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Irish Wolfhounds

"All About The Irish Wolfhound Dog"
Sight Hound

irish wolfhound

"The Irish Wolfhound is said to be the largest of the
sight hounds and possibly the tallest dog in the world."

Alternate Names

Irish Dogs
Big Dogs of Ireland
Greyhounds of Ireland
Wolfdogs of Ireland
Great Hounds of Ireland


Body: Large, heavily-boned, robust body with a moderately long back, deep chest, and wide breastbone.

Coat: Rough and harsh, wiry and long over the eyes and under the jaw line.

Color: Grey, brindle, red, black, solid white, or fawn.

Ears: Small and rose-shaped.

Eyes: Dark and oval with black eyelids.

Feet: Round with well-arched toes and strong nails.

Head: Long with a moderately wide skull, long somewhat pointed muzzle, strong jaws and a scissor bite.

Legs: Forelegs are sloping with straight bones and well-muscled shoulders. Hindquarters are strong with muscular thighs. Second thighs are long and powerful, hocks are well let down.

Neck: Long, muscular, powerful, and well-arched.

105 - 120 pounds
Height: 30 - 32 inches

Tail: Long and slightly curved.

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Recommended for experienced dog handlers

AKC Standard says, "Because of their great size and the amount of exercise essential to their well-being, the Irish Wolfhound should not be acquired without serious forethought. The ideal home is one with sufficient fenced property to accommodate the galloping nature of this athletic sighthound."

One of the more gentle dog breeds with a friendly personality, and quiet manner. The Irish Wolfhound is a loyal companion who will enjoy accompanying you on long daily walks. He is affectionate and quiet, courageous but non-aggressive, alert and watchful but friendly to visitors.

Obedience training should be handled by someone well experienced and should begin at the earliest age possible. Wolfhound puppies can weigh as much as 100 pounds by the time they are six months old.

AKC Standards say, "A Wolfhound puppy takes a year or more to mature, and left to its own devices can demolish a room per hour and injure itself in the process."

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Breed Type

AKC Group: Hound Group (sight hound)

Bred to hunt wolves.

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Care and Grooming

Exercise: Lots of daily exercise with a fenced in, spacious area for galloping around.

Grooming: Brush one to two times weekly and trim as necessary.


Life Expectancy: 11 Years

Possible Problems:
Entropion - turning inwards of the eyelids
Bloat - twisting of the stomach
Bone Cancer
Heart Disease
Liver Shunt - blood bypasses the liver
vWD - a blood disorder

The Irish Wolfhound may have a negative reaction to anesthesia and other chemical related drugs. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before administering flea and tick medications.

Recommended Certificates:
CERF - for the eyes
OFA - for the hips

Country of Origin


More Photos

red irish wolfhound
grey irish wolfhound
two white irish wolfhounds

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