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Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound Dog Breed Information

Breed: Irish Wolfhound
Alphabetically: I
Country of Origin: Ireland
Color: Black, White, Brindle, Fawn, Red, Grey
Life Expectancy: 6 – 8 years
Height: 28 - 35 inches (71 - 90 cm)
Weight: 90 - 150 pounds (40 - 69 kg)
Litter Size: 3 - 13 puppies
Hypoallergenic: No
A massive, muscular dog, the Irish Wolfhound is one of the tallest breeds in the world.

This gentle giant can reach the size of a small pony. Standing on his hind legs the Irish Wolfhound can reach up to 7 feet tall! He has a rough, shaggy coat and wiry bushy eyebrows.

Colors include gray, brindle, red, black or white. Gray is the most common color. The paws are large and round, with markedly arched toes and strong, curved nails. It has a long head with a moderately pointed muzzle and a muscular arched neck. The chest is very deep and it has a well retracted abdomen. The shoulders are strong. The Irish Wolfhound gives the appearance of both strength and grace. The tail hangs down with a slight curve. The ears are carried back against the head except when the animal is excited, when they my prick up part-way.

Temperament: Generous, Sweet-Tempered, Patient, Thoughtful, Dignified, Loyal

Health Problems: Prone to cardiomyopathy, bone cancer, bloat, PRA, Von Willebrands, and hip dysplasia.

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