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Irish Wolfhound

General Description

The defining characteristic of the Irish wolfhound is its imposing height; it is the tallest breed of dog. But a good wolfhound is more than just a tall dog. It is a sturdy, yet swift dog, capable of running down and killing large animals. It has a general greyhound build, only larger and stockier

General Health

The Irish Wolfhound dog, which has a lifespan of five to seven years, may suffer from von Willebrand's Disease (vWD), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and megaesophagus. It is also prone to minor health problems like cardiomyopathy, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), osteosarcoma, and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD).

Character and Temperament

Irish wolfhounds have a heart as big as the rest of them. They are gentle, noble, sensitive and easygoing. Despite the fact that they can run at great speed, most of their actions around the house are in decidedly slow motion, and they are definitely not a jump-to-it obedience dog.


Irish Wolfhound often do well eating animal protein sources such as chicken, fish, and eggs. They can eat grains such as pearled barley, oatmeal, and brown rice


20-40 mins a day




The Irish wolfhound is of ancient origins, mentioned as long ago as 391 AD in Rome, where it was famed as a gladiator and courser. One Irish wolfhound named Aibe is indirectly credited with starting a war in the 12th century when his owner refused an offer from the King of Ulster of 4000 cows in trade for him.

In Ireland, these imposing dogs were favoured by Irish chieftains for hunting wolves and Irish elk. Such was their bravery that the breed name in Ireland is Cu Faoil; "Cu" means brave.



In the late 1800s, the Irish wolfhound became nearly extinct in Ireland because of the practice of giving away Irish wolfhounds to visiting nobility, the extinction of the wolf in Ireland, and the 1845 Irish famine. Today's Irish wolfhounds are recreated from the last existing wolfhounds crossed with the Scottish deerhound, Great Dane, borzoi, and Tibetan wolfdog. By the late 1800s, the breed was once again thriving, and it has remained one of the most recognized and admired breeds in the world.


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