Breed Organization Irish Wolfhound Club of America Website:
http://www.iwclubofamerica.org Native Country Ireland Other Names Wolfhound, Irish Hound, Irish Wolfdog, Irish Wolfhound, Cu Faoil Life Expectancy Approximately 6-8 Years Litter Size Average 3-4 Puppies Breed Group AKC Hound
Breed Appearance The Irish Wolfhound is one of the largest and
is the tallest of dogs in the world. By the age of six months they
can weigh as much as ninety pounds and do not reach maturity until
twenty to twenty-four months. They have a deep chest, straggly
looking fur, and similar in shape to the greyhound. They have a long
tail, almost reaching the ground. The Irish Wolfhound has large
feet, and a double coat that may be gray, brindle, red, black, white
or fawn. Despite their great size, they are very gentle in nature.
They are excellent with children, and acknowledge that they are
protectors of the family. Known as the gentle giant, they are a
perfect gentleman who shows no signs of aggression to their family.
Irish Wolfhounds are willing to please their owners and make a good
family dog for those who have adequate space and a lifestyle to feed
them, as they are rather expensive to look after. Irish Wolfhounds
are calm, loving and affectionate. They are very loyal and
Breed Description Head: Long. Skull not too wide. Long,
moderately pointed muzzle. Ears: Small, carried like those of the Greyhound. Eyes: Dark. Body: Powerful, elongated. Neck fairly long, very strong and
muscular, well-arched, without dewlap. Wide, very deep chest. Arched
loin. Pronounced tuck-up. Fairly long back. Tail: Long, slightly curved, moderately thick and
well-furnished with hair. Hair: Harsh and rough on the body, legs and head. Especially
hard and long above the eyes and below the jaw. Coat: Grey, brindle, chestnut, black, pure white or any other
color appearing in the Deerhound. Size: Dog: at least 79 cm (31 in) (preferably 81 to 86 cm)
(32-34 in).Bitch: at least 71 cm (28 in). Weight: Dog: at least 54 kg (119 lb).Bitch: at least 40,5 kg
History The Irish Wolfhound, the world’s largest
sighthound, may be descended from dogs brought to Ireland by the
Celts or from an old breed indigenous to Ireland. Some believe it is
the product of crossing Irish sheepdogs with Arabian Greyhounds.
Others believe the Deerhound was used in creating the breed,
developed to hunt and kill wolf. The Irish Wolfhound nearly went
extinct around 1800, at the same time as the wolf. In 1860, Captain
G. Graham decided to revive the breed by crossing the last specimens
with the Deerhound and perhaps the Great Dane, the Borzoi and other
breeds. The Irish Wolfhound was recognized by the Kennel Club in
Behavior This very bold dog with incredible stamina and
strength may be gentle when petted but can be ferocious when
provoked. He hunts wolf and wild boar and also makes an effective,
dissuasive watchdog. He should not be trained as a defence and
attack dog, since he could be very dangerous. Calm and gentle with
children, he is very attached to his owner. Firm training is
necessary to keep him under control.
Health Dilated cardiomyopathy and bone cancer are the
leading cause of death and like all deep-chested dogs, gastric
torsion (bloat) is common; the breed is affected by hereditary
intrahepatic portosystemic shunt.
Advice He should not live in the city. He needs to run
often in wide open spaces. He must be brushed weekly.