Monday, August 10, 2015

Dog breed spotlight: Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog breed. The current world record holder of tallest dog is a Great Dane, but taking an average of individuals in a breed, the Irish Wolfhound would win without contest. They are also superb athletes with great stamina, and they can run quickly for long periods of time.

This breed has been around for a long time – the oldest references stem back to Roman records from around 390 AD. Today, many think the name comes from the dogs’ ragged appearance, but they were originally bred to hunt wolves. These versatile dogs would hunt with their humans, fight in battle, guard homes, and play with the children.

Irish Wolfhounds are known for being calm, kind, dignified, and courageous. This is not a breed that gets into trouble, but they do have hunting instinct and will give chase. It might be tempting to think a dog this size would make a great guard dog, but except being big they’re much too friendly to work as watch dogs or patrol dogs. A typical Irish Wolfhound will think the best of all people, unless their own humans are physically attacked.

The mere size of the breed can be a challenge for owners – a Wolfhound standing on the hind legs can reach seven feet. The coat doesn’t require much grooming, but dogs this size require lots of room, lots of exercise, and a big car.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. Mom loves these, but since their lifespan is so short, she can't bear to own one.

    1. Same here. I would love to have a really big dog, but they barely have time to grow up. :(

  2. My parents have an Irish Wolfhound and boy, it's magnificent and overly gentle. I love Prince (our dog) and this very courageous dog once saved a kitten from danger by snatching it away from the path of a bicycle! Truly our hero, this breed is awesome and I consider it to be the best one! If you want to learn more of this gentle giant, there's a great resource page that I've stumbled into, look here

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