Ginara Irish Wolfhounds

Irish Wolfhound Standard


A breed standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament, and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function with soundness essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be mindful of features which could be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed.

Last Updated: 02 Jul 2009

General Appearance:

The Irish Wolfhound should not be quite so heavy or massive as the Great Dane, but more so than the Deerhound, which in general type he should otherwise resemble. Of great size and commanding appearance, very muscular, strongly though gracefully built, movements easy and active; head and neck carried high; the tail carried with an upward sweep with a slight curve towards the extremity.
Great size, including height at shoulder and proportionate
length of body, is the desideratum to be aimed at, and it is desired to firmly establish a race that shall average 32 inches (81cm) to 34 inches (86cm) in dogs, showing requisite power, activity, courage and symmetry.



Not Specified.



"Lambs at home, lions on the chase".


Head And Skull:

Long and level, carried high; the frontal bones of the forehead very slightly raised and very little indentation between the eyes. Skull not too broad. Muzzle long and moderately pointed.






Small, rose ears (Greyhound like in carriage)



Scissor bite ideal, level acceptable.



Rather long, very strong and muscular, well arched, without dewlap or loose skin about the throat.



Shoulders: Muscular, giving breadth of chest, set sloping.
Elbows: Well under, neither turned inwards nor outwards.
Forearm: Muscular, heavily boned, quite straight.



Long, well ribbed up.
Back: Rather long than short.
Loins: Slightly arched.
Croup: Great breadth across hips.
Chest: Very deep, moderately broad, breast wide.
Ribs: Well sprung.
Belly: Well drawn up.



Thighs: Long and muscular.
Stifle: Nicely bent
Second thigh: Well muscled, long and strong.
Hocks: Well let down and turning neither in nor out.



Moderately large and round, neither turned inward nor outward. Toes, well arched and closed. Nails, very strong and curved.



Long and slightly curved, of moderate thickness, and well covered with hair.



Movement easy and active.



Hair: Rough and hard on the body, legs and head; especially wiry. Hair over eyes and beard especially wiry.



The recognised colours are grey, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn or any colour that appears in the Deerhound.



Desired height: Averaging 81 cms (32 ins) to 86 cms (34 ins) in dogs.
Minimum height: Dogs 79 cms (31 ins)
Bitches 71 cms (28 ins) 
Minimum weight: Dogs 54.5 kgs (120 lbs)
Bitches 40.5 kgs (90 lbs)



Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Too light or too heavy in head.
Too highly arched frontal bone.
Crooked forelegs; weak pasterns.
Weak hindquarters and a general want of muscle.
Too short in body.
Back sunken or hollow or quite straight.
Large ears and hanging flat to the face.
Twisted feet.
Spreading toes.
Short neck; full dewlap.
Chest too narrow or too broad.
Tail excessively curled.
Nose of any colour other than black.
Lips of any colour other than black.
Very light eyes. Pink or liver coloured eyelids.



Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


Contact Details

Judy Cockram
Central Coast, WA, Australia
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