• Dec 24, 2019
the Description of the Irish wolfhound is reflected by

in the official standard of breed.

Description and FCI standard of breed Irish wolfhound 160 (17.06.1998)






Group 10. Borzois. Section 2. Wire-haired borzois.


Without working tests.

 Irish wolfhound of a photo On a photo: Irish wolfhound. Photo: zoobusiness.kiev.ua
We know that Celts, settled on the continent, held a fleet dog probably of the ancestor for the first time of the borzoi represented on wall Egyptian painting. As well as continental tribes of the people Celts in Ireland were interested in cultivation of large borzois, but, obviously, their dogs were even more the contemporaries of older versions on the continent. These big Irish borzois could be smooth - or wire-haired, but over time wire-haired began to prevail probably because of climatic conditions of Ireland. The first written certificate on these dogs meets at the Roman consul in 391 g of our era, however these borzois were in Ireland in the first century of our era then of Setant changed the name of breed on ku-chulayn (кулан¬хунд) to cu-chulain. It is necessary to mention that in the 1st century of our era Uiseneach at the escape to Scotland took with himself 150 such dogs. Undoubtedly, the Irish borzois took part in origin Scottish Dirkhaundov. Couple of Irish borzois represented in the Middle Ages up to 17 century a high-valuable present of the Royal Courts of Europe, Scandinavia and others. Thus these dogs got to England, Spain, France, Sweden, Denmark, Persia, India and Poland. Change of the name of a dog on a wolfhound happened, obviously, in 15 century, at this time each county was obliged to hold 24 wolfhounds to protect farmer herds from attacks of wolves. When at Cromwell (1652) evacuation of wolfhounds was forbidden, this measure for a long time allowed to keep their number, but the progressing disappearance of wolves and stable demand abroad reduced their number almost before extinction of breed at the end of the 17th century.
Is probable, the Romanticism with its new national thinking partially awakened again interest in this breed. Only thanks to rather frequent inbreeding it was succeeded to make of the Irish wolfhound steady breed again at the end the opinion is admissible that successful results of cultivation represent lawful revival of breed. The club of the Irish wolfhounds was founded in 1885, and the Irish Kennel-club organized at the exhibition in 1879 a special class for this breed. Today the Irish wolfhound found again that reputation which he had in the Middle Ages, and attracts very great interest as the live evidence of the Irish culture and as inheritance of the Celtic past. The Irish wolfhound — at home a lamb, a lion on hunting — gets divorced today in many countries outside Ireland.
GENERAL IMPRESSION : The Irish wolfhound should not be just the same heavy or massive as the German mastiff, it is more similar on the general type to Dirkhaund. It possesses great growth and the imposing appearance, very brawny, strong, but elegant addition, with easy and rapid movements the head and a neck rush highly the tail is slightly bent on the end.
HEAD : Long and equal, highly frontal bone slightly rushes rises with very small deepening between eyes.
Skull: Not too wide.

On a photo: Irish wolfhound. Photo:
Muzzle: Long and moderately narrowed.
Jaws / Teeth: Ideally scissors, a direct bite it is allowed.
of an Eye: Dark
Ears: Small also rush as at a greykhaund.
NECK: Rather long, very strong and brawny, it is well bent, without suspension or a free skin on a throat.
CASE : Long, with well curved edges.
Back: Rather long, than short.
Waist: Convex.
of Grain: Long distance between jobbers.
Breast: Very deep, moderately wide wide thorax.
of the Edge: Elastic.
Stomach: It is well tightened.
TAIL: Long and slightly curved, moderately thick it is also well covered with wool.
FRONT EXTREMITIES: Front extremities with strong frame and quite direct.
Shoulders: With good muscles which give to a thorax width, obliquely located.
Elbows: Are well substituted, are not turned out neither inside, nor outside.
of the Forearm: With good muscles.
of the Hip: Long and brawny.
Knee joints: well inclined.
of the Shin: Brawny, long and strong, as at a greykhaund.
Skakatelny joints: Low located are also not turned out neither inside, nor outside.
of the PAW: Moderately big and round, not turned out neither inside, nor outside. Fingers with good frame, densely adjoin to each other. Claws very strong and curved.
QUALITY of WOOL: Rough and rigid on the case, extremities and the head especially rigid and long over eyes and on the lower jaw.
COLOUR: Recognized colors are: gray, tiger, red, black, purely white, a deer - the brown or found at a dirkhaund any color.

Sizes of the Irish wolfhound

* Minimum growth of the Irish wolfhound: 79 cm in withers at dogs, 71 cm in withers at a bough.
* Minimum weight of the Irish wolfhound: 54.5 kg at dogs, 40.5 kg at a bough.
All animals below these sizes are excluded by
from a competition.
the Considerable size of the Irish wolfhound including big height in shoulders and proportional length of the case is the purpose to which it is necessary to aspire, and it is desirable to set reliably breed at which dogs reach on average 81 – 86 cm and show the necessary force, activity, courage and steadiness.

SHORTCOMINGS : Any deviation from the above-named points has to be considered as a shortcoming which assessment has to be in an exact ratio with degree of this deviation.
Too easy or too heavy head too highly svodisty frontal bone big and plainly the ears which are hanging down to the head a short neck a big suspension too narrow or too wide thorax the bent or soft or absolutely direct back curved front extremities the straightened corners of joints of joints of konechknost the weak back extremities and in general a lack of muscles twisted in or outside of a paw wide posts of extremities excessively twirled tail too short case pink or hepatic eyelids of a lip and a lobe of a nose of any other color except black very light eyes.
NOTE : At dogs have to be two full, normally developed a testicle, completely lowered in a scrotum.

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