Get to know the Irish Wolfhound
All you need to know about the breed
It’s appropriate that a breed whose exact origins are lost in the (Irish) mists of time, should look like something out of an ancient legend. With their wiry, coarse coats and slightly whimsical expressions, it’s easy to imagine Irish Wolfhounds of yore bounding across ancient moors or curled up in front of the crackling hearth of a great hall.
But in the real world, modern-day Irish Wolfhounds make a lovely addition to any household with the space to cope with this supersize but sweet-natured dog. These sighthounds (dogs originally bred to hunt prey principally using sight and speed, rather than scent) need space to spread out those long, greyhound-like muscular legs.
While they are not always on high-energy mode – they can be quite content just lolling around close to their people when they’re at home – Irish Wolfhounds do need regular exercise to keep those muscles in good condition. They also benefit from an enclosed garden (the fence needs to be high!) to run around in, free from smaller creatures that might otherwise bear the brunt of that ancient chasing instinct. That said, once trained, they’re usually fine with other animals within their household.
Irish Wolfhounds get on brilliantly with children, under supervision of course, and make a great addition to the family – although you may need a bigger car.
2 facts about Irish Wolfhounds
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Irish Wolfhound