The Majestic Irish Wolfhound

 

It is my pleasure in welcoming you to Ballyhara Irish Wolfhounds. My website is a commemoration to one of the world's oldest canine hunters. From the mists of antiquity, this breed evolved as a Sighthound, also known as Gazehounds, and was designed for hunting and dispatching large game. As such, he is truly a unique breed but be forewarned; he is not ideal for every household, although the Irish Wolfhound has enjoyed a rare, very close bond with man.

Please, take your time and review this site thoroughly, as it provides honest, legitimate information about the Irish Wolfhound. Pay particular attention to my Facts & Info page that includes ample amount of breed facts, but also advice and instruction. Most importantly, though, besides the significant and prominent breed requirements of acreage and fencing, take into account the typical and unexpected costs & expenses that come with owning this giant hound breed. Many owners, unfortunately, are unprepared for such financial eventualities. In truth; this is a breed whose size necessitates more exercise, nutrition, fencing, time, worry, patience, and potential medical bills than almost all other large and small breeds.

 

 Ch. Ballyhara Danny

Ch. Ballyhara Danny

 

Ballyhara Kellyanne and Ballyhara Ki yearlings

 Rosslares Jane of Ballyhara

Rosslares Jane of Ballyhara

 Cudama Santa of Ballyhara

Cudama Santa of Ballyhara

More than just a dog, these are magnificent Sighthounds.

 

I had been captivated with Wolfhounds since 1984 when I acquired my first. My relationship with the breed has been my entire adult life, and so we have grown together. My hounds have taught me precious lessons over all these years, including my son who learned to walk while holding onto these noble creatures. These hounds have illustrated grace, patience, and forgiveness along with stoicism, all of which are rare, valuable traits. I have never been without several wolfhounds in my home as they are treasured companions, so much more than just “show” dogs. Our lives and fate are intertwined.



 

Ballyhara Kellyanne yearling with Bobby

 Rosslares Jane of Ballyhara

Rosslares Jane of Ballyhara

Ballyhara Santa with Lisa Dube Forman

The must-know details before you obtain an Irish Wolfhound

 

We welcome and receive a number of inquiries regarding the Irish Wolfhound breed, and I have very simple words of advice. You must find the right breed of dog for your lifestyle as this is paramount both to yours and the dog's well-being. Naturally, many people fall in love at first sight with Irish Wolfhounds and decide, there and then, they must have one! I empathize with these powerful emotions as I too fell in love with the breed, thirty-two years past. Having said this, I have a responsibility, and commitment to impart at every opportunity necessary factors all potential owners must consider before obtaining this breed.



 
 Ballyhara Kate

Ballyhara Kate

 Cudama Santa of Ballyhara

Cudama Santa of Ballyhara

 Ballyhara Cinneide

Ballyhara Cinneide

Ballyhara Irish Wolfhounds-Past & Present

 
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”
Anatole France


 
 Cudama Sandycove of Ballyhara

Cudama Sandycove of Ballyhara

Ballyhara Chevonne & Bobby show ring

Cudama Sandycove of Ballyhara 13 weeks

Bobby & Sandycove

My Published Work

 

As a freelance journalist, I have written for The Canine Chronicle, the industry's largest color, all-breed magazine in the country for more than six years. All articles, except for "Women in Leadership Roles at the AKC", are published in the print version of the Canine Chronicle magazine. Digital versions are also available online at www.caninechronicle.com. Additionally, I have authored a number of short articles created for the Canine Chronicle website on various topics, some educational and some Op Ed. These are also listed for review.

 
 Patronage Cronyism & Selective Hearing, by Lisa Dubé Forman

Patronage Cronyism & Selective Hearing, by Lisa Dubé Forman

C.O.I. by Lisa Dubé Forman

 Women in Leadership Roles at the AKC, By Lisa Dubé Forman

Women in Leadership Roles at the AKC, By Lisa Dubé Forman

These are some of my favorite photos out of the several hundred that I have. Our Irish Wolfhounds are our lifestyle. They are part of our way of living, not just because we are their caretakers, but that they live in the folds of our daily lives and share our experiences. From walks around the Village and Mirror Lake, snowshoeing, swimming or visiting family and friends afar, they accompany us. They are our dear companions. I hope you enjoy these snapshots in time as much as we do.

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Please feel free to contact me...

Email is an excellent media vehicle to contact me. If you are seeking nutritional feeding information, general information regarding the breed and or are considering obtaining a wolfhound and have concerns if this is the right breed for you, please reach out to me. 

I am happy to assist providing experienced guidance, answering questions regarding the structure and stature, health, temperament, personality, nutrition, vaccinations and health emergencies. 

I am also available on my cellular 518-524-8279. My direct email link, along with my LinkedIn icon, appears below on this page.

 

Cudama Santa of Ballyhara