Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

An overview of Irish Wolfhounds.

Life Expectancy
typically 8+ years
Short length with moderate shedding

How to pronounce Irish Wolfhound: ai·ruhsh wulf·hownd 

Irish Wolfhounds are giant, moderately active Sighthound dogs. With roots in Ireland as hunting and war dogs, the Irish Wolfhound breed is one of the world’s largest.  

Irish Wolfhounds’ medium-length coats are wiry and rough. They’re usually grey, black, white, or fawn, but can be any colour.  

Many pup behaviours come naturally to all dogs. Whether that’s a desire to dig or a love of lazing, these can be influenced by different factors like genetics or personal experience.  

We’re bringing you the important facts and considerations about Irish Wolfhounds. Could you become an Irish Wolfhound parent and give one a forever home?

Caring for Irish Wolfhounds 

Everything you need to know about looking after an Irish Wolfhounds.

Health issues

It’s important before becoming an Irish Wolfhound parent to consider any possible health issues. Not every dog suffers from them, but it’s good to be prepared.

Speak to your vet to find out which conditions your...

How much food does an Irish Wolfhound need?

There’s no set amount for how much food your Irish Wolfhound needs. This depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight

The information on dog food pac...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does an Irish Wolfhound need?

Irish Wolfhounds are usually moderately active dogs who need regular exercise and stimulation to keep them physically and mentally healthy.

They need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, ...

How much grooming does an Irish Wolfhound need?

Irish Wolfhounds shed moderately. To ease your dog into handling and grooming, introduce it step by step and in a positive way. Your dog feeling relaxed and confident will make grooming more enjoyable for everyone inv...

What size crate do you need for an Irish Wolfhound?

When in their crate, your dog should be able to comfortably:

  • stand up at their full height
  • turn around without touching the sides
  • lie down and stretch out
  • wag their tail


Irish Wolfhound behaviour and training

Although you may have ideas about what Irish Wolfhounds are like, it’s important to remember that every dog is different. 

What’s the temperament of an Irish Wolfhound?

Each dog has their own personality and individual experiences of the world. So, each dog has their own temperament. 

Two Irish Wolfhounds, for example, may have very different ways of reacting to certain si...

Are Irish Wolfhounds easy to train?

You really can teach any dog new tricks. The key is positive learning. Find out what gets your dog’s tail wagging with excitement. Snacks or toys are popular choices, or even lots of praise. Whatever it is, you can us...

Are Irish Wolfhounds good with children?

While every dog is different, there are some universal ways to behave safely and respectfully around them. 

This is an important skill for the whole family – children and adults. Why not

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