Croxton Smith, Country Life, October 17th
1916  The Hounds of Celt and Gael Country Life in America, January
   Irish Wolfhounds in Tierra del Fuego The Kennel Gazette, March
1918  Bally Shannon - Dog of War Country Life, November
1919   The Noblest of the Kind by A. Croxton Smith, Country Life, September 20th
1920  The Great Hound of Ireland by Walter A. Dyer, Country Life, February  
1922  The Complete Book of the Dog by Robert Leighton
   Everybody's Dog Book by Major A.J. Dawson
1924   On the Breeds of Dogs Peculiar to Ireland and their Origin, by R.F. Scharff, B.Sc., Ph.d. The Irish Naturalist, August
   Sporting Irish Wolfhounds by A. Croxton Smith, Country Life, December 27th
1925  Dogs That Come from Erin's Isle by Jacqueline Archer Stewart, printed in the American Kennel Gazette, June 30
The Irish Wolfhound The publication of the Irish Wolfhound Association (U.K.), September
Wolfhound Whines The breed column in the weekly paper "Our Dogs" written mainly by Isaac Everett, actually dating between 1911 and 1925, plus one from 1938
1926   Articles from various American newspapers from 1926 to 1967
1927   My Interpretation of Irish Wolfhound Type by John F. Baily
1928  Cragwood Breeds a Royal Hound by Arthur Frederick Jones American Kennel Gazette February
   Nessa, Wolfhound, Dies of Grief at Death of Duck Pal Article from Oakland Tribune, June 19th
   Do Dogs Talk? Decatur Herald, August 3rd
1929  Ireland's Great Hound - The Dog of Romance and Story by L. O. Starbuck, Country Life February
   Dogs With a Personality by A. Croxton Smith, Country Life April 6th
The Dog, Man's Best Friend by Captain A.H. Trapman
The New Dog of the White House, by Arthur Frederick Jones, The American Kennel Gazette January 1
1931  Dog Breeds of the World, Their Origin, Development, and Uses Throughout the Ages, by Freeman Lloyd, The American Kennel Gazette, August 1
1932   Management of Irish Wolfhounds by A.Croxton Smith, Country Life, May 14th
   Ring Manners by Phyllis E.A. Hudson, IWC Year Book 1929-30-31
1933  The Irish Wolfhound as a Sporting Hound by Phyllis E.A. Hudson, IWC Year Book 1932-33-34
1934   Erin's Famous Hound Finding Greater Glory at Rathmullan, by Arthur Frederick Jones, the American Kennel Gazette, May 1
   Irish Wolfhounds, 1934 A Retrospect by I.W. Everett; "Our Dogs" December 14, 1934
1935  Mr. James Voase Rank Article from Dog World, probably sometime in 1935
   How Science is the Ruler of Halcyon's Famous Dogs by Arthur Frederick Jones. Article from American Kennel Gazette, December 1, 1935
 Forty-five Years in Irish Wolfhounds by I.W. Everett; "Our Dogs" December 13, 1935
1938  Here is the Strange Story of the Big Irish Wolfhound by Edward C. Ash, The American Kennel Gazette, October, Vol. 55, No. 10 
1939  Article from Fredson Bowers on the Irish wolfhound & Scottish deerhound, publication date unknown
   Two articles from the AKC Gazette on the Breed Standard and Wolfhound Type by Fredson Bowers
A Feud Between Ireland and England Caused a Dog Canard To Be Born, by Fredson Bowers, American Kennel Gazette, May 1st
1949  Best of Dogs An Anthology by Eric Parker
1958   Irish Wolfhound from the National Geographic Magazine
   The American Kennel Gazette breed column dating between 1935 and 1967, written by L.O. Starbuck, F.T. Bowers, A.J. Starbuck, Charles D. Burrage, Jnr., & Gordon F. Graham
 1960  Aids to Breeding Good Irish Wolfhounds by Florence Nagle. Indian Kennel Gazette, Christmas 1960
1966   Dog World (U.S.A.) breed column dating between March, 1966 and June, 1984
1973   The Irish Hero by Lorn M. MacIntyre
 Murphy by Della Galton

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