We live in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, Uk. We got our first Irish Wolfhound 7 years ago and she changed our lives. We began showing at Championship & Open Shows and decided we would like to breed our own dogs to show. Showing is our hobby, living with our hounds is our life.
Austonley is an area in Holmfirth, here my husband grew up and it is central to where we walk our Wolfhounds at least twice a day. It has everything needed to exercise these big powerful hounds. Woodland, moorland, river and reservoir walks, with 90% off lead. Plus there are tons of dog friendly pubs for some very serious socialising.
We decided the name was apt, they are Austonley Irish Wolfhounds.
7 years ago also began our search for the best diet we could provide for all our pack (all sizes) and Austonley’s Pet Food Ranges were born, giving us complete peace of mind that each of our pack get the best we can give them.
We currently have 8 Wolfhounds. Cilla, Bella, Tayla, Ragnar, Bigfoot, Lena, Fame & Geronimo. All live in our home as part of our family and all go out on walks and visit pubs!!! Our wolfhounds do not live their entire lives in kennels, barns or stables.
Cilla was from a breeder here in the UK. Bella was imported from Italy, we drove to Paris to pick her up from a train station right in the centre. Tayla was imported from Holland and we had her delivered to us by pet courier.
Ragnar is our first home bred wolfhound from our ‘A Litter’ (mum is Cilla). Bigfoot and Lena are brother and sister from our ‘B Litter’ (mum is Bella). Celeste, our ‘C Litter’ pup (Ragnar and Tayla) died at 18 months old of pneumonia. Fame (‘E Litter’) is daughter of Bigfoot and Cilla…………. Leaving our newest addition Geronimo from our ‘G Litter’, he is our first Austonley X Austonley mating (Ragnar and Lena). Are you confused!!!!!? Believe me, it was far more time consuming and complicated than I can fit in to one paragraph.
We keep in touch with all the puppies we have bred and if need be would take back any puppy at any stage in their life. We offer lifetime support and advice to all their new owners. We have made some very good friends through homing wolfhounds in only the best homes we can find.
And….. not forgetting THE OTHERS!!!!!!! We have 4 year old Salad (Whippet), soon to turn 2 year old ZZ (White Swiss Shepherd Dog) and we are currently fostering Bentley, a yearling lurcher that was taken to the vets, by his owner, to be put to sleep. Bentley had a broken foot, the vet managed to save his foot but he will always have a limp! (UPDATE…. We are no longer fostering Bentley because we adopted him!!!!!!!)
We show our Wolfhounds and the White Swiss Shepherd at Championship and Open Shows, although we enjoy showing it is only a small part of our lives and winning ribbons is not the be all and end all.