Irish Wolfhound Times
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C.S.R. Blue book of dogdom - Volumes 1-2 - 1909
Irish Wolfhound and Scottish Deerhound
THE IRISH WOLFHOUND, CH. COTSWOLD DERBIOT, A.K.O.S B. 125,083
OWNED BY W. H. BROWNING, 16 COOPER SQUARE NEW YORK CITY
The Wolfhound was used in the olden times in Ireland for the chase of the wolf, and not deer and the stag, as is sometimes stated, as the wolf oftentimes put in his appearance about human dwellings more often than was safe. The Irish Wolfhound is without question the oldest breed known to the British Isles, and while he is but little known on this side those who have owned the dogs realize their sterling merit. Before wolves became extinct in Ireland the dogs were very large and the breed very useful. In general appearance the Irish Wolfhound should not be as heavy as a Great Dane, but more so than the Scottish Deerhound, which in general type it resembles. He should be of great size and commanding appearance, very muscular and strongly, though gracefully, built, head and neck carried high, the tall carried with an upward sweep with a slight curve toward the extremity. The average height should be about twentyeight inches for bitches and thirty for dogs, and ninety pounds and 120 pounds, respectively, for their weight. The head should be long, with the frontal bones of the forehead slightly raised, and very little indentation between the eyes. The skull not too broad, muzzle long and moderately pointed; ears small. The neck rather long, very strong and muscular, well arched without dewlap or loose skin about the throat, with the chest very deep and the breast wide. The back long with the loins arched. The tail long and slightly curved, of moderate thickness and well covered with hair. The belly well drawn up and the shoulders muscular, giving breadth of chest, set sloping. Elbdws well under, turned neither inwards nor outwards. The forelegs must be strong and straight. The feet moderately large and round. Toes well arched and closed; nails very strong and curved. The hair must be rough and hard on body, legs and head especially long and wiry over eyes and underJaw. The recognized colors are gray, red, brindle, black, pure white, fawn or any Deerhound color. The general faults are too light or too heavy a head, too highly arched a frontal bone, twisted feet, spreading toes and too curly a tall. In selecting a puppy take the one with a long, level head, great strength of muzzle, big nostrils, enormous bone, big body, deep chest, big hindquarters, moderately short body.
THE SCOTTISH DEERHOUND, CH. MINISTER TO MIDLOTHIAN A. K. O. S. B. 113,690. FEE $50.00.
OWNED BY MR. E. L. MACKENZIE, NETHERWOOD, N. J.
The exact origin has never been ascertained, but it is conceded that he Is an offshoot of the Greyhound, by which name he is now known in aome sections of Scotland, although others allege that he is a direct descendant of the Irish Wolfhound, whose antiquity Is beyond dispute. The Deerhound should not be confounded with the Staghound, which still survives in England. The Deerhound Is a faithful dog and a trusty guard; he Is not over-demonstrative in his affections, but he will love you well. He will not Drovoke a fight, as he Is too noble to be fond of squabbling, but should the occasion demand it he can take his own part and that of his master.s also, and woe be to the dog who falls under him. In general appearance he is much like the Greyhound, though much larger and more powerful, and with an entirely different kind of coat. The best dogs range from 28 to 32 inches high at the shoulder. The head long, with powerful Jaws, strong fangs, and level incisors; the skull wide between the ears, which should be small; nose black, and there should be a good mustache of rather silky hair and a fair beard. The neck long and strong, and the shoulders placed obliquely, and should be broad and deep. The chest of moderate width, good depth with plenty of breathing room, and the loins strong and as hard as pig iron. The back also very strong, and the muscles. in order to give abundant running power, should be massed upon the hips and thighs. The hocks well let down, and the legs as straight as a dart, with the feet well knuckled up. The tail should be long, reaching nearly to the ground. A prominent feature of the Scottish Deerhound is the coat, which should be harsh and wiry, between three and four inches long on the body, neck and quarters. The hair about the mouth forms a kind of a mustache, and there should be a hairy fringe on the inside of the fore and hind legs. The hair on the breast, head and belly is much softer than on the body. A woolly coat la bad. Color grizzly Iron-grey the best, although it is a matter of taste, many preferring a light or reddish fawn. A dog should weigh from 96 to 105, and the bitch 65 to 80 pounds. In selecting a puppy take the ones with a long, level head, dark eye, long neck, well-placed shoulders and great bone, deep chest, well-sprung ribs, big hindquarters, short body.
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