Up to the end of the17th century, Irish Wolfhounds were used for hunting wolves and deer in Ireland. They were also used for hunting the wolves that infested large areas of Europe before the forests were cleared.
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
This site is made with the express intent of being a valuable source for the Irish wolfhound community. It is made by breed enthusiasts - for breed enthusiasts. IWDB is a free and open database.
As of 6-4-2016 the database contains records on 133,856 irish wolfhounds. There are 9,523 sires and 17,747 dams in the database.
Contact IWDB through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Irish Wolfhound Health Group (IWHG) have released their first newsletter of 2017; there is a great article on using the IW Database!!!
- you can find it here
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
Irish Wolfhound: Respiratory concerns: Pneumonia
This article contains a video and other information pertaining to Pneumonia and respiratory conditions in the Irish Wolfhound.
OWNERS: If you are new to keeping IWs, please see this article - it could help you and your veterinarian to save your dog's life.