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Updated: 14/4/2014















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Welcome to the Cornovi Irish Wolfhounds website.

Here you will find information on our hounds past and present, together with advice for anyone thinking of taking on a Wolfhound for the first time, and the responsibility of living with this wonderful breed.

I have owned, bred and shown Irish Wolfhounds for around 30 years and usually have a small number of hounds, no more than 7 or 8 at one time. Visitors can see every area where the dogs are kept, no areas out of bounds, we want people to see all of our hounds living with us sharing our space - and we theirs; they are part of our family and we love the individuality of each hound's personality and character; which makes them such a lovely breed to live with. We are extremely fortunate live in the Worcestershire countryside where the dogs have plenty of space to stretch their legs in our fields and woodland, and we also exercise them in the beautiful Wyre Forest.

I am a Full Member of both the UK Breed Clubs, serve as a representative for the IW Society on the Irish Wolfhound Health Group, and am the Secretary of the Irish Wolfhound Rescue Trust.

Puppies arrive at Cornovi when we want to keep one for ourselves, we don't breed for any other reason. When we do choose to breed a litter - health and temperament are at the top of our list of considerations, we try to work with other breeders who think along the same lines as we do - especially when working towards improving the longevity of our breed. We also hope to produce quality dogs that fit as near as possible the breed standard, so we are also a show kennel, albeit moderately, but it does allow us to keep an eye on how our hounds measure against others in the breed and benefit from the opinions of the judges and our peers. Most importantly we also talk to, and share knowledge with, other breeders which is something particularly important when breeding with health issues in mind, and you get to make some great friends along the way.

Information on the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme

For more information and advice on finding puppies please click the Puppy Search link to the left that will take you to the Irish Wolfhound Puppies website.

A little about the breed.......

Wolfhounds are a wonderful breed, I can't imagine living without them, but they are not a breed for everyone and it is essential that you do your research properly before venturing to buy a Wolfhound.

The' Gentle Giants' adage is largely true and they are wonderful family companions. But at the heart of it they are still the sighthound they were intended to be. So as a first time owner, you need to be aware of the general characteristics.

They may chase anything that runs away from them. They may kill sheep and chickens; odd hounds might be OK in this respect but always work on the basis that they chase. They grow very big. I never cease to be amazed when people who have already bought a Wolfhound say they didn't realise the dog would ....grow this big so so much.... It really is a case of having to do your research first. However much you want a Wolfhound you must consider the environment you can offer it, they need a well fenced garden area, they need access to ground where they can run, they need not to be left alone all day, they need a home where their size can be accommodated and owners that understand this sensitive giant sighthound.

When their 'childhood' is over, they are the most easy going relaxed hounds to have around. Wolfhounds are a long boned breed and as such puppies need very careful rearing to prevent damage while growing.

When owning one of these giant breeds you need to take out insurance against veterinary costs, which can be extremely high, and insurance can cost anything from £30 per month upwards depending on the policy. Look for lifetime cover policies and elect for as high an amount per condition as you can afford on the policy, these can be sourced using comparison websites such as

At 6 months a Wolfhound puppy will weigh in the region of 100lb, but will still have the playfulness of a puppy like any other breed; imagine having a toddler around you - it's much the same. They need human companionship. DO NOT buy a wolfhound puppy and then leave it all day while you go out to work, it is nothing short of cruel. If you intend to have a kennel and run in the garden - not our ideal situation, but if you do then never kennel a Wolfhound alone. For a dog this size crating IS NOT AN OPTION - if you need to do this in order to go to work, then don't get a dog. Because they are big, it doesn't mean they need to live outside - quite the opposite, they seek the company of people and are best suited to a home environment.


Are available very occasionally to carefully vetted homes.

Contact us by EMAIL for details of litters due.

Sometimes we may know of older hounds needing re-homing.


There is an excellent breed rescue which can be contacted here -


Before you think of having a Wolfhound - do your research. The Magnificent Irish Wolfhound, written by Mary McBryde is about the best book you can get on this subject.






Anyone with a Wolfhound can use the Breed Heart Testing Scheme. Check HERE for session dates near you.


Our biggest enemy in any long boned breed is cancer. If we want to improve the longevity of our breed it is important that we contribute to these projects when we can. Information on how you can contribute to any of these projects can be found on the Health Group Website.




There is an ongoing research project into bone cancer in the wolfhound. They need cheek swabs for the project, especially if a hound is over 8 years old.


The IW Health Group is collecting information on the incidence of Livershunt in Wolfhounds here in the UK, therefore are collecting information from clear and affected litters and cheek swabs for DNA research into the cause of the condition.




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Irish Wolfhound Rescue
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