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Standard Irish Wolfhound Characteristics
About the Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound was originally used in Ireland as a wolf hunting dog in the 1800s after being recreated when on the verge on extinction.
Today, the Irish Wolfhound is used as a companion and guard dog.
The size of an Irish Wolfhound may seem intimidating, but the personality of this breed is anything but intimidating. They are sweet, kind, loving dogs that are outstanding with children. They are completely loyal to their family and are offer very kind receptions to strangers. Like any child that grows quickly, the Wolfhound tends to be clumsy while in the puppy stage.
The Irish Wolfhound is one of the world’s tallest dogs. Averaging 32-34 inches tall for males and 30-32 inches tall for females, this dog catches the attention of others when out and about. Their height comes from their long, straight, muscular legs and large, round paws. They have a very rough, heavy topcoat that appears to be scraggly. They have gigantic head, long muzzle, and small ears. Their tail hangs down with a small curve at the end. Though there are many color variations, the most common ones are gray, brindle, black, white or red.
As with all big dogs, the Irish Wolfhound is very prone to hip and elbow dysplasia as well as bloat, and heart conditions.
The Irish Wolfhound is an excellent dog for a family though its calm, gentle nature does not make it the best guard dog. They are easily trained and love praise. They are best kept in large homes with large yards to run and play in.
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