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Irish Wolfhound – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 90 - 150 pounds
Height: 28 - 35 inches
Longevity: 8
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt an Irish Wolfhound, Dog Breed Guide your pets come first paw iconOfficial Name
Irish Wolfhound your pets come first paw iconOrigin
Date – 339 B.C.E
Country – Ireland
Family / Group – Southern, Sight Hound, Hound your pets come first paw iconRecognized By
American Pet Registry, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club,
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
Irish Wolfhound Club of America your pets come first paw iconHistory
The Irish Wolfhound became part of ancient antiquities of the British Isles, having records of them throughout the reign of the Celts. They were favorites of the Celts, bringing these dogs along when they sacked Rome. Officially, it was mentioned by ancient Roman scribes in the year 339 B.C.E. They wrote about then Roman consul Quintus Aurelius receiving a gift of seven Irish Wolfhound dogs after Romans invaded the British Isles. Originally, these dogs were used by the Irish for their guardian and military prowess. But they are more famous for being impressive hunters of wolves. By the late 17th century, wolves are nearly extinct in Ireland; this affected the breed tremendously and was nearly eradicated. Revival and development of the modern day Irish Wolf Hound started during the mid-1840s. your pets come first paw iconPersonality
Out in the field, Irish Wolfhounds are fun loving and active. At home is very calm. They are an intelligent dog, appearing dignified in its stance. Although the ancient versions of these dogs were used for military purposes, today’s Irish Wolfhounds are not that aggressive. They are actually poor guard dogs as they tend to get along with everyone including strangers. your pets come first paw iconBred For
Irish Wolfhounds were originally used to hunt wolves. Throughout history these dogs were used as war dogs, guarding herds and property, hunt medium to large game animals such as elks, deer, wolves, and boars. your pets come first paw iconEnvironment
The Irish Wolfhound is a giant dog and having them as apartment pets is not a good idea. your pets come first paw iconGrooming
These Irish dogs have rough medium-length coats that require a bit of an effort to groom. Grooming should be done regularly and thoroughly. They are an Irish dog breed that shed hair in moderate amounts. your pets come first paw iconTraining
The Irish Wolfhound is relatively easy to train. your pets come first paw iconHealth
There are six health conditions that the Irish Wolfhound are prone to acquire. These are the common canine problem hip dysplasia, eyesight problems that gradually progress, cancers of the bone, cardiomyopathy and the Von Willebrand’s disease. your pets come first paw iconExercise
These giant dogs are very active! To have these Irish hounds well balanced and great family pets, owners should provide an ample amount of space for them to move and run about. The usual exercise regiment of daily walks would be sufficient.