Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Ireland
Group: Sighthound
Height: males 33-36 in., females 30-34 in.
Weight: 100-150 lbs.
Life span: 6-8 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes with early socialization

What is the origin of the Irish Wolfhound?

The huge, dignified Irish Wolfhound hunted with Ireland’s kings and queens. First used by the Celts to hunt wolves and wild boar, it was brought to Ireland by the Romans. The Irish Wolfhound holds the title of tallest dog in the world. There is an old Irish proverb that can be applies to the Irish Wolfhound – “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked.”

What does the Irish Wolfhound look like?

This very tall, muscular dog with a deep chest can reach heights of 30-36 inches and weigh between 100-150 lbs. The head is long with a long, slightly pointed muzzle. Ears are small and lie close to the head. Eyes are dark. The tail is long and slightly curved. The coat is wiry and rough, Colors are grey, brindle, red, black and white. Regular grooming will help keep the coat healthy.

What is the temperament of the Irish Wolfhound?

This “gentle giant” is an intelligent, friendly, loving dog. It is an excellent, trustworthy dog with children. The Irish Wolfhound needs gentle training and will respond well to a kind hand. Because of its mild nature, it usually gets on well with other pets. A daily walk and at least a large, fenced yard are necessary. Keep in mind, this dog needs lots of space.

What are the uses of the Irish Wolfhound?

In some places the Irish Wolfhound is still used in hunting large prey. While it may not be the best guard dog, its size alone is enough to frighten intruders. Most of all the Irish Wolfhound is a wonderful family companion.

Possible Health Issues

Hip/elbow dysplasia, cardiomyopathy, osteosarcoma, liver shunt, hypothyroidism, von Willebrand’s Disease, progressive retinal atrophy, gastric torsion.

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