Irish Wolfhound

Dog Description

The Irish Wolfhound is one of the largest and tallest of dogs in the world. By the age of six months he can weigh as much as ninety pound and he does not reach maturity until twenty to twenty-four months. Dispute his great size he is the most gentle in nature. Known as the gentle giant, he is a perfect gentleman who shows no signs of aggression. Willing to please his owners he makes a good family dog for those who have adequate space and a lifestyle to feed him as he is rather expensive to look after.

Dog Size:
32
Female Height:
28 - 35 inches
Male Weight
90 - 120 lbs
Female Weight:
90 - 120 lbs
Colours:
Gray, steel gray, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn or wheaten
Dog Coat Type:
Rough and harsh
Temperament:
Gentle, friendly, intelligent
With Children:
Yes, wonderful around children
With Pets:
Yes
Special Skills:
Hunting dog and family pet
Watchdog:
Medium
Guarddog:
Medium
Care Info:
Regular grooming is required of his hard, wiry coat or it will become matted. Comb daily. Trim around the eye and ears with blunt scissors. Does not require as much exercise as one would think for his great size, but he does need daily walks or runs or he will be inclined to be lazy. Rearing of young Wolfhound puppies is critical because of their rapid growth rate.
Training Info:
Do not take them on long walks as they can damage their joints
Activity:
Medium
Learning Rate:
Medium
Living Environment Info:
Recommended that you have a large house and fenced big backyard
Health Issues Info:
Heart problems, hip dysplasia, cancers such as lymphoma, bone and kidney disease
Life Span:
8 - 10 Years
Litter Size:
3 - 4
Origin:
Ireland
History Info:
Irish history has many references to the Wolfhound. It is said that the Celts took their hounds to Ireland around 1500 B.C. Known then as the "Cu" his name used to imply bravery and many warriors would prefixed their own names with the word. Other names he has been called by are the Irish Hound and Irish Wolfdog. Currently in Ireland he is called the Cu Faoil. He was used in battle to pull men off of horseback and at times to hunt wolves. The breed was almost lost in 1845 when a famine nearly destroyed them. It is said that a British officer by the name of Captain Graham set out to revive the breed
Role:
hound

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