It’s about time for an update about my plans. When I embarked on the adventure I called outcross for the Irish Wolfhound about 2,5 years ago I was full of good intentions and hope. I couldn’t imagine people wanting to wait until five minutes to twelve when they could do something to improve health through increased diversity at quarter to. How I was mistaken. As long as ‘lovers’ of the breed are willing to accept an average lifespan of 6-7 years old and all the health problems, and keep buying the purebred puppies with none to hardly any questions asked, there is no need for breeders and breeding clubs to consider an outrageous breeding tool like outcross. Combined with the fact that I love dogs, almost all dogs, and don’t care much what they look like as long as they are happy and healthy, I have decided that as a breeder, my goal will no longer be an Irish Wolfhound look-a-like. My IWH girls are retired and Amber will probably remain a most beloved pet. Ginny (Irish Wolfhound * Tamaskan, see pics) might be available as a foundation dog for wolfdog breeds if they are interested. Provided her health and temperament tests are good, of course. My only goal has always been to improve a breed, so if there is no chance of that happening I don’t see the point of breeding anymore, since we have plenty of housedogs already to last us a long time (God willing).
I still wholeheartedly support ethical breeding and the thought of outcross as a necessary breeding tool for a lot of breeds, so through our foundation Sound Sighthounds & Lurchers I will keep supporting breeders willing to do so. There are some litters planned for 2021 so if you are interested, keep following this page (I will share posts) or the foundation page itself.
Stay safe and healthy!