About Ulvsholm

Behind Ulvsholm Kennels is Jette Holm Jensen. By profession I am an IT system developer.

I got my first Irish Wolfhound in 1973 at 19 years of age. My first litter was born in 1975 and litter #65 was whelped August 2013. All of my current hounds go back in ancestry to my first hounds and the latest litter is the 10th generation of my own breeding.

Until 2000 I lived in the Northwestern part of Zealand, where I had a medium sized specially built kennel with 10-12 adult hounds and bred 2-3 litters a year. It was a long-standing dream that came true and it was exciting while it lasted.

During that period I was a very active exhibitor travelling with my hounds to numerous shows at home and abroad every year. The result so far has been about 20 Danish championships plus a number of titles obtained abroad by my own hounds and/or hounds exported.

I have had the pleasure that several breeders abroad have used my stock in their breeding programmes and my hounds have a large number of descendants all over the world. It happens frequently that I find them in pedigrees published when a dog somewhere has made a major win.

For many years I was involved with club work in various functions such as editor, show manager and board member in the Sighthound Club, to which Irish Wolfhounds belonged originally. In 1986 I was prime agent in forming the Irish Wolfhound Club of Denmark, and afterwards I was president of the club for several years.

In 1988 I got my license to judge the breed at CC level internationally. I have had the pleasure of judging at several shows at home and abroad, recently in France (2006), U.S.A. (2007), and Sweden (2008), Denmark (2009), Finland (2010) and California (2012).

Since I first got to know the breed I have preferred strongly built hounds and liked the lighter colours most. Consequently such hounds have made up the major part of my breeding. Even though the breed is no longer used for it's original purpose - big game hunting - it is important to me that it represents the traits necessary for such a dog. This means a big, substantial and muscular dog, athletic and with sighthound curves. It is also a must that he/she has well functioning movement to carry the big weight around easy, powerfully and smoothly at all speeds. It is such hounds I try to breed.

Since 2000 I have lived at Funen - the middle big island of Denmark - with a small number of hounds compared to what I used to have. My stock has been 3-5 hounds and during 6 years I had only 2 puppies for sale. In the summer of 2006 I had two big litters and since then I have had a litter every 3 years.

I very much appreciate having only a handful of dogs and subsequently the more personal relationship to the individual dog. This will also be the concept in the future. Unfortunately it is difficult to keep up a breeding program on just a few individuals and rare litters. This is especially so when as in my case it is decisive that the dogs have the characteristic traits in looks and disposition, which I have learned to appreciate during many years of breeding, and which I find it increasingly difficult to get elsewhere. The current trend in Europe goes in the direction of a lighter built type of Wolfhound than what appeals to me.

The idea of my current breeding program is - mainly by using good representatives from my own old line -to breed hounds for myself, which have the look and feel that I like in an Irish Wolfhound. When there are more puppies than I need myself, I hope that the others find safe homes with good people, who appreciate the special qualities of the Irish Wolfhound.

I still show occasionally but not with the joy and ambition that once meant a lot to me. With some hundreds of dog show trips in the background the fun and excitement has simply faded out. This does not mean that good conformation in my dogs means less to me. In fact I don't think I could enjoy owning an Irish Wolfhound which was not an excellent representative of the breed. I have had too many of those to settle for less.