Order of Merit

List of Points in Order of Merit

      1. Typical. The Irish Wolfhound should not be quite so heavy or massive as the Great Dane, but more so than the Deerhound, which in general type he should otherwise resemble.
      2. Great size and commanding appearance.
      3. Movements easy and active
      4. Head long and level, carried high.
      5. Forelegs heavily boned, quite straight; elbows well set under.
      6. Thighs long and muscular; second thighs, well muscled, stifles nicely bent.
      7. Coat, rough and hard, specially wiry and long over eyes and under jaw.
      8. Body long, well ribbed up, with ribs well sprung, and great breadth across the hips
      9. Loin arched, belly well drawn up.
      10. Ears small, with Greyhound-like carriage
      11. Feet moderately large and round; toes close, well arched.
      12. Neck long, well arched and very strong
      13. Chest very deep, moderately broad
      14. Shoulders muscular, set sloping
      15. Tail long and slightly curved
      16. Eyes dark

Note: The above in no way alters the “Standard of Excellence”, which must in all cases be rigidly adhered to; they simply give the various points in order of merit. If in any case they appear at variance with the Standard of Excellence, it is the latter which is correct