Desirable Characteristics of the IW


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Desirable Characteristics of the Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound


Great size, commanding appearance. A hunter of athletic build in good muscular condition.


Desirable Characteristics of the Irish Wolfhound

• Strong greyhound-like head, proudly carried. Scissors bite ideal. Level acceptable.
• Dark eyes, soft gentle ‘Irish’ expression. Small rose ears set on high.
• Body long, loins slightly arched. Belly well drawn up.
• Topline nice - set of gentle curves from the crest of the neck to the bend of the tail.
• Sufficient length of legs as required in a sighthound.
• Front & rear balanced. Strong rear, broad and muscular thighs, stifles nicely bent.
• Rough, harsh coat.
• Movement easy and active with long stride.
• Avoid:
     - Lightly built hound;
     - Low on legs - too much length of loin;
     - Atypical movement.



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