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Irish Wolfhound

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #69
Name Irish Wolfhound
Other names Cú Faoil
Origin Belgium Ireland
Breed Group Hound (AKC:1897)Sighthounds and Pariahs (UKC)
Size Giant
Type Purebred
Life span 6-10 years
Temperament DignifiedGenerousLoyalPatientSweet-TemperedThoughtfulIntelligent
Height 28 - 35 inches (71 - 90 cm)
Weight 90 - 150 pounds (40 - 69 kg)
Colors BlackBlueCreamGrayRedSilverWheatenWhite
Litter Size 3-4 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1800 - $2000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 4 stars
Apartment Friendly 2 stars
Barking Tendencies 2 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also friendly toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Exercise Needs 3 stars
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 5 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 4 starsRanking: #41
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 4 starsModerately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Molly
02 Hunter Roxy
03 Bear Sugar
04 Tank Ella
05 Oliver Sasha
06 Jake Lulu
07 Luke Belle
08 Samson Winnie
09 Oscar Nala
10 Gizmo Allie

The tallest of the sighthounds, the Irish wolfhound resembles a rough-coated greyhound, although of more powerful build. Great size is especially valued in the breed. This combination of speed, power and size enables the Irish wolfhound to run down and overpower large prey. Despite its size, the breed should be gracefully built, its gait easy and active, and its head held proudly. The rough coat, which provides protection against the cold and damp, as well as its opponents' teeth, is especially wiry and long over the eyes and under the jaw.

Aptly known as the gentle giant, the Irish wolfhound is a soft-natured, easygoing breed. It is calm around the house, sensitive, patient, easygoing and sweet. Despite its great size, it is good with children, pets and other dogs. It is reserved with strangers and courageous when the need arises.

The Irish Wolfhound's name originates from is use as a wolf hunter, and not from its appearance. This is a very old breed with Roman records dating as far back as 391 AD. They were used in wars, and for guarding herds and property and for hunting Irish elk, deer, boar and wolves. They were held in such high esteem that battles were fought over them. Irish Wolfhounds were often given as royal presents. Boar and wolf became extinct in Ireland and as a result the Irish Wolfhound declined in population. A British army officer by the name of Captain George Graham bred them in the second half of the 19th century. The breed was restored by the introduction of Great Dane and Deerhound blood. The Irish Wolfhound Club was founded in 1885 and it was recognized by the AKC in 1897. In 1902 a hound was first presented to the Irish Guards as a mascot. It was recognized by the Kennel Club as a sporting breed in 1925. The Irish Wolfhound Society was founded in 1981.
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