Level: Moderate - Low
Function: Coursing wolves and elk
Calm, Gentle, "Lambs at home, lions on the chase".
for: Active people & families.
8 - 10 yrs
Min. Dog: 79cm (31')
Bitch: 71cm (28")
Brindle, Red, Black, White, Fawn, & Wheaten
Harsh, rough & shaggy.
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
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.
They Irish were 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 in family life fine.
there wiry coat needs to be combed regularly to avoid it becoming
matted. It can be trimmed to keep it neat. Bath when needed.
they need regular exercise to keep them fit, they can be on the
lazy side if allowed to be.
This breed some can suffer from hip dysplasia and heart disease.
For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition