About Us IW

Kalkinny Kennels Perm Registered (Canadian Kennel Club registration #29142019 and recognized Breeder of the Irirsh Wolfhound Club of Canada IWCC) is owned by and registered to Louise Bouchat-Laird of Ottawa, Ontario.

Louise has been a Chartered Professional Accountant CPA,CGA since 1985 and has owned dogs for most of her life.  She co-founded two all-breed canine rescue organizations which helped place hundreds of abused and abandoned dogs in the Ottawa area over the past 15 years. She first fell in love with the Irish Wolfhound when, as a child, she was introduced to a beautiful grey male by one of her school friends whose parents owned this beautiful boy. From that day on, she promised herself one day she would purchase one of her own. After getting her first Wolfhound, there was no doubt in her mind this was the only breed for her and one Wolfhound soon became two and then three then four and then five!.

In 2008 Louise’s pride and joy, her first wolfhound Briggs, a.k.a. CH Baileysong Dublins Brigadier CGN, a red wheaten male, was barely 6 months old.   Louise was hit with the “Dog Show Bug” and has been thoroughly enjoying handling and showing her dogs ever since. By the end of the summer, her dreams of starting her own breeding program of these magnificent animals  soon started to become reality.

In late fall of 2009, Louise purchased what would be her first foundation bitch, a beautiful 8 week old wheaten brindle puppy she named Sheenan, a.k.a. CH Aotearoa Emrys Cabaret CGN. 

On May 3rd 2010, her second foundation bitch was born; a stunning grey brindle puppy named Heera, a.k.a. CH Aotearoa Kaldaun Concerto from Kaldaun Kennels which is owned and registered to Ms Kyreen Shorey of Kingston, Ontario. Louise had the honour of assisting in the whelping of this beautiful litter.

On October 3rd 2011, Sheenan whelped her first litter; two beautiful boys sired by BISS Can.Am.UKC CH., AKC G.CH. Starkeeper McEnroe of Limerick,  Louise kept (under a co-own) one of these beautiful boys which has been named Selkirk, a.k.a. Kalkinny McShane of Starkeeper.

On March 19th 2012, a beautiful little puppy bitch by the name of Brooklyn, a.k.a. CH Laislinn Starkeeper Brooklyn, was born out of Starkeeper Glenamadda Fyrenze of Griffindor (Sire) and Lani Hopf’s beautiful bitch CH Laislinn Long Road to Caoihme CGC CGN (Dam). .

A beautiful litter of 9 puppies was whelped on January 28th 2013 out of CH Starkeeper Glenamadda Fyrenze of Griffindor (Sire) and Heera.  Louise has kept one of the gorgeous little females Phoebe aka GRCH Kalkinny Magic of Starkeeper CGN to enhance her breeding program.

Another stunning litter was whelped on March 27th 2016 out of CH Blackwing’s Starkeeper Tegann and our beautiful Phoebe aka GCH Kalkinny Magic of Starkeeper CGN. Four pups are now part of our breeding program; Croi (pronounced Cree) CH Kalkinny Essence of Starkeeper, Sersha CH Kalkinny Moonlit of Starkeeper Owen Am CH Kalkinny Legend of Starkeeper and Schimdt CH Kalkinny Dream of Starkeeper (licensed therapy dog).

Another stunning litter of 9 girls (!!) was whelped on August 31st 2019 out of CH Kellcastle Status Symbol and our beautiful Croi aka CH Kalkinny Essence of Starkeeper. We have chosen to keep Bree aka GRCH Kalkinny Glamour of Laislinn to continue our line. Bree achieved #1 Irish Wolfhound Bitch in Canada title Oct ‘23.

Two beautiful litters were born in 2023; the first of 9 girls and 2 boys was whelped on March 21st 2023 out of GRCH Olaf du Second Souffle and Nymeria aka Kalkinny Conquest of Laislinn and the second of 3 girls and 6 boys was whelped on May 2nd 2023 out of GRCH Olaf du Second Souffle and Bree aka GRCH Kalkinny Glamour of Laislinn . Three pups are now part of our breeding program; Deekin aka Kalkinny Music of the Night by Shrek , Watson aka Kalkinny Heart of Gold by Shrek and Matilda aka Kalkinny Walking on Sunshine by Shrek.

It is her goal to produce the highest quality Irish Wolfhounds.  All her dogs are conformation Champions and are C.E.R.F. & O.F.A tested for eyes, hips, elbows and heart disease in addition to all puppies being Liver Shunt tested. 

You are invited to click on the link located on the Pedigree page (Picture Linked Format) to see first hand how magnificent their ancestry really is.  You will be able to match the names and photos to each of the pedigrees listed on this site.


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