Are you looking for an Irish Wolfhound Puppy?
First, Find a Responsible Breeder!
What The Prospective Owner Should Know:
The majority of responsible breeders have waiting lists. The responsible breeder does not breed to supply a market, and does not hand over a puppy simply in exchange for the asking price. Most will have a contract to be signed by the puppy buyer.
You should expect many questions from the breeder about your accommodations, lifestyle, expectations, etc. The responsible breeder will want to make sure that this breed is a good choice for you and your family.
It takes more time and effort to obtain a puppy from a responsible breeder, and it is well worth it! There are unscrupulous breeders only too happy to take your money in exchange for poorly-bred dogs, no questions asked - and once the check clears, you're on your own.
Irish Wolfhounds are expensive to purchase and to maintain. They require a goodly amount of exercise and CANNOT be allowed to roam at large. You should be informed of breed-related problems such as bone cancer, heart disease, bloat, anesthesia risk, Von Willebrands Disease.
You should visit the breeder. Look for a clean, safe environment. The puppies and adults should be healthy and happy and well-cared-for. You should be able to see and spend time with the puppies' mother. You should be suspicious of her absence and excuses as to why she is not there or why you are not allowed to see her. Likewise, ask to see the sire. He may not be owned by the breeder - in that case, you should expect the breeder to have pictures, pedigree, and health and testing information on him. Ask about the background of the litter, including temperament and health concerns. Ask to see results of genetic health testing (such as OFA, CERF, cardiac testing, etc.) done on the sire and dam before breeding.
Responsible breeders do not place IW puppies earlier than 10 weeks of age.
For more information, see "Buying An IW Puppy".
The Responsible Breeder:
Will ask a prospective IW buyer a LOT of questions!
Will gladly answer your questions, and will have health records and results of genetic tests done on sire and dam.
Will have all records in order, and will provide health information with each puppy - dates of vaccinations, names of the vaccines used, worming regimen, dates for the next veterinary visit, and so on.
Will provide a signed AKC registration slip (or a signed letter stating that such a slip is forthcoming) and pedigree.
Will provide the buyer with feeding and care instructions, and will always be a support system for you and welcome your questions at any time.
Does not sell puppies with "puppy-back" requirements or other arrangements that require you to breed the dog.
Will take back or help place any IW he or she sells, anytime in its lifetime, no excuses.
The Irish Wolfhound Association of New England subscribes to the purpose and intent of the Irish Wolfhound Club of America’s Standard for Ethical Conduct.