Development of Inbreeding

There is ongoing discussion about using a low number of generations when calculating coefficient of inbreeding and whether that gives an accurate assessment of the measure of inbreeding. Some people will claim that the genetic bottlenecks in the breed as well as the low number of founders means all Irish Wolfhounds are highly inbred. It’s a known fact that using a higher number of generations when calculating inbreeding means an increase in the coefficient of inbreeding. Continue reading

The situation in Victoria, Australia

In Australia, there’s been an ongoing situation since 2006 when two litters were registered as purebred irish wolfhounds when they apparently were not of the ancestry claimed.

In june 2016, DNA evidence was accepted by the court as showing that an unregistered dog of unknown parentage, by the name of “Murphy” was the sire of the dogs in question. The magistrate ordered the registration of the the two bitches in question cancelled.

At we are grateful for the efforts of our friends in Australia to set things right. Especially Loretta van Nunspeet and Graham Jacobson have fought a long, expensive battle on behalf of our breed for close to ten years.

We believe in protecting the pedigrees. The trust Kennel Clubs put in breeders have clearly been broken in this case. We are still awaiting removal of the dogs in question from the registers of the Australian National Kennel Council. We have asked the Australian Irish Wolfhound Clubs for advice, and although not all of them have been able to give a reply yet, the message has been clear: Please remove the dogs in question.

The trustees of has decided to remove the two bitches who are now proved to have a sire of unknown origin. We have further decided to remove all their full siblings and all their progeny from our database. All in all, 86 dogs have been removed as we believe they are not proven to be purebred Irish Wolfhounds.

We have kept the list and will consult it for future registrations as long as the dogs are kept in the registers of the Australian National Kennel Council.
Dogs Victoria’s statement on the issue may be read here:

The ringside tool

The show season is upon us. Did you know that works great on a mobile phone?
If you sit ringside and see a dog you like, just check it out in to see its breeding. Should the dog be missing, we would appreciate if very much if you notify us by email to (a snap of the catalog page is great) or just add it with the Add a litter-function when you’re back at a computer

Adding images

We love images and would love to have more of them. You may use the “Add Mediafiles” button and drag images or PDF-files onto the window to add them. They will be verified with our admin-team before being submitted to the main page.

Adding info to iwdb

There are four ways for you to add info and correct errors in The button “Report a Problem” at the top of every page, will let you send us a message. Please be concise and clear on the issue and remember to give your email-address so we may contact you if needed. The second option available to all is to send us an email at Registered users may also use the functions Correct/Append to this pedigree and Add Litter to send in information.

Trial Matings

Anyone can create Trial matings. All Trial matings start with the word Trial: followed by what you call it. You may search for trial matings created by you in the regular search box, while other trial matings won’t appear. Trial matings are in fact invisible for other users unless you choose to share the link with others. If you do, anyone with the link may access it.

It’s also possible to search for previous trial matings in the trial mating dialog, for instance to go further down the line with other generations. If you want to use this feature, remember to assign a sex to the trial mating, otherwise it won’t show up when searching for a sire or dam to your future mating.

You may start Trial Matings from the Trial Matings menu

Sharing pedigrees

We have two distinct ways of sharing pedigrees from Both are available from the Sharing-pane on any pedigree (even trial matings). The first one, calles Share, is just a link to the current page including the number of generations you have set. If you click the Facebook share-button, it’s that link that’s being shared on Facebook.

The other function is Embedding of a pedigree. It’s typically used when you want to embed a pedigree from on your own website. Just copy the code and paste it into the edit-box of a content management system or your favourite HTML-editor where you want it to sit, and voila, it’s there.

The Embed-page is slightly different than other pages, omitting page headers, menus and footers to just give a clean four generation pedigree with links.

Favourite dog

Clicking the orange star will favourite a dog, so it’s always available for you in the Favourites-pane. If a dog is already favourited, you may remove it from favourites by clicking the star again.