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Farmers' Bulletin - Issues 1476-1500 - Page 68, (Irish Wolfhound)
By Sanford Reed Speelman and J.O. Williams, May 26 1926 Irish Wolfdog


Centuries ago, in Ireland, there existed a large, rugged hound which was used for hunting elk, wolves, and deer. from such stock it is thought the Irish Wolfhound (fig. 19) has descended. At times there has been considerable controversy regarding the origin and development of this breed; but it is generally believed that the old-type hound of Ireland was rescued from extinction through the efforts of a small number of British sportsmen who crossed the degenerating ancient stock with the blood of Scottish Deerhounds, Great Danes, and Russian Wolfhounds. Such breeding operations gradually restored the breed to a semblance of the ancestral type. Early specimens of the breed are reported as monstrous in size, and although the modern Irish Wolfhounds are decidedly massive and rugged in conformation it is probable that the present day dog is neither so large nor so powerful as its ancestors.

Recognized colors for Irish Wolfhounds are gray, brindle, red, black, fawn, white, or any other color that is common to deerhounds. Height in this breed is a very variable factor, minimums of 31 and 28 inches being placed on dogs and bitches, respectively, by the British standard. Corresponding weight minimums of 120 pounds and 90 pounds are likewise specified for the two sexes. Both the height and weight limitations serve only as approximations, however, since individuals have been known to weigh more than 150 pounds and stand 37 inches or more at the shoulder.

The Irish \Volfhound is an animal of great size and commandig appearance, exceedingly muscular and strongly though symmetrically built. The head is long, with a boxed muzzle; the eyes dark brown; the snout and lips black; the_ear's small and carried in greyhound fashion; the expression terrierlike; the chest very deep and wide; the back fairly short with arched loin; the fore and hind quarters muscular; the tail slender and straight; the bone big, dense, and straight; and the feet moderately large and round, with arched toes. The hair must be rough and hard on the body, legs, and head, and especially wiry and lon over the eyes and under the Jaw, which should have no dewlap.Irish Wolfhounds are bred only in a very limited way, so the distribution of the breed is by no means extensive.

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