Routine Care: Irish Wolfhound are a large dog with lots of energy and strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. Their beard can get messy while eating and drinking and will need some attention to keep it clean.
Grooming: Brush coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Irish Wolfhounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Irish Wolfhounds are a quiet, easy-going dog that requires close human companionship. Give them soft bedding and ample space to stretch out.
Loyal and loving companion
Energetic, active, and athletic
Intelligent, friendly, and easily won over
Even temper and gentle disposition
Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable
Good with children
Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy
Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much
Sensitive by nature, a bit slow to mature
Takes up a lot of room due to her massive size
Needs frequent attention from her family
Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children
Whether you are considering adding a new Irish Wolfhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Irish Wolfhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Irish Wolfhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues an Irish Wolfhound could encounter:
The Irish Wolfhound is an ancient breed with references in Roman records dating back to 391 AD. The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all dog breeds and the largest of all of the sighthounds. They were bred to hunt wolves and elk, but as wolves became extinct in Ireland, the Wolfhound population declined. The breed was restored in the late 19th century, and the Wolfhound is often referred to as a “gentle giant.” Because of her loving temperment, she forms strong bonds with her family. The Irish Wolfhound is patient and gentle with children, but their large size makes them prone to accidents with small children and other pets.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Irish Wolfhound shows signs of the following:
Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating
Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough
Lameness with or without swelling
Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
Cloudiness to eye lens
Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
General reluctance to run or play
Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
Tubular vomit, undigested food
Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
Reddened, bumpy or painful calluses