|What we have learned from Koa, Katie and Clancy
Continually learn from our wolfhounds past, present and future.
Breeders should be available 7-24 to people that 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.
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 shepherd 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 out basic training you could find
yourself with a HUGE dog out of control.
Very important. This it is a 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.
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.
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.