Q. Where can I get more information about the Irish Wolfhound? A. A wonderful source of information is the website for the Irish Wolfhound Club of America Find them at www.iwclubofamerica.org It is a comprehensive website full of valuable information. Q. Where can I find a good and responsible breeder of Irish Wolfhounds? A. See our list of breeders for local contacts and see the Irish Wolfhound Club of America for breeder referrals in your area. Good breeders will be happy to refer you to other responsible breeders if they are not planning a litter. BE PREPARED TO WAIT for your puppy. Most responsible breeders will have a waiting list for their puppies and you should be prepared to wait for your new family member to arrive. See our page on how to find a responsible breeder for more information. Q. Do I have to show my Irish Wolfhound to join the IWCPS? A. NO! All who love the wolfhound and have it's best interests at heart are encouraged to join. Q. Can I attend a meeting of the IWCPS even if I am not a member? A. YES. We love to have visitors and welcome you to join us. We have application forms available at our meetings and our show if you would like to join us as members. Q. I see Irish Wolfhound puppies advertised on the internet. Is is a good idea to purchase one of these hounds? A. No. A responsible breeder will NOT advertise puppies on puppy selling websites such as puppyfind or nextdaypets etc. While there is nothing wrong with a web presence, ADVERTISING is a sure sign that all is not right with that breeder and IWCPS discourages anyone from obtaining their hounds in this manner. Q. How long do Irish Wolfhounds live? A. 6-8 years is the typical lifespan. There are hounds that live longer than this and those who live less, but 6-8 years is the average. Q. Do Irish Wolfhounds get along with children and other animals? A, Irish Wolfhounds are wonderful family pets and get on beautifully with children with supervision of course. An IW can easily and not intentionally knock a small child to the floor even though they are generally very careful with children. IW's can be trained and accustomed to living with other types of pets including cats, smaller dogs and livestock but never forget they are a sighthound and as such the instinct to chase and kill things that run is strong. Q. Is an Irish Wolfhound a good guard dog? A. NO. While they may (or may not) bark as someone approaches your home and are certainly an imposing presence, they are not particularly protective in nature and if a guard dog is what you are looking for, this is not the breed you are looking for. .