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A loving, athletic, and gentle giant

The Irish Wolfhound is a fantastic athlete and a strong sighthound. Despite its size, this breed is gentle and affectionate. All Irish Wolfhounds have their own personalities, but when properly cared for, they make pleasant companions.

Irish Wolfhound At a Glance

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Irish Wolfhound At a Glance

  • Size: 30"-32", 105-120 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 6-8 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Harsh and wiry outer coat with a soft undercoat
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Hound
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Irish Wolfhound Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    Despite its large size, the Irish Wolfhound is a calm and elegant breed. They are a beautiful, reassuring addition to any household, and they thrive in a caring and sensitive setting. Irish Wolfhounds need frequent human connection, and they do not tolerate being crated on a regular basis.

  • Health

    Irish Wolfhounds can be vulnerable to genetic and health conditions like heart disease, cancers, and liver shunt. Also, like most large breeds, they can be susceptible to bloat.

  • Activity Level

    A healthy and happy Irish Wolfhound will need daily exercise. It's crucial to have a wide, gated area for them to romp around in. They will chase after whatever they see, so they must be kept on a leash in an open area. Irish Wolfhounds also excel in dog sports such as tracking and lure coursing.

  • Grooming

    Their unique, wiry coat should be brushed once a week to help remove loose hair and keep the coat clean of dirt. Every 6 months their coat should be plucked by their owner or groomer to remove excess dead hair,.

  • Shedding

    Irish Wolfhounds will shed moderately throughout the year, but not an excessive amount. Weekly brushings will keep their shedding in check.

  • Appearance

    The Irish Wolfhound is a large breed with a strong, muscular body. Their coats are shaggy and can come in a range of colors including fawn, gray, black, brindle, and white.

  • History

    The Irish Wolfhound's long history is a bit cloudy, but it is understood that the breed was created by breeding large British breeds with Middle Eastern Hounds. They were used in 15th century Ireland to hunt wolves, predators that were taking over the Irish countryside. By the early 1800s these predators became extinct in Ireland, and Irish Wolfhounds almost joined them. By the late 1860s breed enthusiasts revived the breed and they remain a popular hound in Ireland and beyond today.