The Irish Wolfhound is domestic breed of dog that has a big size and a commanding appearance. It has a muscular and hound-like shape and is the tallest of all dogs, although not the heaviest.
The Irish Wolfhound has superb athletic abilities and can endure running for a long time.
Irish Wolfhound History
The breed is quite old with some suggestions that it came to Ireland around 7000 BC. The breed is even mentioned in Irish laws and literature from as early as the 5th century. The earliest reference of the Irish Wolfhound can be traced to Roman records as far back as 391 AD. These dogs used to hunt with their masters, fought battles with them, guarded their property and played with the children just like a trusted friend would do. The name originated from its being a wolf hunter. Traditionally they would often be given out as royal gifts.
Irish Wolfhound Height/ size/ weight
If it stands on its hind feet, the dog can reach 213 centimeters (7 feet) in height. Its average height ranges from 71-90 cm (27 to 35 inches) with the females being slightly shorter. Males can weigh from 45 to 55 kilos (99-120 pounds), and females from 40 to 50 kilos (88-110 pounds).
Irish Wolfhound Coat and Color
The coat is rough and hard on body, legs and head. It is wiry and long over the yes. The main recognized colors are black, grey red, fawn, pure white, brindle and grey – which is the most common color.
Irish Wolfhound Temperament
Irish Wolfhounds are known to have varied personalities and most notably are quite individualistic. They are introverted and reserved in character but extremely intelligent. By nature they are quiet and easy going and can form strong bonds with the families they live with. The Irish wolfhound is said to be gentle when stroked but quite fierce when provoked.
Irish Wolfhound Characteristics
The Irish Wolfhound is the perfect dog for those who are looking for characteristics such as loyalty, devotion, patience and affection in a dog. The dog will display its fearless nature and do anything to protect a family member in case of danger. Due to their strong bonding capability, they often tend to be destructive when left alone for a long period of time. They are easy dogs to train because they respond well to gentle, consistent and firm guidance.
Irish Wolfhound Health
The average lifespan of an Irish Wolfhound is seven years. They are prone to bone cancer, gastric torsion and dilated cardiomyopathy. Proper dog food is enough to maintain their health and supplements are not necessary. The amount of food given should depend on the dog’s size, build, metabolism, age and it’s activity level. More active dogs should naturally eat more than the less active ones.