Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club

NCIWC is dedicated to promoting the continued well-being and preservation of  Irish Wolfhounds by example and education. NCIWC  sponsors many activities for this purpose. The activities range from specialties and matches to beach walks and public events, such as Celtic festivals and parades.

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What a Beautiful Dog!

How many times have you heard that phrase from a stranger on the street when they first see your Wolfhound? They will often stop what they are doing and ask to come over to admire your hound up close. The look on their face says it all; they are mesmerized. At those moments, we become ambassadors for the breed and Wolfhound fanciers around the world, and we will spend time with these folks to allow them to visit with our hounds and ask us questions about life with them.  

We love our dogs and all of the wonderful things you can do with them, for them, and with our extended IW family and friends. They are family companions, hiking partners, and competitors in the conformation ring, rally, obedience, and coursing. Wolfhounds are also well-suited for patient therapy due to their calm nature. 

At the core, its about living with these amazing companion animals that just want to be with their humans and participate in all of the fun things that take place when people come together from across the state, country and internationally to celebrate all things Irish Wolfhound. The Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club events will typically have participants from California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and Canada. 

Good food and drink, music, kilts or suit coats, dresses or shorts and tee shirts, all come together at our events as we enjoy old friendships that may span 40 years or more, or the welcoming of new friends into the "clan" that may have met their first wolfhound that very day! 

The breath and depth of the owners and breeders knowledge, combined with the expertise from judges from around the country and world gives everyone a unique opportunity to share, learn and grow in our knowledge and passion for this noble breed.

The club has a collegial spirt of "lets' get things done" when it is time to set up tents, tables and show-rings, ensure the event goes smoothly, and then pitch in for the tear-down at the end of the day. 

As sad as that is because the show is over, you can generally be cheered up with a BBQ, pizza around the camp, pot-luck dinner, judge's dinner or simply sending off your friends and their pups until we see you next time. "Slán go fóill.” (Goodbye for now).

Hope to see you soon!

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