Outi Piisi-Putta / FIN
My life with dogs started more than 50 years ago (gosh – I’m old). The last 30 years wolfhounds have been a part of my life. Some litters have been bred with the motive: “not the quantity, but the quality”.
I got the licence to judge Irish Wolfhounds in 2002. After that I’ve extended in the FCI-group 10 and so far many breeds in the FCI-group 5. I’ve had the joy to judge many interesting shows, both here and there, almost all over the world.
The big passion in my life has been and still is to do just everything what I can to help our breed to survive to the next generations in a shape and action which is typical for this breed. This has been the reason to start to write the book “Irish Wolfhound – Living legend”. It is the tool I can share in the project how we take this breed in correct type to the next generations. One important element in the project is correct temperament: kind and gentle but at the same time always brave and showing commanding appearance.
© Cristina Leonardi
The presentation includes partly same elements; our breed has its history, now it’s a question of present time and after today there will be a future. We have always been proud of the fact this breed looks about the same it has done already a long time. What are the elements which are important and therefore we should pay extra much attention to them? Elements of the type, which should follow the breed from the history to the future – they are the main topics in my presentation.
Cover: Angeliek Wick
Per Arne Flatberg / N
Chairman of the Irish Wolfhound Club of Norway
Dr. Maura Lyons / UK
Member of The Irish Wolfhound Health Group
Modern pedigree-research with IWDB
In March, a large group of breed enthusiasts from around the world launched a brand new, free and open pedigree database for Irish Wolfhounds. Already at launch it was bigger and more complete than previous Irish Wolfhound-databases.
The site has a size and scope which makes it useful for breed-research in addition to ordinary pedigree-research.
At EIWC 2016, two of the database's founders, Per Arne Flatberg and Dr. Maura Lyons, will give a speech and demonstration on some of the opportunities this database initiative gives breeders and breed bodies.
We will tell you who the really popular sires are, you will get to know our effective population size, and you can expect to be enlightened about the breed's ancient and modern history. You might also get a glimpse at what exciting and useful features the group has worked on since the site was launched.
Per Arne Flatberg is chairman of the Irish wolfhound club of Norway. He works as an independent computer consultant and programmer. Per Arne is the programmer of iwdb.org, one of the system’s founders and one of it’s trustees. He lives in Bergen, Norway with his two irish wolfhounds.
Dr. Maura Lyons has a botany degree and a PhD in molecular genetics, and she is currently the manager of a plant laboratory. Maura has owned Irish Wolfhounds for over 20 years and served on the committee of the Irish Wolfhound Club of Scotland for 10 years, and is currently one of their representatives on the IWHG, which she has served on for 2 years.
Almost all Team Members were at the CRUFTS Show 2016 in Birmingham in order to present the new IWDB.
From left to right: Rebecca Peek, Jean Timmins, Jo Braine, Per Arne Flatberg, Steven Ritchie, Julia McKendry, Dr. Volker Hollmann, Dr. Maura Lyons, Edita Béresová und
Dr. Maura Lyons / IWHG
Mr TN Finney, Chairman of the IWHG UK,
Dr. Maura Lyons and Jan Oliver will be giving an insight into the current research & developments being undertaken by the Irish Wolfhound Health Group.
Main Topic: Osteosarcoma project with Nottingham University
Nottingham University are running several projects and Maura will mention them all. But the main topic will be based on the Osteosarcoma project. This project will involve gathering information about each dog over a long time period to assess the impact of environmental factors on the risk of development of osteosarcoma, and it needs owner involvement and commitment over several years.
Maura Lyons has a botany degree and a PhD in molecular genetics, and she is currently the manager of a plant laboratory. Laura has owned Irish Wolfhounds for over 20 years and served on the committee of the Irish Wolfhound Club of Scotland for 10 years, and is currently one of their representatives on the IWHG, which she has served on for 2 years.
During the weekend Dr. Maura Lyons will have swabs and paperwork with her. If anyone wants to join up for this project it is very highly appreciated.
Dogs in Motion by Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer, University of Jena
How does a dog move?
Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer, Head of the Zoological and Evolutionary Biological Institute with Phylogenetic Museum of the University of Jena will answer this seemingly simple question in a fascinating and outstandingly informative lecture. In cooperation with his colleagues, Prof. Dr. Fischer performed the worlds’ largest scientific study including over 300 dogs of 32 different breeds focusing on the context of skeleton, musculature and the course of movement.
This knowledge, which was published in his book “Dogs in Motion” in 2011, not only answers many questions regarding the musculoskeletal system of dogs, it also provides important information concerning the health of dogs in daily keeping as well as sporting activities. It also provides an excellent overview regarding the specific differences of various breeds. A most fascinating, knowledgeable and scientifically proven lecture not to be missed.