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Irish Wolfhound Dog Breed Puppy Ads
AKA: Irish Wolfdog, Irish Hound
Breed Group: Hound Group Height Male: 28-35 inches (71-90 cm.)
Breed Size: Giant Height Female: 28-35 inches (71-90 cm.)
Breed Origin: Ireland Weight: 90-150 pounds (40-69 kg.)
Appearance
The Irish Wolfhound is a giant sized dog, one of the tallest breeds in the world, reaching the size of a small pony. The largest and tallest of the galloping Hounds, in general type he is rough-coated, Greyhound-like breed; very muscular, strong though gracefully built; movements easy and active; head and neck carried high. the tail carried with an upward sweep with a slight curve towards the extremity. The minimum height and weight for of dogs should be 32 inches and 120 pounds; of bitches 30 inches and 105 pounds; these apply to Hounds over 18 months of age. Anything below this should be barred from competition. Great size, including height at the shoulder and proportionate length of body is the desideratum to be aimed at, and it desired to firmly establish a race that shall average from 32 to 34 inches in dogs, showing the requisite power, activity, courage and symmetry.
 

Temperament
Irish Wolfhounds are quiet by nature, but their very size combined with some barking will discourage potential intruders. While they will endeavour to protect their owners from a physical threat, anyone seeking a vicious guard dog to snarl at strangers should look for another breed. He is excellent with children and generally good with other dogs.

The Irish Wolfhound is among the gentlest of breeds. A very social dog, he thrives on human companionship and should not be left alone for extended periods. Known as the "Gentle Giant". His combination of power and swiftness with keen sight makes him good at lure coursing.

 
History
The actual origin of the Irish Wolfhound is shrouded in myth and legend. What is known is that "wolfe dogges" of great size and strength can be found in literature and artwork that predate Christianity. In the earlest times, the dogs were called "cu" meaning Irish hound or wolf dog, and they were only owned by royalty or nobility. They served their masters in war, as guard dogs, as hunters of the Irish Elk and wolf, and were often gifted to royalty of other countries. After the disappearance of the elk, the number of Irish hounds began to decline until their export outside of Ireland was banned by Oliver Cromwell in 1652.
 
Health
There are a few health issues found in some Irish Wolfhounds. Bloat & torsion which are common in most giant breeds. Other illnesses such as Liver, bone cancer ,vWD, OCD, PRA, HD & cataracts are rarely found in the Irish Wolfhound. Whilst still growing the joints of the Irish Wolfhound can be susceptible to damage, which is why it is important not to provide exercise that it too strenuous. The Irish Wolfhound, like most large breeds, tends to have a shorter life span than smaller breeds. Naturally, there are some exceptions. Irish Wolfhounds can be susceptible to a quick onset of pneumonia, owners should take care to have them seen by a licensed veterinarian at the first sound of coughing or lethargy. The parents of the Irish Wolfhound puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.
 
 
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Irish Wolfhound


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Guard Dog? 2
Watch Dog? 2
Exercise Needed? 1
Grooming? 3
Energy Level? 1
Shedding? 3
Ease to Train? 3
Good with children? 5
 
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