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Dogs – The Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is a sighthound breed from Ireland and is used to pursue game by sight and speed.  The breed specializes in the protection against and in the hunting of wolves.  It is a rough-coated, Greyhound-like breed, very muscular, strong and graceful.  Color range:  grey, brindle, red, black, white, fawn and wheaten.

AKC specifications are a minimum height of 32 inches for males and 30″ for females.  Minimum weight is 120 pounds for males and 105 pounds for females.  When standing on their hind legs, they can be 7 feet tall.

Quiet by nature, Irish Wolfhounds are introverted, intelligent and reserved.  They create a strong bond with their family and should not be left alone for long periods of time or they will become sad and possibly even destructive.  As attached as they become to their owners and other dogs in the household, they tend to not be very adaptable.  They are unreliable as watchdogs and can be friendly toward strangers…they are guardians rather than watchdogs.  When they or their family is threatened, they are fearless.

As with many large dogs, their lifespan is fairly short at 6-10 years.

Photo Credit:  Pixabay (Irish Wolfhound shown next to a small-breed dog)

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  1. The Irish Wolfhound is a gentle dog who usually gets along well with everyone. With early socialization and training, he’ll be gracious toward other dogs and forbearing of indoor cats. … Irish Wolfhounds do not make good guard dogs although their size can be a deterrent to a would-be intruder.


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