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STANDART OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE IRISH WOLFHOUND

1. GENERAL APPEARANCE

Of great size and commanding appearance, the Irish Wolfhound is remarkable in
combining power and swiftness with keen eyesight.

I. The largest and tallest of the galloping hounds, in general type it is a
rough-coated, Greyhound-like breed; very muscular, strong 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.

II. The minimum height and weight of dogs should be 32 inches and 120 pounds; of
bitches, 30 inches and 105 pounds; these to apply only to hounds over 18 months of
age. Anything below this should be debarred from competition. 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 from 32 to 34 inches in dogs, showing the requisite power,
activity, courage and symmetry.

2. HEAD
Long, the frontal bones on the forehead very slightly raised and very little
indentation between the eyes. Skull, not too broad. Muzzle, long and moderately
pointed. Ears, small and Greyhound-like in carriage.

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

4. CHEST
Very deep. Breast wide.

5. BACK
Rather long than short. Loins arched.

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

7. BELLY
Well drawn up.

8. FORE-QUARTERS
Shoulders, muscular, giving breadth of chest, set sloping. Elbows well under,
neither turned inwards nor outwards. LEG - Forearm muscular, and the whole leg
strong and quite straight.

9. HIND-QUARTERS
Muscular thighs and second thigh long and strong as in the Greyhound, and hocks
well let down and turning neither in nor out.

10. FEET
Moderately large and round neither turned inwards nor outwards. Toes, well
arched and closed. Nails, very strong and curved.

11. HAIR
Rough and hard on body, legs and head; especially wiry and long over eyes and
under jaw.

12. COLOR AND MARKINGS
The recognized colors are grey, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn, or any
color that appears in the Deerhound.

13. FAULTS
Too light or heavy head, too highly arched frontal bone; large ears and hanging
flat to the face; short neck; full dewlap; too narrow or too broad a chest; sunken or
hollow or quite straight back; bent forelegs; overbent fetlocks; twisted feet;
spreading toes; too curly a tail; weak hindquarters and a general want of muscle;
too short in body; lips or nose liver-colored or lacking pigmentation.

List of Points In Order of Merit

1.TYPICAL - The Irish Wolfhound is a rough coated Greyhound-like breed, the tallest of the
coursing hounds and remarkable in combining power and swiftness.
2.Great size and commanding appearance.
3.Movements easy and active.
4.Head, long and level, carried high.
5.Forelegs, heavily boned, quite straight; elbows well set under.
6.Thighs long and muscular; second thighs, well muscled, stifles nicely bent.
7.Coat, rough and hard, specially wiry and long over eyes and under jaw.
8.Body, long, well-ribbed up, with ribs well sprung, and great breadth across hips.
9.Loins arched, belly well drawn up.
10.Ears, small, with Greyhound-like carriage.
11.Feet, moderately large and round; toes, close, well arched.
12.Neck, long, well arched and very strong.
13.Chest, very deep, moderately broad.
14.Shoulders, muscular, set sloping.
15.Tail, long and slightly curved.
16.Eyes, dark.

NOTE - The above in no way alters the "Standard of Excellence", which must in all cases be
rigidly adhered to; they simply give the various points in order of merit. If in any case they
appear at variance with Standard of Excellence, it is the latter which is correct.