The Irish Wolfhound Club was established in 1885 by Captain George Augustus Graham to encourage the breeding of quality Irish Wolfhounds. It continues in the present day to promote the maintenance of true breed type.
Irish Wolfhound breeders are the custodians of this magnificent breed and it is their responsibility to breed hounds who conform to the Standard of Excellence.
Typical Irish Wolfhounds should still be strong, fit and athletic enough to do the job for which they were originally bred - that of hunting wolves. However, it is equally important that a steady and typical temperament is also maintained.
Wolfhounds should be 'gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked' - 'lions in the chase, lambs at home'.
It is essential that such large, powerful hounds remain sweet-natured and kind as companions. Responsible breeders will always strive to breed from hounds who are sound in both mind and body.
~ Officials 2021 - 2022 ~
(updated July 2021)
Patron: Regimental Lieutenant Colonel of the Irish Guards
President: Mrs Dagmar Kenis Pordham
Vice Presidents: Mr Noel Box, Mrs Kathy Johnson,
Mrs Hilary Jupp, Ms Anne Webb, Mrs Sue Wilkinson
Chairman: Mrs Sue Cole (Breed Education Co-ordinator)
Vice Chairman: Mr Noel Box
Treasurer: Mr John Sharpe
Secretary: Mrs Debbie Treadwell Tel: 07855 663697
~ Committee ~
Mrs Hazel Barnes, Mr Kevin Campbell-Woodford,
Dr Pinak Das Purkayastha (Health & Welfare Officer),
Ms Sonali Das Simpson, Mr Alan Lefley, Mrs Helen Sheppard,
Ms Nicola Keeling.
Show manager: Mr Alan Lefley
Show secretary: Mrs Sue Wilkinson
Chief steward: Mr Alan Lefley
Trophy steward: Mrs Caroline Sheppard
Assistant trophy steward: Mrs Helen Sheppard
Auditor: Mr Steven Ritchie
Archivist: Mrs Anne Vaudin
All Irish Wolfhound enthusiasts are welcome to join the Irish Wolfhound Club.
Due to the increase in numbers of Irish Wolfhounds members are urged to consider very carefully before breeding a litter or allowing their dogs to be used at stud, and to restrict the number of litters produced by their bitches.
Members are also urged to ensure that all Irish Wolfhounds sold, or changing hands solely as companions, have their Kennel Club Registration Certificates endorsed "Progeny not for Registration". It is the duty of every Member and Associate Member to carry out this request.
Since 1975 anyone wishing to join the Club has been admitted as an Associate Member for the first three years. After this period they can then apply to the Committee, under Rule 3, to become a Full Member. People living abroad are able to join as Overseas Members. Associate and Overseas Members have the same rights as Full Members except that they are not eligible to vote, or hold office in the Club.
Each year the Club holds three shows in the Midlands area, easily accessible to all. There is also a rally and fun day arranged as a summer social event with friendly competitions for the hounds and plenty of opportunity to chat to friends old and new.
To try to improve the social side of the Club, local area secretaries have been appointed to eight parts of the country to ensure members are kept informed of local activities that they may wish to take part in or assist in organising.
AREA SOCIAL SECRETARIES
South East: Angela Parsons
Woodcrest, Crossways Park, West Chillington, West Sussex RH20 2QZ
South West: Sheena Evans
16 Hilly Head, Rockwell Green, Wellington, Somerset TA21 9BS
Tel: 07872 900898
North East: Nic Keeling
Longmeadow, Moor Edges Road, Thorne, Doncaster,
Yorkshire DN8 5RY
Tel: 01405 812144
North West: Carol Stirling
35 Cinnamon Avenue, Hindley Green, Wigan, WN2 4RE Tel: 01942 521474
Midlands: Noel Box
28 Blanquettes Avenue, Worcester, WR3 8DA Tel: 01905 457239
East Anglia: Caroline Sheppard
Susted House, Stow Road, Magdalen, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 3BD
Tel: 01553 810995
Wales: Don Reeves
Clustach, Llaneilian, Amlwch,
Anglesey, Wales LL68 9NA Tel: 01407 832357
Scotland: Linda Forret-Close
Tapsalteerie, Moss Cottage, Aberdour Fife KY3 0RX Tel: 01383 860043