Dog Breeds - Irish Wolfhound

Breed :    Hounds
Weight:    Male: 120; Female: 105 lbs
Height:    Male: 32; Female: 30 inches
Color(s):    gray, brindle, red, black, white, or fawn

Irish Wolfhound Breed Information:
The Irish Wolfhound, even tempered, tolerant and brainy, is a breed of domestic purpose used for wolf hunting (as the name suggests). Irish Wolfhounds are the tallest of dog breeds and hence should never be left unattended with a child. People are usually afraid of Irish Wolfhound due to its size but it in reality is a very loving and mellow breed who normally welcomes friend and foe alike, i.e in a very friendly manner. And hence this is deemed unsuitable for guarding purposes. The Irish Wolfhound is not a very intelligent breed but has fondness for learning and is thus easy to train. This breed makes a friendly companion because of its loving, well behaved and adorable nature and is also devoted and dignified. He at once becomes friendly with his family and will become friendly with other animals if they are properly groomed. The Irish Wolfhound do not shed much hair, however, brushing and combing is an absolute necessity along with the cleaning of beard. Moreover, professional plucking of the coat may need to be done in order to remove dead hair. It is a sighthound and hence has the habit to chase because of which it should never be left untied in an open area. Because the breed loves to run about, it should be placed in a large ground with fences on all sights. Moreover, the dog enjoys long walks with his family.

Irish Wolfhound Health and Diseases:
Irish Wolfhounds have a short lifespan of about 6 to 8 years, just like other large dog breeds. The diseases affiliated with Irish Wolfhound include:
•    Dilated cardiomyopathy
•    Bone Cancer
•    Gastric torsion
•    Intrahepatic portosystemic shunt