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For longer than I can remember, I have had a love affair with the Irish Wolfhound.  I don't even think I met one until I was around 12 years of age, but long before then, I knew what lay in my future.  We got our first hound in February, 2002 - Karontara Boba Fett.  She was the beginning of my dream come to life.  Over the years, we have worked our way up to as many as eight hounds in the house.  We currently share our lives with Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, Khufu, Lausanne, Salzbug and our cat, Pippin.  Our hounds are our cherished companions, first and foremost.  I show them at IW Specialty Shows in Canada and the US, as well as attending the occasional Hound Group specialty.  We have been active with the hounds in lure coursing (when we have had a hound who will course), both with the CSFA and ASFA.  Along with a love for these beautiful hounds, Kevin found a love of photography.  His passion and talent are apparent in his photos (as you can see throughout our site).

It is our aim to breed sound hounds, both in form and function, on a small scale. We strive for type, vigor and athleticism, and much of our focus is on breeding a typical hound that could indeed course and take down a wolf. We also aim to breed hounds that will outlive the "average age of 7 years", and remain vital and strong well into their veteran years.  Our hounds live outside in the yard, and in the house with us.  We believe strongly in natural rearing and feed all of our animals a species appropriate raw food diet.  We also choose alternative/supportive therapies where at all possible.     

 

Bright Blessings,
Sid & Kevin Wood                                               

                                                

 

 

 

Breeding Practices  Arahu Irish Wolfhound with litter of puppies.

We are in no rush to breed our girls as we breed for ourselves, and we can only care for so many hounds at one time. We like to wait until our btiches are around 4 years of age to breed them, to rule out early onset heart disease.  We test our brood bitches' hearts prior to breeding them, and then annually for the rest of their lives.

 

Puppies are whelped in the privacy of our guest room, so that the dam is not overly stressed with the other hounds wanting to know what is going on. Once the puppies are around 3-4 weeks, they are moved into the central family room/kitchen area of our house. There they are exposed to all of our hounds, and the sights, smells, and sounds of life. At around 6-7 weeks of age, the puppies are moved to the upstairs kennel, to help them get a start on house training.  Our puppies all get loads of one on one time with us, and  we work at handling them so that they will be better prepared for things like veterinary exams. All of our puppies are livershunt tested at 9 weeks of age and we let them go to their new homes around the age of 11-12 weeks.

We do not have any litters planned at this time, but are always happy to help people find reputable breeders with litters on the ground or on the way.