Irish Wolfhound

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The Irish Wolfhound is a breed of dog that originated in Ireland. As a sighthound (a type of dog that hunts primarily by sight and speed) specializing in protection against and for the hunting of wolves, deer, and boar they were used as a guardian dog. In a modern-day, because of their adaptability, they become ideal family pet companions in the house for small or large size family.

Wolfhound is not suitable to live in an apartment because of their height except if you have plenty of room to roam, and as long as they can get enough exercise in the outdoors. Enough playtime and exercise help them keep fit and healthy. A house with a yard is advisable for them, just make sure you have a tall and strong fence to prevent them from chasing wild animals.

Irish Wolfhound Dog Breed Pictures

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  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Irish Wolfhound
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  • Irish Wolfhound

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Hound Dogs


30 to 32 Inches


105 to 155 Pounds

Life Span

6 to 8 Years

Irish Wolfhound Appearance

Irish Wolfhound has a very muscular, strong though gracefully built, Their coat is rough and hard but a family pet Wolfhound has a softer or longer coat, the hair on their eyes and under the jaw is long and wiry. The common color of their coat is grey, brindle, red, black, white, fawn, or wheaten.

Bathe and groom them as necessary and use the dog shampoo and conditioner for their fur to make it soft, silky, and smell good. Doing this as early as they age will make them feel comfortable in the process and make it easier for you to groom and bath your dog.

Trimming your dog nails once or twice a month will prevent injury in your dogs, long nails can cause arthritis or other health concern in dogs. Short, neatly trimmed nails keep their feet in good condition and it will prevent our dog’s legs and our legs too from getting scratched when they excitedly jump up to greet us.

8 out of 10 dogs at the age of three have a dental problem like plaque and tartar, some have a worse dental problem that can lead to life-threatening and painful infections such as kidneys, heart, and liver infections, by a regular and proper way of brushing your dog’s teeth you can avoid this health problem.

Dog Ear Infections is a common condition in dogs that can affect one or both ears, check their ears at least once to twice a week for redness or a bad odor it is the indication of Ear Infections. To prevent ear infections in dogs always make sure that it is clean, use a dog ear cleaner and gently wipe it using a cotton ball dampened with an ear cleaner to your dog’s ears.


Wolfhound was considered by American Kennel Club to be the tallest of all dog breeds. The female Irish Wolfhound stands at least 76 cm (30 inches) and the male stand at least 81 cm (32 inches), they weight around 48-61 kg (105 to 135 pounds) for females and 54-70 kg (120-155 pounds) for males.

The average height of an Irish Wolfhound should be taller than to a Great Dane. The structure of Wolfhound is similar to Greyhound, with a very broad and deep chest that tucks up so they are not that heavy.

Irish Wolfhound Personality

Irish Wolfhound playing on the snow

Best as a human pet companion Irish Wolfhound loves to be with their family a lot, they are calm, dignified, loyal, and sweet.

Wolfhound is very intelligent, they are easy to train and discipline, harsh words or physical punishment will cause him to shut down so like other dogs a positive way of teaching them is much effective. Early socialization can make them good to other animals in the house, they are also a good playmate to the children as long as we teach the children how to handle the dogs for the safety of the dogs and the children itself.

Irish Wolfhound Health

Irish Wolfhound has an average life span of 6 to 8 years, They are generally healthy, but like other breeds of dogs, they are also prone to some diseases. It’s very important to schedule regular visits with your dog’s vet to keep them healthy.

Not all of them will get any or all of these diseases but the following are the common diseases they can have.

Liver ShuntIt’s an abnormal blood flow between the liver and the body caused by a birth defect called a congenital portosystemic shunt.
Canine Eye InflammationCanine Eye Inflammation may occur with unknown causes or events but it is often connected to many serious health problems. If your dog is suffering from eye inflammation in the outer skin and middle (muscle, connective tissue, and glands) of the eyes it is classified as Blepharitis, and if your dog is suffering from eye inflammation in the iris and ciliary body of the uvea of the eye it is classified as anterior uveitis, this may affect your dog’s vision and needs meditate veterinarian attention.
Anesthesia SensitivitySome dogs are sensitive to anesthesia and some other drugs that can cause a fatal problem to them.
Addison’s DiseaseIt is also known as hypoadrenocorticism, is caused by decreased hormone production from the outer part or cortex of the adrenal gland. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, increased thirst, increased urination, and unplanned weight loss. Intermittent shaking episodes are sometimes seen too.
Periodontal Disease In DogsIt is an inflammation of some or all of a tooth’s deep supporting structures, it happens when food and bacteria build up along the gums and form plaque that when combined with saliva and minerals will transform into calculus or also known as tartar.
Dog bloat or gastric torsion (GDV)The stomach of a dog is filled with gas that causes of twisting of their stomach. If your dog experiencing this they need an immediate visit to the vet.
Hip DysplasiaIt is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.

How much is Irish Wolfhound?

The Irish Wolfhound puppy will cost about $1500 to $2000, it is considered a small price to pay for the tallest and athletic dog. The basic cost of owning a dog range from $109 to $370 per month, it includes the food and treats, grooming, routine veterinary care, preventative medications and supplements, and lots more.

The Basic Costs of Owning a Dog

Type of ExpenseYearly Estimate
Food and Treats$250 to $700
Routine Veterinary Care (healthy dog)$700 to $2,000
Preventative Medications (to prevent heartworms, fleas, ticks, and other parasites) and Supplements (e.g. Vitamins, glucosamine or omega 3s)$200 to $600
Training Classes or Resources$25 to $300
Grooming$30 to $500
Dog Accesories (Toys, Beds, Leashes and Collars, etc.)$100 to $300
Average Monthly Cost of Owning a Dog$109 to $370
Average Yearly Total$1,305 to $4,400

The legit breeder puts a lot of effort into high quality and healthy breeding of dogs. They provide healthy Dog Foods, visit the Vet for check-ups, Vaccinations, Vitamins, and proper Grooming of the dogs. The breeder will coup up all the expenses he/she spent to provide a healthy breed to you so expect a little expensive.

Irish Wolfhound and a blond girl sitting beside each other

Here in ohmlovelypets we encourage aspiring fur parent or current fur parents to Adopt and Don’t Shop. Give those lovely pets the opportunity to feel love, care, and to have their so called furever home.

Note: Taking care of dogs is not easy, you have to be responsible for their life, provide their necessary needs like Visit Vet ones a year for their health check-up, Complete and follow up Vaccinations, Foods, and Vitamins as their maintenance, and the most important is Time to play and cuddle. But in return, you will receive the greatest and unconditional love in the world.

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