All About Irish Wolfhounds
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The Irish Wolfhound is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: Fewer than 32 inches.
Weight: Fewer than 120 pounds.
Females – Height: Fewer than 32 inches.
Weight: Fewer than 105 pounds.
Irish Wolfhounds are commonly gray, brindle, red, black, white and fawn. They sometimes have black, gray or white markings.
This breed’s nickname, the gentle giant, says it all. Irish Wolfhounds are easygoing with a mild nature, unless seriously provoked; then they will give chase. They are not aggressive, but they can be courageous.
Though a large breed, Irish Wolfhounds do not have outsized exercise needs. Their daily activity can consist of a long walk. Though they are not particularly active, they do need room to stretch. Small living quarters are challenging for them.
- Irish Wolfhounds have a rough coat that sits long over their eyes and underneath their jaws.
- They are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed.
- They require brushing once or twice a week and regular scissoring to get rid of straggly hairs.
5 to 7 years
The most common health concerns for Irish Wolfhounds are gastric torsion and tail-tip injuries. Canine hip dysplasia, cardiomyopathy and osteosarcoma are less common but still occur within the breed. Irish Wolfhounds are very sensitive to anesthesia.
Irish Wolfhounds have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.
Irish Wolfhounds make good family pets, as they are great with children. They are also very good with other dogs and other household pets.
- This ancient breed is believed to have migrated from Greece to Ireland in 1500 B.C., though some of them stayed in the Mediterranean. They participated in arena fighting during the Roman Empire.
- In the 19th century Irish Wolfhounds almost went extinct in Ireland; the 1845 famine nearly eliminated all of them.
- Considering their size, Irish Wolfhounds can be surprisingly sensitive: They get callouses if they lie on hard surfaces too often.