Irish Wolfhound Dog Breed Information


Irish Wolfhound Quick Facts
Irish Wolfhound
Breed Group: Hound
Origen: Ireland
Nickname: Cú Faoil
Weight: 105-120 lbs
Height: 30-32 inches
Color(s): Gray, brindle, red, black, white, or fawn.


Irish Wolfhound Appearance

The Irish Wolfhound resembles a rough-coated Greyhound, although of more powerful build. This breed is remarkable in combining power and swiftness with keen sight. They are very muscular, strong, and very active. The small ears are carried back against the head most of the time. The neck is long, strong and well arched. The chest is wide and deep. Its tail is long, slightly curved, and well covered with hair. The feet are round, with well arched toes. The Irish Wolfhound is graceful with an easy yet powerful gait.

The Irish Wolfhound’s coat is rough and wiry to provide protection. The most common colors are gray, brindle, red, black, white, or fawn. The weight of the Irish Wolfhound is around 105-120 pounds; and the height is around 30-32 inches. The Irish Wolfhound is known as the world's tallest breed of dog; they can reach up to 7 feet tall when standing on his hind legs.

Irish Wolfhound Temperament

The Irish Wolfhound is known as the gentle giant. His personality is sweet natured, friendly and easygoing. An old Irish proverb describes him perfectly: "Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked." Despite its great size is good with children, pets and other dogs. Always eager to please, they are unconditionally loyal to their owner and family. They tend to greet everyone as a friend; even the unwanted visitors are enthusiastically welcome, so do not count on them being a watch dog, but may be a deterrent simply due to his size.

Is Irish Wolfhound the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Irish Wolfhound needs a daily exercise. They enjoy a long walk, running or a chance to stretch its legs. These dogs adapt to your family circumstances well and will not misbehave. The Irish Wolfhound is not recommended for apartment life. His large size commands more room, a soft surface to rest, and a bigger car to transport him. Training the Irish Wolfhound is not difficult, they are highly intelligent, willing to learn and respond quickly to positive training.

Irish Wolfhound Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Irish Wolfhound is around 5-7 years.

Irish Wolfhound Health problems

There is a number of health problems associated with this breed. The major concerns are Elbow displasia, cardiomyopathy and Gastric Torsion (bloat). They are also prone to osteosarcoma, vWD (Von Willebrands), and mega-esophagus.

Irish Wolfhound Care and Grooming

The Irish Wolfhound coat requires a regular brushing and combing one or twice a week to prevent matting. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. The ears should be check regularly to make sure that are clean.

Irish Wolfhound Shedding

The Irish Wolfhound is an average shedder, and therefore is not well suited to allergy sufferers.