|About Mt Carmel Irish
BEFORE MT CARMEL
|Our love for wolfhounds started with Koa and grew with our second wolfhound Katie. Life with our
wolfhounds was as perfect as they were. Koa and Katie went with us everywhere including our last tour
to Germany in 1992. There we discovered the dog shows and met wolfhound breeders. We were very
excited to see other wolfhounds and how different and yet alike they were to our Katie and Koa. When we
returned to our home in Arkansas(1995) we contacted a breeder that lived in AR, in hopes of getting
another puppy before our Koa (now almost 8 years in age) was gone. In April of 1996 we were again
celebrating life with a new puppy named Clancy. As it turns out Clancy was the start of changes to our
lives with wolfhounds. With the passing of Katie in 2000 we went back to Clancy's breeder in hopes of
getting a little girl. That next puppy was our Jasmine and the start of our prefix Mt Carmel.
|What we have learned from Koa, Katie and
Clancy Continually learn from our wolfhounds past, present and future.
2. Breeders. Finding a reputable breeder. Check with your local kennel club, check with the Irish Wolfhound Club of America ask those who have wolfhounds about their
dogs breeder. Breeders should be available 7-24 to people have acquired a hound from them. They should do interviews and take references. They should be showing or
have shown in conformation some of their hounds. You need to visit their home or kennels and see both parents if possible. Ask about health problems and longevity. Be
prepared to wait over a year for a puppy.
3. Training. Training like most dogs, training needs to be consistent. With wolfhounds training should refrain from hitting or scolding. We have found over the years that a
lot of very positive, but firm training is more motivating to this breed. They are not quick to respond like a german shepard or golden retriever. They will give you many
chuckles as they slowly maneuver their body into a sit. They will give you the saddest hound eyes when put into a down stay. They will do all basic commands but not with the
polished, energetic enthusiasm of a boxer. Just remember to be consistent and patient. Give lots of kisses and hugs their main goal is to please you. Training is a must
with these huge animals, with out basic training you could find yourself with a HUGE dog out of control.
4. Socializing. Very important. This is a very necessary part of your hounds mental development. You must have the means and be willing to carry your hound to pet
stores, doggy day care, obedience classes, to the dog park, or to the flea market. Where ever there may be people, noises and smells. Once your puppy is old enough they
will benefit from socializing. A well socialized dog is just like having a trained dog. You will get plenty of compliments on not only on how well they behave but how calm your
hound is. Warning: Just as in training it is done in a positive manner. Don't use excessive force or make them go somewhere they are not ready to go.
5. Diet. Another important factor in a well balanced hound. Their diet also needs to be suitable for their fast growing puppy months. Puppy foods can be damaging to the
growth of their bones if the level of protein and fat is too much . Remember slow and steady this breed is already a large breed and your puppy will be large soon enough no
need to rush it. Some of these great hounds get very picky about their food. Once you have ruled out any physical reasons or illness. You will be looking for advice. First off
always ask your puppy's breeder for their advise. Some lines as with our Koa tend to be lean hounds throughout their puppy years into adult hood. Around 3 years of age
their metabolism slows down and they will actually put on weight. Most cases do not result in a great deal of weight gain just enough. Again always referrer to your puppy's
breeder about their diet. On the other hand you do not want an obese hound. This is the largest of the galloping hounds. Too much weight on a puppy's growing bones and
joints can have long term damaging effects. This breed was never intended to compete with mastiffs and St Bernard's in weight. Moderation should be practiced in every
aspect of your puppy's growing months and years, to include exercise.
6. Health Breeders should be forth-coming of all health issues. No one can claim or guarantee that their lines are free of life threating disease such as heart and cancer.
Some lines do have a tendency to have more problems than others. Breeders should know what health problems are from researching and first hand knowledge. Read
about the different health problems associated with wolfhounds and ask the breeder what their main health issues are. Healthier dogs live happier and longer. In the future
we would like to see a mandatory requirement to have all breeding stock as a minimum certified through OFA for Heart, Eyes, Elbows, Hips, and all puppies should be tested
for liver shunt before being placed.