Photo courtesy of G. Bruce Ingram
From pre-Christian time a large, rough-coated dog of the greyhound type called the cu has been know in Ireland, The word cu denotes outstanding qualities and it is certain this canine giant was held in high esteem. Irish legends abound with stories of the great dogs prowess as a hunter of Irish elk, wild boar and the wolf. As ferocious in battle he is as equally gentle and trustworthy as guardian of heath and home. By law, ownership of the cu was restricted to kings, noblemen and poets. In writings from the earliest times the descriptions are identical to what they are today.
The minimum height and weight, over 18 months of age, of dogs should be 32 inches (81 cm) and 120 lbs (54 kg): of bitches 30 inches (76 cm) and 105 lbs (48 kg). It is desired to firmly establish a race that shall average 32 - 34 inches (81 - 86 cm) showing the requisite power, activity, courage and symmetry.
Further information on the Irish Wolfhound is available from the Canadian Kennel Club or the American Kennel Club.
Last Updated: June 24, 2014