Irish & Scottish Dog Breeds

Irish Wolfhounds

The calm, dignified, and kindly Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all AKC breeds. Once fearless big-game hunters capable of dispatching a wolf in single combat, Wolfhounds today are the most serene and agreeable of companions.

The amiable Irish Wolfhound is an immense, muscular hound gracefully built along classic Greyhound lines, capable of great speed at the gallop. A male might stand nearly 3 feet at the shoulder and weigh up to 180 pounds. Females will run smaller but are still a whole lot of hound. The rough, hard coat comes in many colors, including white, gray, brindle, red, black, and fawn. IWs are too serene to be fierce guard dogs, but just the sight of them is enough to deter intruders. IWs are characteristically patient with kids, though animals their size should be supervised around small children. Owning an Irish Wolfhound is a unique, rewarding experience, but acquiring a giant galloping hound is a commitment as big as the dog itself.

Irish Wolfhound exhibit will be open Saturday until 5 PM next to the Children’s Area

Dandie Dinmont Terriers

Dandie Dinmont Terriers first showed up in a Gainsborough painting in 1777. They are the only breed of dog named for a fictional character, a farmer, Dandie Dinmont, who was a character in Sir Walter Scot’s 1815 novel, “Guy Mannering”

Today the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is one of the rarest and most endangered of all purebred dogs. The Dandie is a true terrier made up of all curves instead of the straight lines of most terriers. The come from the Scottish border country and are the only breed to have tehir own officially sanctioned tartan.

The Dandie combines an affectionate and dignified nature with tenacity and boldness. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is known as “the gentleman of Terriers”.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier exhibit will be in the Clan Building