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Irish Wolfhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Irish Wolfhound so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginIreland
Group Hunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Irish Wolfhound have? The dog breed also known as...
Cú Faoil
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Irish Wolfhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1897 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Irish Wolfhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Rough-haired Sighthounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Irish Wolfhound breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubIrish Wolfhound Club Of America
Price
How much does the Irish Wolfhound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Irish Wolfhound price:
$1800-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Irish Wolfhound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Irish Wolfhound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Irish Wolfhound gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Irish Wolfhound size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Irish Wolfhound weigh? Irish Wolfhound weight:
90-150 pounds (40-69 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Irish Wolfhound? Irish Wolfhound average weight:
120 pounds (54.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Irish Wolfhound? Irish Wolfhound height:
28-35 inches (71-90 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Irish Wolfhound average height:
31.5 inches (80.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Irish Wolfhound have? What does this canine coat look like?
WiryRough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Irish Wolfhound's coat?
CreamRedWheatenBlue GraySilverWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Irish Wolfhound and how often?
Average: The Irish Wolfhound requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Irish Wolfhound, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Irish Wolfhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cú Faoil? Irish Wolfhound shedding level:
Irish Wolfhounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Irish Wolfhound have? What characteristics does the breed have?
DignifiedLoyalSweetTemperedIntelligentGenerousPatientThoughtful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Irish Wolfhound? Are they intelligent?
Average: Irish Wolfhound's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Irish Wolfhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Irish Wolfhounds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Irish Wolfhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Irish Wolfhound sensitivity:
Irish Wolfhounds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Irish Wolfhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cú Faoil need? Irish Wolfhound social needs:
Irish Wolfhounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Irish Wolfhound dogs bark a lot? Why does my Cú Faoil bark?
Low to Average: The Irish Wolfhound rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Irish Wolfhound good as a watchdog?
Irish Wolfhounds are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Irish Wolfhound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Irish Wolfhounds can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Irish Wolfhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cú Faoil? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Irish Wolfhound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Irish Wolfhound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Irish Wolfhound do?
Irish Wolfhounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Irish Wolfhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Irish Wolfhound to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Irish Wolfhound roam?
Irish Wolfhounds have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Irish Wolfhound have high prey drive?
Irish Wolfhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Irish Wolfhound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Irish Wolfhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Irish Wolfhounds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Irish Wolfhounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Irish Wolfhound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Irish Wolfhounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Irish Wolfhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Irish Wolfhound and children:
Irish Wolfhounds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Irish Wolfhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Irish Wolfhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Irish Wolfhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Irish Wolfhound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Irish Wolfhounds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Irish Wolfhound can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Irish Wolfhounds good office dogs? Do Irish Wolfhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Irish Wolfhounds be ofiice dogs?
No
Irish Wolfhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Irish Wolfhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cú Faoil temperament with senior people? Are Irish Wolfhound dogs good for elderly owners?
Irish Wolfhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Irish Wolfhound dogs get along with other pets? Are Irish Wolfhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Irish Wolfhounds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Irish Wolfhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Irish Wolfhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Irish Wolfhound be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Irish Wolfhound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Irish Wolfhound be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Irish Wolfhound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Irish Wolfhound be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Irish Wolfhound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Irish Wolfhound be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Irish Wolfhound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Irish Wolfhound be a boat dog?
Not really
Irish Wolfhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Irish Wolfhound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Irish Wolfhound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Irish Wolfhound dogs have health problems?
Very healthy dog breed. The Irish Wolfhound rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Irish Wolfhound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Irish Wolfhound breed? Health risks of Irish Wolfhound:
BloatDilated CardiomyopathyDrug SensitivityElbow DysplasiaFibrocartilaginous Embolic Myelopathy Hip DysplasiaLiver ShuntOsteochondrosis DissecansOsteosarcomaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Irish Wolfhound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Irish Wolfhound be?
6-10 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Irish Wolfhound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Irish Wolfhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Irish Wolfhound have?
Irish Wolfhounds have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Irish Wolfhound dogs require per day?
Irish Wolfhounds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Irish Wolfhounds like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Irish Wolfhound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Irish Wolfhound risk for obesity:
Average. The Irish Wolfhound has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Irish Wolfhound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Irish Wolfhound can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Irish Wolfhound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Irish Wolfhound drool?
The Irish Wolfhound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Irish Wolfhound could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Irish Wolfhound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Irish Wolfhound puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Irish Wolfhound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Irish Wolfhound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Irish Wolfhound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-4 puppies

Pros & Cons of Irish Wolfhound

Pros
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Drooling tendency: The Irish Wolfhound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Irish Wolfhounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Irish Wolfhounds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Irish Wolfhounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Irish Wolfhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Irish Wolfhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Irish Wolfhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Irish Wolfhounds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Office Friendly: Irish Wolfhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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