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Heart screening is an initiative, coordinated by the Irish Wolfhound Health Group, that enables all Irish Wolfhound owners to access regular heart examinations at an affordable price, whilst also providing valuable information for ongoing research.


The screening is non-invasive and comprises a stethoscope examination, an ECG, and an ultrasound scan. The wolfhound is not shaved or sedated.


The three-part screening can identify heart disease before symptoms appear and, with early intervention and modern medication, the Wolfhound can live a long, happy, good-quality life.


Society members are strongly recommended that all hounds used for breeding take part annually in a heart testing programme approved by the Irish Wolfhound Society.


You can find details of sessions in your area and book a place by following the link below.

The Irish Wolfhound Society are collecting articles and adverts for our members' annual magazine.

We welcome contributions, articles (long or short), news stories, quizzes or photographs from our members.  It is your magazine, and it is your contributions that keep it interesting and enjoyable.

Adverts are a wonderful way to showcase your achievements, celebrate your wins, or simply show everyone how proud you are of your Irish Wolfhound. 

We can help you put together or design an advert – this is a free service for IWS members.  If you have the idea, we can make your advert!

                   Costs for adverts are:

                   1 page      £40

                   2 pages    £60

                   3 pages    £80

                   4 pages    £100.


The deadline for adverts is the end of October but we are always happy to receive your advert earlier.


Get in touch and we'll see how we can help. For further information email Tina Jones 

The Irish Wolfhound Society, in conjunction with the Irish Wolfhound Club, will be holding a Breed Appreciation Day and Multiple Choice Exam on


Sunday 22nd October 2023.

The aim of the Breed Appreciation Day is to educate and inform individuals interested in the breed, whether they are exhibitors, aspiring judges or breeders.

Further details to follow soon…..

The Royal Kennel Club has decided that dogs which win two Challenge Certificates (CCs) in addition to five Reserve Challenge Certificates (RCCs) will gain the title of Champion/Show Champion, effective from 1 July 2023.


The link below takes you to the Royal Kennel Club Media Centre, where you can find full details.

Click link to download a list of judges who have been appointed to judge Irish Wolfhounds at Championship Shows this year.

Sunday 24th September 2023               Championship Show                      Judge: Rebecca Peek

Sunday 28th January 2024                    Open Show                                    Judge:  Ann Donaldson

Sunday 28th January 2024                    Championship Show                      Judge: Ian Sexton

Sunday 29th September 2024               Championship Show                      Judge: Louise Pinkney


All shows will be held at Sky Sports Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton on Dunsmore,

Coventry, CV8 3FL.

Our Limited Show, judged by Alex Paisey, was held on Sunday 26th March 2023.

Results, photographs and critique are available here.

At the recent Pawscars event we are delighted to say one of our Vice President's Mrs Zena Thorn Andrews was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Although now mainly known for her Drakesleat Dachshunds who have won hundreds of CCs both here and abroad Zena was an extremely successful breeder and exhibitor of Irish Wolfhounds.


Her first Wolfhound Ch Edgecroft Simon was born in 1967 and there followed very many champions bred under her Drakesleat affix. The hound most people including our newer exhibitors know of is Ch Drakesleat Kyak born in 1979, who up to present day is the breed record holder with 41 CCs.

We are sure you will join us in sending our congratulations to Zena on this well deserved recognition of her 55 years involvement in breeding and exhibiting superb pedigree dogs.

The Irish Wolfhound Society AGM will be held on:

Sunday 2nd April 2023

Stoke Goldington Village Hall

Nr. Newport Pagnell, Bucks. MK16 8NR


Refreshments from 10:30 am AGM 11:00 am

The AGM will be followed by a light buffet lunch.

Our Limited Show will be held on Sunday 26th March 2023 at The Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3FL.

The closing date for entries is 13th March 2023.

The judge is Alex Paisey.

Open Show January 2023

Results and critique are available here.

Championship Show September 2022

Results and critique are available here.

Results and critique are available here.

Obituary of Elizabeth C Murphy by Liz Thornton

Results and critique are available here.

Results and critique are available here.

Results and critique are available here.

Results and critique are available here.

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