This site is dedicated to the Irish Wolfhound,
the world's tallest breed of dog


Site Guide

About me

About the Breed

Breed Standard

History of the Breed

Kennels of the past

General Care

Getting an Irish wolfhound

Keeping an Irish wolfhound

Losing an Irish wolfhound

Diet and Nutrition


Nutritional Therapy

Alternative Therapies:

Flower Essences
Energy Therapies
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT™)

Natural Flea Treatment


The Irish wolfhound in Pictures

The Irish wolfhound in films

The Irish wolfhound pictured in Books and Cards

The Irish wolfhound in advertisements

The Irish wolfhound described in Books & publications of the 19th & early 20th centuries

Some of our
rescue hounds

Links to Other Wolfhound & Sighthound Sites



The Band of the Irish Guards

Irish Guards Band 
marching through Windsor in 1909 with mascot Brian Boru


 From April 6th 2016 all dogs must be microchipped, according to U.K. Law. For full details on this procedure and information on why it is considered necessary, see this vetsure.com article - http://www.vetsure.com/pet-information/latest-pet-news/new-dog-microchipping-laws-need-know/
Watch Out
For any signs in your dog that may indicate Alabama Rot (otherwise known as CRGV or Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy). The initial symptoms are skin lesions on the feet, legs, chest and abdomen (and sometimes on the muzzle), which appear as a distinct swelling, a patch of red skin, or open and ulcer-like. This can rapidly lead to kidney failure. When it first occurred in Alabama it was in Greyhounds but it now seems that breed, age, size, etc. do not count, as it can occur in any dog, and many dogs have died from it. Quite a number of cases have now occurred in the U.K.
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Xylitol is being used as a sweetener in so many products nowadays and it has been found to have lots of health benefits for humans. However, it is extremely dangerous for dogs, so do make sure that your dog/s cannot get hold of [and are never given] any product containing Xylitol. Even just a tiny amount of something like chewing gum containing it can cause problems. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, collapse, and seizures. Larger amounts can lead to liver failure and failure of other organs, and death.
I am in the process of making this site as comprehensive as possible; covering the attributes and characteristics of the Irish wolfhound; its care, including nutrition, exercise, and training; its health and the major disorders to be found in the breed, and how best to deal with them particularly with regard to alternative therapies, which are my special interest.

If you want to search the site for something specific, this can be done through Google. Go to www.google.com and click on Advanced Search, then enter your search criteria in the relevant boxes and put irishwolfhounds.org in the Domain box, then click Google Search.

The most recent additon to the site is on the Sanctuary Kennels of Margaret Harrison and May Atfield, with a somewhat earlier one on the Ballykelly Kennels of Sheelagh Seale, and a page on Early Registrations made with the English Kennel Club from 1880 to 1900, and one on the Coolafin kennels plus an article by Phyllis Gardner entitled The True Successor. An earlier update was made to the page on the London Irish Rifles, plus a page on the Coval Kennels of the Strohmenger family.

At present I am working on the history of the breed in as much detail as possible, covering the legends and myths of the far distant past but paying much more attention to the more recent past, from the time of Captain Graham and the resuscitation of the breed to the late 1970s, and including some details of the care, kennelling, and feeding of those early hounds, and how the Irish wolfhound was described in early publications, including books and periodicals from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. There is a long list of publications included in this section, beginning with one from 1811, and some of which are extremely rare.

There is a detailed index of what is available in this area on the history page, and also on the Site Guide, both of which can be located from the column to the left.

For quite a few years we had rescue hounds, but at present I do not have an Irish wolfhound. My companion now is a rescued German Shepherd, Sheba.

There are links to many sites of interest given on each page and, in some cases, under each subject. There is also a page of links to other Irish wolfhound and Sighthound sites.
 A full list of the subjects contained on this site can be found on the Site Guide.
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