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EXTRACT (Irish Wolfhounds and Deerhounds)
from Vero Shaw's "The Encyclopedia Of The Kennel 1913
(Late editor of The Stockeeper and Kennel Editor of The Field)

Photo below taken from Vero Shaw's book
Wolfhounds Vero Shaw 1913

Irish Wolf-Hound

Beyond all doubt the genuine Irish wolf-hound is a thing of the past, as the modern dog witch masquerades as such is admittedly a cross between the Scottish deer-hound and German great Dane, and it has been produced within the last thirty years or thereabouts. There can, however, be no doubt that the gigantic proportions and picturesque appearance of these dogs appeal very strongly to many persons, and provided that they do not take too much after their Teutonic progenitors about their heads, as some unfortunately do, they are very handsome dogs; though why they should be called Irish wolf-hounds is not clear, as they certainly are not Irish, having been manufactured in England, nor have they ever been used for hunting wolves.

The head of this dog is long; rather narrow for the size of the breed, slightly prominent at the brows, and tapering towards the nose, the muzzle being long and inclined to be pointed. The eyes are dark hazel in colour; the ears small, and carried with the tips thrown backwards, so as to display the burr; the back strong and arched at the loins, which are muscular, though a little tucked up; the fore-legs being of a good length, quite straight, and very heavy in bone, with moderately large feet, the hind-legs carrying a good deal of muscle on the thighs; the tail being long, rather coarse, and carried in a slight curve. The coat is of a good length and hard, the chief colours being grey, brindle and fawn, though reds, whites and even blacks are to be met with. The minimum weight of a dog should not be less than 120 lbs, and of a bitch 90 lbs whilst the respective heights should be at least 31 and 28 inches.


The origin of the Scottish deerhounds is a question that has involved a good deal of argument, as some persons contend that is a descendant of the Irish wolf-hound, whilst others believe that it is indigenous to Scotland, the balance of authority being rather in favour of the latter theory. The question, however, need not be entered into here, though the regret may be expressed that so picturesque and attractive a variety of dog should not possess more supporters than it does. Still its value as a sporting hound is appreciated as keenly as ever by those who enjoy the excitements of deer-stalking, provided the deerhounds are not of a too large size, as many show specimens undoubtedly are.

The head is rather wide between the ears, gradually tapering towards the muzzle, which ought to be rather pointed. It is long and flat, showing a slight rise over the eyes, and is covered by long silky hair, whilst there is a sort of beard under the muzzle. The eyes, either brown or a dark hazel in colour, are soft in expression; the ears being set on high, and carried with the tips turned backwards, so as to show the insides, and sometimes when the dog is excited they are raised far enough to be semi-erect. The neck is rather long, neatly set on to long, lean, sloping shoulders; the chest is very deep but rather narrow; the body being slightly arched, with not too much roundness at the ribs, but powerful at the loins. Fore-legs long, dead straight, and heavy in bone, with round, compact feet, the knuckles of which are well developed. Hind-legs well bent at the stifles and hocks, with plenty of length from the latter upwards, the stern being scimitar-shaped and carried downwards. The coat is hard and wiry on the neck and back, but softer on the head and belly; the favourite colour being blue-grey, but fawns are not uncommon, and any white markings are faults. Average height about 28 to 30 inches; weight about 90 lbs. The bitches being less in both instances.

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