Irish Wolfhound Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Irish Wolfdog, Irish Hound
  • Size:Giant
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Medium
  • Shedding:Low/Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walk
  • Energy Level:Low
  • Protection:Low, however size can deter
  • Good with Children:Yes
  • Health Clearances:CERF, OFA, EKG, vWD
  • Weight:Male: 120; Female: 105 lbs
  • Height:Male: 32; Female: 30 inches
  • Coat Colour:Gray, brindle, red, black, white, or fawn

Irish Wolfhound Coat

The Irish Wolfhound is a large breed with a medium length coat. The coat should always be rough and hard on the body, legs and top of the head. The hair around the eyes and muzzle should be wiry and slightly longer.

Irish Wolfhound Character

The Irish Wolfhound can be somewhat intimidating because of his size, but is very affectionate and gentle and usually greets everyone as a friend. This breed does not make a good guard or watchdog. The Irish Wolfhound has average intelligence, but is eager to learn and can prove easy to train.

Irish Wolfhound Temperament

Affectionate, sweet natured, and well mannered, this breed makes a great companion. The Irish Wolfhound is very loyal and dignified. He quickly bonds with his family and does very well with other dogs and cats if he is properly socialized around them.

Irish Wolfhound Care

Brushing and combing this dog regularly is a must. The Irish Wolfhound is an average shedder and the coat responds well to rubber brushing. Professional plucking of the coat may be necessary to remove dead hair. The beard of this breed must be cleaned regularly.

Irish Wolfhound Activity

A large yard is best for this giant breed. This is a sighthound giving him the tendency to chase, so he should never be let off lead unless in a fenced in area. This dog enjoys long walks with his family and a nice chase.

Irish Wolfhound Health and Life Expectancy

There are a number of health problems to look out for with the Irish Wolfhound. This includes bloat, liver problems, heart problems, bone cancer, sensitivity to chemicals and drugs, vWD, OCD, PRA, HD, and cataracts. Whilst still growing the joints of the Irish Wolfhound can be susceptible to damage, which is why it is important not to provide exercise that it too strenuous. The life expectancy of the Irish Wolfhound, as with many other larger breeds, is relatively short at 6-8 years. The parents of the Irish Wolfhound puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.