April 5, 2020

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Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

Weight: 120-155 in males and 105-135 in females

Height: 32" in males and 30" in females

Exercise Requirements: 20-40 mins/day

Energy Level: Low

Longevity: 5-7 years

Colors: Gray, Brindle, Red, Black, White, Fawn

Coat: straight medium length, double coat; moderate grooming



The Irish Wolfhound is a giant sized breed, and among the tallest in the world. It has a long, wiry, shaggy coat and comes in red, gray, white, brindle, black and fawn. The Irish Wolfhound has very long legs, a long slender head and snout, and a large deep chest.

Weighing in between 105-155 pounds and between 28-35" inches tall, this gigantic dog stands at a whopping 7' tall on its hind legs!

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Health Conditions

  • cardiomyopathy 
  • bone cancer 
  • bloat 
  • PRA 
  • Von Willebrands 
  • hip dysplasia

Living Conditions

Not recommended for apartment life, as the Irish Wolfhound is a giant breed that needs space. They are not very active but at least a large yard will do. A active family will benefit this breed and kennels are not ideal. 


The Irish Wolfhound is a giant sighthound. They require at least a daily walk, and are no more active than your small dog breeds. They are sweet-tempered, patient, and incredibly smart! Great around children, and is friendly with everyone! The Irish wolfhound may not be the ideal guard dog but many may fear it because of its size.

Temperament is largely dependent on how this breed is raised. Also, extensive training as a pup is needed as they tend to jump as a pup, and may be destructive if left alone. In which case crate training is recommended for short periods of time. 

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"The Irish Wolfhound's name originates from is use as a wolf hunter, and not from its appearance. This is a very old breed with Roman records dating as far back as 391 AD. They were used in wars, and for guarding herds and property and for hunting Irish elk, deer, boar and wolves.

They were held in such high esteem that battles were fought over them. Irish Wolfhounds were often given as royal presents. Boar and wolf became extinct in Ireland and as a result the Irish Wolfhound declined in population. A British army officer by the name of Captain George Graham bred them in the second half of the 19th century. The breed was restored by the introduction of Great Dane and Deerhound blood.

 The Irish Wolfhound Club was founded in 1885 and it was recognized by the AKC in 1897. In 1902 a hound was first presented to the Irish Guards as a mascot. It was recognized by the Kennel Club as a sporting breed in 1925. The Irish Wolfhound Society was founded in 1981."




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