Judges

John Lewington, Greycroft (Australia)

1. How long do you live with wolfhounds? Can you please introduce yourself as a breeder a little bit?

We had our first Irish Wolfhound in 1975,and  Ch Fianna Angus, was our first Champion. We bred a litter under the Greycroft prefix after we had owned Irish Wolfhounds for 10 years. 

Over the years we bred many Champions. A very special event for us was attending the Australia’s Top dog competition, held in Canberra.  Supreme Ch Greycroft In Like Flynn “Errol” who was owned and shown by Kristy Pearcey won Australia’s Top Dog award in 2015, the first and only Irish Wolfhound in history to qualify and then win this event.

The judges were two from America and one from South Africa.  Errol is now 8 years’ old and enjoying retirement.

2. Do you or did you have any wolfhound seniors or veterans who you were showing in senior/veteran age?

Over the years we have had a number that we have shown in veteran including Ch Greycroft Annika (2010 – 2017).  She lived to almost 8 years old and was the dam of Errol plus our own Multi Specialty winner Ch Greycroft Irish Storm who is now 7 years old.

We bred the first South Australian Grand Champion male and he was as well  first dual titled with his Neuter Championship, Grand and Neuter Champion Greycroft Memphis (3 Oct 08 – 30 Sept 16).  

3. Do you have any special „feelings“ about senior and veteran wolfhounds? Do you find them special in any way?

Yes I do, I have a very soft spot for the Veterans. When judging  the New England Irish Wolfhound Specialty in 2012 in Rhode Island U S A, I asked the photographer if he would mind coming and taking a picture of my veteran dogs and bitches as a keepsake for me to take back to Australia. I just love seeing and judging those veterans. 

4. What do you think about the IWDB.org? Do you use it? Do you find the features helpful?

The Database is an incredible tool for looking up pedigrees, doing trial breedings, etc. it has so much information and we very much appreciate all the work that has gone to producing it. 

John's wife Sue Lewington with CH Greycroft Annika

Pam Sumner, Ballyphelan (UK)

How long have you lived with wolfhounds? Can you please introduce yourself as a breeder a little bit?

My husband John and I have owned and loved Wolfhounds for 54 years. We started showing seriously in 1977 and breeding in 1982.
We have have had numerous champions both at home and abroad and hold the British breed record for the most champions born in the same litter. Our latest champion is Ballyphelan Anna Lisa and her brother Amadeus has 1CC up to now. These youngsters are from what will be our last litter as we have made the decision not to breed anymore. We had a pack of 13 at one time but are now down to a pack of 5 which includes 2 seniors. Sophie is almost 8 and Rosy Ryan is 7 1/2.

2. Do you or did you have any wolfhound seniors or veterans who you were showing in senior/veteran age?

Over the years we have shown quite a few veterans with Tarlach, Raven and Damson being the most successful in the ring. Damson was veteran of the year in 2016.

3. Do you have any special "feelings" about senior and veteran wolfhounds? Do you find them special in any way?

Our seniors and veterans are all special as to have them still with us through their twilight years is wonderful.

4. What do you think about the IWDB.org? Do you use it? Do you find the features useful?

The IWDB is amazing and I use it frequently as my memory for facts and pedigrees is not what it used to be. May I thank everyone of you who has given our breed this wonderful gift. Your hard work is much appreciated.

CH Ballyphelan Tarlach Dubh aged 7 and a half. He lived until he was 10 years and three months.

Deborah Sanders, Niobrara (US)

1. How long have you lived with wolfhounds? Can you please introduce yourself as a breeder a little bit?

I fell in love with Irish Wolfhounds as a teenager and purchased my first in 1971. I was fortunate enough to own the first IW dual CH in the US (AKC CH & ASFA FCH), CH Just Plain Joshua Murphy FCH. Over the years I have bred infrequently using the Niobrara prefix and always strive to produce hounds of quality, character, and health. I have enjoyed judging Irish Wolfhound Sweepstakes in the US & Canada.

2. Do you or did you have any wolfhound seniors or veterans who you were showing in senior/veteran age?

I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my life with a number of veterans over the years. Most recently CH MacCaura Chaco at Niobrara, won Veteran Dog at the 2018 IWCA National. The same year his daughter CH Niobrara Maud Gonne won BOS; and the following year she won Veteran Bitch and AOM at the National.

3. Do you have any special "feelings" about senior and veteran wolfhounds? Do you find them special in any way?

I believe that our veterans are the greatest gift a breeder or owner can have. A grand, vital veteran is a breeder’s reward for the hard work to protect and preserve the breed! Our veterans are such a special joy to live with, they know our ways and can often times read our minds. There is nothing that I love more than to see a shapely, well-conditioned veteran moving with power and grace. There is nothing I cringe at more than to see a crippled, out of condition hound being drug around a show ring just to win an oldest hound award! Our veterans deserve more dignity than that.

4. What do you think about the IWDB.org? Do you use it? Do you find the features useful?

My deepest thanks to all involved in creating and maintaining the Irish Wolfhound Data Base. What a gift you have given our breed!!! The old days of overflowing files of handwritten pedigrees are gone, and good riddance!

Deborah Sanders with CH Castlemaine Gideon at Niobrara winning Veteran Dog at 2011 RMIWA Specialty under breeder judge Dot Arn

Velda Clark, Tarlog (Ireland)

1. How long have you lived with wolfhounds? Can you please introduce yourself as a breeder a little bit?

I have been involved with our magnificent breed everyday since 1970, in the days of the big kennels working with the Ballykelly hounds. My first bitch, a gift from Sheelagh Seale was Ballykelly Macushla. I cannot imagine my life without hounds in it.

2. Do you have any special "feelings" about senior and veteran wolfhounds? Do you find them special in any way?

I have been fortunate to have shared my life with many veterans over the years. I adore all my hounds but the veterans are so special. Their character and wisdom just shines through as they grow old gracefully. I find it astonishing that even mad youngsters turn into wise old hounds.

3. What do you think about the IWDB.org? Do you use it? Do you find the features useful?

Thank you to all involved in the Irish Wolfhound Database. I have used it many times spending hours looking at pedigrees.

Tarlog Mollie Mulligan 9 years 7 months

Lloyd Simmons, Lonnkyle (Canada)

1. How long have you lived with wolfhounds? Can you please introduce yourself as a breeder a little bit?

I acquired my first IW while still in University, actually form one of the other panelists Deborah Sanders,in March of 1974. I bred my first liter in 1984 I spent the previous 10 years learning as much as I could form more experienced breeders nd fanciers.

2. Do you or did you have any wolfhound seniors or veterans who you were showing in senior/veteran age?

I don't have any at this time. I have a 7 year old who may be shown next year depending on the length of drive to the speciality I have shown veterans in the past.

3. Do you have any special "feelings" about senior and veteran wolfhounds? Do you find them special in any way?

I always have a special feeling when the veterans go into the ring, a tingle up my spine, very similar to seeing the veterans attending remembrance day ceremonies.

4. What do you think about the IWDB.org? Do you use it? Do you find the features useful?

IWDB has become a very useful tool in reviewing my breeding plans, as well as improving my knowledge of past dogs.