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Irish Wolfhounds


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Irish Wolfhound

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Average Height & Weight

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.

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Irish Wolfhound


Typical Coloring

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.




Activity Level

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.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

5 to 7 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

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.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Irish Wolfhounds have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.



Irish Wolfhound


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Irish Wolfhounds make good family pets, as they are great with children. They are also very good with other dogs and other household pets.




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