Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

This calm dog is good with children and other dogs. It needs plenty of space to stretch its legs daily.

Breed Overview

The Irish Wolfhound is named not after its appearance, but for its original purpose of hunting wolves. They are thought to have originated in Greece and arrived in Ireland around 1500 B.C. This breed is used for lure coursing, and coursing wolves. These gentle giants are easy going, soft natured, calm, sensitive, sweet, and very patient. They are relatively good watch dogs and can provide some protection. They are excellent with children, strangers, pets, and other dogs. These courageous dogs enjoy long daily walks and being able to stretch their legs out with a good run. They are excellent companions for active individuals, outdoor enthusiasts, families with older children, and experienced dog handlers. Grooming requirements are brushing or combing their coat one to two times per week. Dead hairs should be stripped twice per year.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Breed Details & Traits

Height: Male: 32"; Female: 30"
Weight: Male: 120 lb; Female: 105 lb
Lifespan: 5-7 years

Breed Traits

Friendly, Gentle, Sighthound,

Irish Wolfhound

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