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Irish Wolfhound

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #732015: #692014: #72
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 starsThe Irish Wolfhound is not recommended for apartment life. It is relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. This is a giant breed that needs some space. It may not fit well in a small or compact car.
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 starsThese giant dogs need lots of space to run, but do not need any more exercise than smaller breeds. They need a daily walk where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead. Never in front. Like many other giant breeds it is important to remember that too much forced, vigorous exercise is not good for a young dog's growth and development, so watch your puppy for any signs, but they still instinctually need a daily walk.
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. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: The double coat sheds moderate amounts year-round but doesn’t go through a heavy annual or biannual shed. A bath is rarely necessary.
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
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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 present-day Irish Wolfhound owes its existence to R.D. Richardson and Captain G.A. Graham who, in the 1840's, helped restore this almost extinct, ancient breed to its former state. The original Irish Wolfhound is thought to be a very ancient breed, being documented as early as 393 A.D. The intelligence, strength and courage of the breed are legendary, and they were valued as guardians, hunters and war dogs. The Irish Wolfhound Club was founded in 1885 and it was recognized by the AKC in 1897.