The Irish Wolfhound is one of the largest dog breeds in the world. They can reach one meter in height and weigh up to 54kg. Take note - with this breed you will be buying loads of dog food, not only to feed their large body mass, but also as they simply love food! Even though they love their food, for a giant breed, the Irish Wolfhound looks athletic and well proportioned.
Everything is big with this breed, even its personality. Irish Wolfhounds are furry, gentle giants who love to rumble and run. They have a very sensitive side that doesn’t go at all with shouting or roughness. This clever and bright breed prefers a gentle and soft handler that will guide them to do the right thing. They are always friendly and relaxed but do require a great amount of exercise every day.
Irish Wolfhounds are alert and brave. In the past this bravery was needed for hunting wolves. Now that they are kept more as pet dogs, these hunting instincts are still present and they may sometimes feel the need to chase deer and other larger animals.
First time dog owners may not be equipped to control this hunting instinct. Other than that, this giant gentle makes a perfect family dog. Teaching them to walk nicely on lead is a must from puppyhood. Once an adult, it will be hard to control your Wolfhound’s body mass if he decides to pull you down the streets.
|Health risk:||Very high|
|Life expectancy:||6-10 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||very high|