Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound Dog Breeds

The Irish Wolfhound is a big and beautiful dog. They are one of the largest breeds of dogs in the world and can tower over most people when on two feet. The Irish Wolfhound is incredibly large. The breed generally stands 30 to 35 inches and weighs 110 to 180 pounds. Irish Wolfhounds have rough coats made up of wiry hair. Their fur comes in many different colors including gray, red, black, white, fawn and brindle. The Irish Wolfhound breed adores people and wants nothing more than to be close to their humans- and may even lean on them for comfort.


Irish Wolfhounds may look threatening and scary, but they are nothing more than gentle giants. They are loyal to their families and want to be included in all family activities. The Irish Wolfhound is an easy-going couch potato that loves getting belly rubs and attention. They are a wonderful dog for families who have a fenced in yard and lots of love to give. Irish Wolfhounds should be socialized early to become comfortable around new sights, scents, smells, and activities. Once they are socialized they love to meet new people and animals- as long as their family is by their side.


Irish Wolfhounds need to be brushed every week to keep up with shedding and tangles. They are quite clean dogs and only need to have a bath a few times a year. Their ears should be cleaned every week and their nails should be trimmed every month.


Irish Wolfhounds are not for a novice dog owner. They are difficult to train and prefer to do things their way. The size of an Irish Wolfhound can be intimidating, so training should start at a very young age. They should be socialized with other dogs, children, and other family pets early on. They need to learn basic commands, how to greet people gently, and the house rules before they hit adolescence or it can become extremely difficult to train them.

Daily Activity

Irish Wolfhounds do not need very much exercise and like nothing better than to lay all day on the couch. They may even require convincing with treats to go for a walk. Irish Wolfhounds tend to be more active before the age of 2, but generally become lazy after that. Despite wanting to stay on the couch, it is important to take an Irish Wolfhound for a couple short walks a day to keep them healthy.


The Irish Wolfhound dog breed has an average life expectancy of 6 to 8 years. Although a generally healthy breed there are some health concerns in the breed including: bone cancer, bloat, dermatitis, atrial fibrillation, hip dysplasia, cataracts, should osteochondrosis and more.

An Irish Wolfhound may be too large of a dog for most people, but if you have space and have considered the other factors of owning a huge breed, this gentle giant will provide you with big love daily.

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