Breed of the Month: Irish Wolfhound

Rather than from its appearance, the Irish Wolfhound’s name originates from its purpose – wolf hunting with dogs. The breed originated in Ireland and was used for hunting wolves and Irish elk. The Irish Wolfhound is an ancient breed, mentioned as long ago as 391 A.D. in Rome. This gentle and quiet breed is classified as a sighthound and is considered a giant breed. The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all dog breeds and can stand as tall as 7 feet on its hind legs.  If you are looking for a loving best friend, the Irish Wolfhound is your dog. Not only an amazing companion, but the Irish Wolfhound is loyal, smart and calm. Known to be amazing with children, they remain gentle even when playing.


  • Male: 120-155 lbs.
  • Female: 105-135 lbs.


  • Male: 32 in. – 35 in.
  • Female: 30 in. – 32 in.


  • Small ears
  • Long head muzzle and neck
  • Wide and deep chest
  • Long muscular legs
  • Coat colours include: grey, brindle, red, black, white and fawn


  • Exercise requirements: Needs at least 1 daily long walk or jog – over 40 mins a day
  • Exercise is EXTREMELY important for the well-being of an Irish Wolfhound
  • Lifespan: 6-9 years
  • Energy Level: Laid back
  • Drool Level: Low
  • Bark Level: Low
  • Grooming needs: Moderate
  • Intelligence: High
  • Child Friendly: High
  • Cat/Dog Friendly: High

Common Health Problems:

  • Bloat
  • Heart conditions
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)