Irish Wolfhound

Group 4: Hounds
Height: Minimum
Male: 79 cm
Female: 71 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate to low
Original Function: Hunting
Lifespan: 8 – 10 yrs

Recommended for: Active people & families.

Irish Wolfhound

About This Breed

The Irish Wolfhound was the most valued and sought after hunting dog of the early centuries, not only because of his hunting prowess but because he was an exceptional guardian and companion. When hunting game such as stages, boars, elk and wolves, the Irish Wolfhound hunted by sight rather than scent. This characteristic led to the designation gazehound or sighthound.

The wolfhound was greatly valued in areas where wolves were a problem, however with the decrease in the number of wolves, need for these huge hounds got to the point where they were almost extinct. Fortunately the breed was resuscitated and their potential for rescue work was found.

Although they were the killer of wolves this dog is gentle, loyal and very affectionate. It is good around children and can live happily with a family.

General Characteristics

Appearance: The Irish Wolfhound should not be quite so heavy or massive as the Great Dane, but more so than the Deerhound, which in general type he should otherwise resemble. Of great size and commanding appearance, very muscular, strongly though gracefully built, movement easy and active, head and neck carried high; the tail carried with an upward sweep with a slight curve towards the extremity.

Temperament: Calm, Gentle, “Lambs at home, lions on the chase”.

Colour: Brindle, Red, Black, White, Fawn, & Wheaten or Grey.

Coat: Harsh, rough & shaggy.

Grooming: There wiry coat needs to be combed regularly to avoid it becoming matted. It can be trimmed to keep it neat. Bath when needed.

Exercise: they need regular exercise to keep them fit, they can be on the lazy side if allowed to be.

Health: This breed some can suffer from hip dysplasia and heart disease.