Irish Wolfhound is a type of sighthound. They are also popularly known as Cú Faoil, which implies to different names like Irish hound, or simply hound, or, wolf dog and war dog, wherein cú refers to a respected prefix used for warriors and kings, which implies to how respectably they were treated in the past. They are known for their huge size and are the tallest of all breeds of dogs.
|Dog Breed||Irish Wolfhound|
|Coat||Harsh and rough; wire|
|Color||Black, white, gray, red|
|Group (of Breed)||Hound|
|Lifespan||5 to 8 years|
|Weight||101 to 154 pounds (45 to 70 kg approx.)|
||Large; 34 to 38 inches (86 to 97 cm approx.)|
|Good with Child||No|
|Litters||3-4 puppies at a time|
|Health Concerns||Major: gastric torsionMinor: CHD, OHD, osteosarcoma, cardiomyopathy|
|Competitive Registration||AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, FCI, DRA, NAPR, ACA, CKC, ANKC, NKC, IWCA, NZKC, APRI, ACR|
The name of these domestic dogs are derived from the purpose of their past wolf-hunting skills, and not for their outward appearance. In the hoary past, they were used by their masters in hunting and guarding purposes. Irish Wolfhound is a very old breed of dog, said to be as old as 7000 BC, the time when they “had been brought to Ireland”.
The historical motto of the Irish wolfhounds describes it as “gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked”. Precisely, this breed of hounds is more than just watchdogs. They are a very intelligent and generous breed of dogs with the virtues of patience, kindness and loyalty to the owner and family. They always try to please and impress their master and greet everyone in a friendly manner. Hence, they get along well with other dogs, and even with other animals. They are easy-going animals but during danger, they show their fearless nature. They tend to guard the individuals rather than guarding just the owner’s house or belongings. They are said to be ‘guardians rather than guard dogs’.
They generally live on foods meant for most other dog breeds. The daily quantity recommended is 4 to 8 cups of healthy and good-quality dry food per day, divided into two meals.
These dogs are ‘born-trained’, or in other words, born with the instinct to guard and protect their master and the whole family. Otherwise, for their intelligence and alertness, Irish wolfhounds are able to pick up tricks easily, and can readily perceive what is asked of them, and are eager to please their owners. However, they do best in a home with a large fenced yard.
Points of Difference
|Height; Weight||34-38 inches; 101-154 pounds||30-32 inches; 85-100 pounds||30-43 inches; 119-198 pounds|
|Coat||Harsh, rough, wire||Harsh, rough, thick||Dense, short|
|Good with Child||No||Yes||No|
|Litter Size||3-4 puppies||8-9 puppies||5-14 puppies|
|Life Expectancy||5-8 years||8-9 years||7-10 years|
For getting a healthy dog, it is advisable never to buy a puppy from any pet store, puppy mill, or an irresponsible breeder. A reputable breeder is always desirable, who tests the breeding dogs in order to make sure they don’t carry any genetic diseases, which might in turn pass on to the baby wolfhounds. It is also important to be sure from the breeders that, the dog to be bought possesses a sound temperament.