The Irish Wolfhound

4 Aug


So the Irish Wolfhoud. The Irish is a sweetheart. My aunt’s favorite dog. They are all gentle loving giants. But like really. Giants. Like I’m talking about a pony. He will be resting his head on your kitchen table. And they eat a lot. And just a word about dogs who eat a lot, you really have to watch how much food they eat. You’re going to have a routine, and a measuring cup, and you’re going to measure out his food. Because they eat A LOT if it depends on them. But other than that, they are lovebugs. They will want to be in your life. Family or love-life, doesn’t matter. He’ll be in it. They don’t do well alone, so some separation anxiety will be present for a while, but he’ll grow out of it. And you will have to put some time aside to exercise with your dog. They need their daily exercise, and not just running around in the yard. You will have long, long walks, with a backpack full of large plastic bags. Large.

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The Irish Wolfhound is a large sight hound with a high prey drive. So don’t ever let him off leash. They will chase cars, bikes, dogs, butterflies, so if he manages to get away, good luck catching him. Just to be sure, take a lasso with you when you go walking.
They are very very fast, and were bred to be persistent runners. A high France around your yard is crucial.


Mostly because of their size, you should start training as soon as possible. They are relatively fast learners, many of them do well in the obedience ring and agility ring too.

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Some are great with other animals, some are not, this mostly depends on the dog and it’s owner. The Irish Wolfhound is a kind of bread, that comes in all shapes and sizes when it comes to their personality. You can’t really know what your getting form reading this blog, but the good news is, that their personalities will show from the start. If the dog they will be living with or will be around a lot, it’s important that that dog’s temper is the same. They behave very well next to children who don’t provoke them, and are well behaved and calm. Younger children should be supervised, for the dog could accidentally punch them over.

The Irish Wolfhound is a really calm dog, but they need a strong-nerved, dominant owner, who is definitely the alpha dog. To be the alpha dog doesn’t mean to yell and to make the dog scared of you. It just means, that the lines you draw will not be crossed by the dog. Children and women are not alphas because they’re highly emotional. You need strong instinct and willpower to be the alpha in your home. And I’m not saying that women can’t be like that. It just needs practice.
They also should be supervised because they don’t know their own strength and size. They will want to jump on you, so you need to teach them not to do that at a very young age. And this will be hard, because when they’re small and cute, people will encourage that behavior, and you have to be the bad guy that doesn’t let him.

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They’re not bred to be watchdogs, because they’re really independent and unreliable, they may or may not bark at intruders, you can’t really know, but their size and deep bark does the trick most of the time. They’re often aloof with strangers, they are very gentle when treated with love, but can turn very aggressive when provoked. As I mentioned, they are very independent, so if someone stands in their way, it takes the alpha dog of the house to stop them. And that should be you.

They do shed a fair amount of hair, but because of their medium coat, they don’t need to be groomed that often, just occasional brushing, about twice a week, to remove loose hair. To avoid shedding, I recommend brushing every day, for the hair you manage to brush off is the hair that does not end up on your couch.

All together the Irish Wolfhound is a sweetheart, who will become a member of the family. They are gentle, loyal, happy and friendly, and they most certainly will climb up on your bed, lie on its back, throw its legs up in the air and snore.

If you have an Irish Wolfound and have any questions or problems, I live in California and work with dogs, so you can send an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I possibly can. If you don’t have an Irish and are thinking of getting one, or have any questions about the breed, I’m here to help.

Here’s my email:
If you have a dog and it’s sick, or you have questions about symptoms, write to:

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So, I hope you liked my post about the Irish Wolfhound, please leave a comment of what you think, and also about what you though of my first chart ever! 😀

Bye! 🙂


2 Responses to “The Irish Wolfhound”

  1. victoria January 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    how nice post! i loved the last foto

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