Dog Breed profiles
Irish Wolfhound Breed Profile
Irish Wolfhound fact file
KC Group: Hound
Size: Extra large
Height: Dogs: over 79cm; bitches: over 71cm
Weight: Dogs: over 54.5kg; bitches: over 40.9kg
Average lifespan: 7 years
Good with children?: Seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: Lots
Good guard dogs?: Would bark
Moulting level: Low
Colours: Recognised colours are grey, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn, wheaten, and steel grey
Jogging partner: Yes
- Heart disease.
- Gastric dilatation volvulus (bloat).
- Irish Wolfhounds need space, so a good-sized house with a secure garden is a must.
- A normal-sized family car will not usually be big enough for a Wolfhound.
- A Wolfhound wants to be with his family as much as possible — if left alone for too long, he will get up to mischief.
- This is an energetic breed which, once mature, needs at least an hour’s exercise every day. However it is important not to over-exercise Irish Wolfhound puppies. Allow them lots of rest so their growing bodies are not damaged.
- The breed is good with children but interactions must be supervised, as a Wolfhound could accidentally hurt a child with his huge wagging tail.
- Items left on coffee tables or worktops are not safe with an Irish Wolfhound around.
- Loyal and gentle.
- Irish Wolfhounds love their families but can be aloof with unfamiliar faces.
- Calm and proud.
- Irish Wolfhounds are eager to please and will pick up basic training.
- They are sensitive souls. Never chastise — a firm tone will suffice.
- They are naturally clean dogs and easy to house-train.
- Irish Wolfhounds need a good brushing at least twice a week.
- A comfy bed is a must to support their large joints. They will appreciate a bed that allows them to stretch out.
- Loving and devoted.
- Comfortable with other dogs.
- Short life expectancy.
- Lots of room required.
Did you know?
- The Kennel Club recognised the Irish Wolfhound as a sporting breed in 1925.
- Despite their gentle natures, Irish Wolfhounds are natural hunters and should remain on leads near livestock.