Irish Wolfhound Times
(Irish Wolfhound Database and Breed Information Exchange)

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This website is dedicated to researching and documenting Irish Wolfhound origins, history and development of the breed. The primary resarcher and publisher (Steve Tillotson) has spent 30 years researching anddocumenting the Afghan Hound breed history. Steve is a new "Student" of the Irish Wolfhound and Steve hopes he can make a meaningful contribution to the Irish Wolfhound community.

In exploring the Irish Wolfhound breed history The Scottish Deerhound exists as a vital component of the Irish Wolfhound revival program initiated by Capt Graham in the late 1880's. Thus, this site includes photographs and articles on the Scottish Deerhound in order to provide contextual history on the breed.

THE AWI TEAM - Steve Tillotson and Maralee Nelder

Steve Tillotson
Born in London (UK), moved to Northern California in 1999. Afghan Hound owner, breeder, judge, breed archivist, researcher, author, webmaster. Obtained first Afghan Hound 1974, obtained first show Afghan Hound 1984, bred first litter 1989. Articles published in the UK National Canine Press - "Dog World" and "Our Dogs", UK Afghan Hound Year Book, UK Afghan Hound Breed Club magazines, USA breed magazines - "Our Afghans", "Afghan Hound Review", and Australian publication "Afghan Hounds Australasia". Published in USA National canine magazine - "Canine Chronicles"

Undertook Judge's training with the Afghan Hound Club Of Wales (UK). Passed Judges training exam with the Southern Afghan Hound Club (UK). Completed Afghan Hound Club Of America (AHCA) Judges Study Group training. Qualified to Judge at Open Show level (UK), Open/Sweepstakes level (USA). Judged Afghan Hounds in the UK and USA. Also Judged Saluki's in the UK.

Co-Developer of (KCBS), the first desktop pedigree software adopted by a National Kennel Club (UK). Co-Developer of pedigree and registration software for the Malta Kennel Club (MKC)

Colaborated with two leading UK Canine Geneticists (Roy Robinson and Dr Malcolm Willis) in the development, validation and implementation of Sewell Wrights "Coefficient Of Inbreeding" as part of the KCBS project. The first canine desktop pedigree software to offer inbreeding analysis

Collaborated with a leading UK Judge, Breeder, Exhibitor of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers into inbreeding levels and associated health issues. Undertook a study of Irish Setter pedigree history to assist research into health problems and identified a "carrier" having a significant impact within the breed.

Established the first major website (AHDBIE) for the Afghan Hound and assisted/encouraged many other enthusiasts in developing their websites and forums.Web hosted for "Our Dogs" Saluki breed columnist. Web hosted the Saluki and Gazelle Hound UK (UK). Web hosted Saluki International (SI) magazine

Publshed "Afghan Hound Awards" (UK), complete list of Challenge Certificate/Reserve winners 1977 - 1996. Recently published "Afghan Hound BOB Winners 2009-2011"

Maralee Nelder
Life long resident of California. After many years of being a "cat person", I met my first ever canine family member on New Year's Day, 1992. My heart stopped watching my gorgeous Afghan Hound girl with the world's sweetest disposition. I had no idea at the time that she came from a spectacular pedigree, her father having been a major best of breed winner at Westminster and AHCA shows in the day. I didn't want her to be lonely while I worked, so by March 1992, I got her a friend - a lovely boy from Allison Gray in Sacramento.

(Additional notes by Steve) Maralee contributes to the AWI/AHT team with her linguistics skills (Maralee trained in linguistics and speaks 12 languages) and is responsible for document translation, undertakes research, is a great organizer and planner, sanity checks Steves writings (especially re Steve's weird use of the apostrophe), writes excellent show reports. Has learnt the basics of "cricket" including managing the score book (no easy task) and was awarded "spectator of the year" by Davis Cricket Club.

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