Irish Wolfhound Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound



The Irish Wolfhound is pretty calm, patient and intelligent dog. As a rule, he is great with people but cannot be left unattended with infants and young children. Easygoing, sweet and with good manners, the Irish Wolfhound is an excellent pet and a good companion. He is naturally quiet and truly attached to all members of the family. This dog also gets along peacefully with other dogs, even cats, especially if properly socialized. Irish Wolfhounds are extremely fast runners. The Irish Wolfhound was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1897.

Height: 31-36 inches  Weight: 100-120 pounds  Lifespan: 6-8 years


The large size of the Irish Wolfhound can be somewhat intimidating, but essentially, this is a very gentle and affectionate dog. For this particular reason, the Irish Wolfhound is not very popular as a watchdog. And even though the level of intelligence this breed is usually not too high, this shortcoming is easily offset by its desire to learn and to please its master. Comparable Breed: Borzoi, Scottish Deerhound.


The Irish Wolfhound is as tall as it is gentle. The Irish Wolfhound is a very robust, calm and loyal dog. Regardless of his immense size, he is a true family dog, who has a great deal of patience with children. He loves to be around his pack and should not be banished to the garden all day. The Irish Wolfhound has something of a lovable monster, is affectionate and intelligent. Perhaps it is his intelligence or his independent nature that makes him think for the first time whether he should fulfill the wishes of his owner. Blind Obedience as with a Schutzhund you can not demand the Irish Wolfhound. Since his attention wears off quickly, one should keep the training exercises rather short in time. Nevertheless, it is very important that the puppies of this large breed of dog hear early on clear commands, learn a good socialization and show manners.

History / Origin:

It is believed that the Romans brought him to Ireland. A description of these almost 36 inches, rough-haired dogs can be found in ancient Roman records. The Irish Wolfhound surrounded many legends and legends, and he is already about 7000 years BC. Existed in Ireland, England and Wales. He was in the 15th century. the dog of the high nobility and had due to his strength and his courage the task of protecting the peasant herds from the wolves. He also accompanied his owners in the bear hunt. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Irish Wolfhound enjoyed the greatest esteem in the courts of medieval Ireland. When the number of wolves at some point very much shrank, the existence of the big dog was in danger. Fortunately, Captain Graham took on the conservation of this particular breed of dog. He crossed the remaining representatives of the Irish Wolfhound among others with Deerhounds (Scottish deer dogs), Borzoi (Russian greyhounds) and Great Danes. The result of these crosses was the Irish Wolfhound in its present form.

Coat / Care:

The Irish Wolfhound’s coat is of medium length, tough and rough to the touch. The hair around the eyes and on the muzzle is somewhat longer and has a wiry structure. This breed sheds moderately. It is very important to regularly clean and combs the dog by using a rubber glove. In order to keep the coat healthy and beautiful looking, occasional professional trimming is a must. In addition, the Irish Wolfhound’s beard needs special care.

Health Problems:

The Irish Wolfhound is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (Bloat), Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Fibrocartilaginous Embolic Myelopathy, Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD), Osteosarcoma, Anesthesia Sensitivity, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Liver Shunt and Heart Disease. The Irish Wolfhound has a life expectancy of 6 to 8 years.

Weight / Height

The male Irish Wolfhound dog breed’s height is around 32 – 36 inches and weighs around 110 and 120 pounds. Female Irish Wolfhound dogs can reach a size from 30 – 34 inches and weighs between 100 and 105 pounds. Male dogs are generally larger than females.


The Irish Wolfhound is an apt student who grasps all that you are trying to teach him. Education should be regular, persistent and, at the same time very tender. Obedience training should be carried out at a young age, as this large and strong dog may be tough to handle later on.


It is best if this colossal dog is kept in a spacious yard. Since the Irish Wolfhound has a very strong prey drive, he can act unpredictably; therefore, he cannot be trusted without a leash. This dog loves to run around and enjoys long walks with his master.

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