Irish Wolfhound

The tallest dog in the world, the Irish Wolfhound is a large, swift animal with a muscular build and graceful movements. With an average height of 30 to 35 inches, these gentle giants are taller than most children! Irish Wolfhounds have a long head, a slightly pointed muzzle, and ears that are held back on the sides of the head. They have an expression of kindness and nobility, which reflects their friendly nature. The Irish Wolfhound tail is long, thick, slightly curved, and covered with hair. Irish Wolfhounds have a hard, coarse coat, yet their fur is wiry and long over the eyes and underneath their jaw. They can have a range of coloring, including gray, black, red, brindle, pure white, or fawn. If you’re looking for Irish Wolfhound puppies for sale, Irish Wolfhound breeders or an Irish Wolfhound rescue, try using our breeder directory by clicking the button below.

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Fast Facts

Hound
6 - 8 years
Ireland
Antiquity
120 lb+
105 lb+
32"+
30"+
Iresh Wolfhownd or Irish Wolf Hound.

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Irish Wolfhound Temperament

The Irish Wolfhound is a friendly, calm, dignified dog that is great with children, strangers, other dogs, and pets!...

They are known for their amiable temperament, but given their size, they should be supervised around small children. Irish Wolfhounds are intelligent and quite attuned to your feelings. They love to meet new people, so they may not be an ideal guard dog. However, seeing this giant animal standing guard will likely deter intruders before they make it inside!. Though this dog is unquestionably a gentle giant, their imposing appearance is likely to make others think twice about approaching; however, this breed is much more likely to give him a lick than a bite.

Caring For a Irish Wolfhound

If you’re thinking about adding an Irish Wolfhound to your family, make sure you have room for this friendly beast!...

Irish Wolfhounds need a large, soft bed to sleep in, and they are not suited to sleeping on hard ground. A yard is also required as this breed needs plenty of room to stretch their legs and move around! Though not a particularly active breed, the Irish Wolfhound still needs exercise every day; a long walk is usually sufficient. A well-exercised Irish Wolfhound will be calm and quiet in the house. In terms of long-term health concerns, gastric torsion and elbow dysplasia are fairly common in this breed. Irish Wolfhounds have also been known to develop canine hip dysplasia, cardiomyopathy, and osteosarcoma.

Irish Wolfhound History

A Brief History of the Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is an ancient breed whose origins are shrouded in mystery and obscured by time....

Experts on the breed believe it was brought to Ireland sometime around 1500 BC, possibly from Greece. Known to the Celtic people as Cu, meaning hound or wolf dog, the Irish Wolfhound is mentioned in Irish laws and literature predating the Christian era. Traditionally, the dog could only be owned by nobility, but by the time the Romans first encountered the Irish Wolfhound in 391 AD, the breed had become more widespread. The Irish Wolfhound was prized by the Irish people for the dog’s ability to take down wolves and enormous Irish elk — which often stood over six feet in height! By the 19th century, the Irish Wolfhound had fallen on hard times. The Irish Elk was long extinct, and wolves had also disappeared from the Emerald Isle during the previous century. The breed’s numbers were further cut down by the Great Famine of 1845, and by the 1860s, the breed had almost gone the way of its former quarry. In 1862, a breeder by the name of Captain George Graham took it upon himself to save the breed. Graham gathered the last remaining Wolfhounds in Ireland and successfully bred them to Scottish Deerhounds, Great Danes, Tibetan Wolfdogs, and other large breeds. Through his efforts, the breed was saved and enjoyed a renaissance as a show breed and companion pet. The Irish Wolfhound was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1897.