Irish Wolfhound

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Breed Group: Hound
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The Irish Wolfhound is generally even tempered, patient, and intelligent. This breed is loyal and good with most people. Due to his size, this breed should not be left with infants unsupervised as he is so large, he could easily knock a child over.
The Irish Wolfhound can be somewhat intimidating because of his size, but is very affectionate and gentle and usually greets everyone as a friend. This breed does not make a good guard or watchdog. The Irish Wolfhound has average intelligence, but is eager to learn and can prove easy to train.
Affectionate, sweet natured, and well mannered, this breed makes a great companion. The Irish Wolfhound is very loyal and dignified. He quickly bonds with his family and does very well with other dogs and cats if he is properly socialized around them.
Brushing and combing this dog regularly is a must. The Irish Wolfhound is an average shedder and the coat responds well to rubber brushing. Professional plucking of the coat may be necessary to remove dead hair. The beard of this breed must be cleaned regularly.
The Irish Wolfhound is a large breed with a medium length coat. The coat should always be rough and hard on the body, legs and top of the head. The hair around the eyes and muzzle should be wiry and slightly longer.
The Irish Wolfhound proves to be a fast learner and will quickly grasp what you want him to do making him very obedient. This breed requires firm but gentle training. He should be taught as a puppy not to pull on the leash at this breed is very powerful and it can prove to be a problem in the future.
A large yard is best for this giant breed. This is a sighthound giving him the tendency to chase, so he should never be let off lead unless in a fenced in area. This dog enjoys long walks with his family and a nice chase.
Male: 120; Female: 105 lbs
Male: 32; Female: 30 inches
gray, brindle, red, black, white, or fawn
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Irish Wolfhound puppies cost?

The cost to buy an Irish Wolfhound varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Irish Wolfhound puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Irish Wolfhounds sold is $1,375.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for an Irish Wolfhound with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,200 upwards to $6,200 or even more for an Irish Wolfhound with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Irish Wolfhounds sold is $1,300.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,375.00
Average Price: $1,300.00
Top Quality: $2,200.00 to $6,200.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 585 Irish Wolfhound puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning an Irish Wolfhound puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining an Irish Wolfhounds true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Irish Wolfhound Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 585 Irish Wolfhound dogs.
  • 1. Irish Dane
  • 2. Aphrodite
  • 3. Girls
  • 4. Teagan Pups
  • 5. Blue
  • 6. Champions
  • 7. Hades
  • 8. Red
  • 9. Blue Boy
  • 10. Aiofe Pups
  • 11. Apollo
  • 12. Boy Puppies
  • 13. Coming Soon
  • 14. Dottie
  • 15. Green
  • 16. Iw Puppies
  • 17. Titania
  • 18. Venus
  • 19. Wee
  • 20. White

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Anonymous asked:
My wife and I are looking to purchase an Irish Wolfhound. We own a horse farm in Florida and have plenty of space for all our furry friends. Will the very hot weather be a challenge for this breed?



The Irish Wolfhound is an amazing breed of dog that is very loyal and stoic. The breed would do wonderfully on your horse farm. Although Florida is quite hot and humid, as long as you have shade, water, and AC for the dog to keep cool in the most extreme parts of the day; he/she will do just fine.


I'm from New Orleans and just lost my 11 year old Irish Wolfhound. With similar climates, she did well most of the year, however during the hottest months we would go for walks in the early morning and late evening hours. She would also let me know when she'd have enough. Sometimes it was just around the block and at other times she'd go for a much longer walk. During those hot and humid months I would always bring water for her to drink on the walk.

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Do Irish wolfhounds swim? Do they take to swimming?

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My Irish wolfhound would only swim with my kids. I would get in he would get out and stand on the deck and watch us. Now that dog, he had my back and I had his. No training!

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Are they hard to housebreak?



The Irish Wolfhound is considered a moderate dog to house-break, meaning that as long as you give the dog clear and consistent rules as to where the puppy is allowed to go to the bathroom, then the pup should be house broken quite easily. However, make sure you always use a Positive Reinforcement approach to housebreaking so that the puppy does not become afraid of actually using the bathroom in front of you. If that happens, then the pup will hide behind furniture or go into another room to use the potty instead of telling you that they have to go outside.


Told my Samson, this is were you sleep, not were you pee. Never had a problem after that. No training. I walked him around the yard and showed him were he was allowed to go. No fence. Never left the yard. Here is what’s funny about my boy.. the sheriffs were chasing a criminal though the backyards at my moms. I drop my Sam at my moms so he could run. My mom has a really big yard. Well that criminal met Sam head to head. The criminal gave up without a incident. The sheriffs ask my mother if Sam would have attacked him, she said don’t know. But once you had control of him he came back and laid down. The Irish wolfhound is the smart and loyal. Just be the Alfa, you can’t go wrong!

Anonymous asked:
Do most Irish Wolfhound's have prey drive? Is it possible to train that out of them? I have a 4-year-old German shepherd that has high prey drive and while she has never actually hurt my cats, I see the potential for it. She's tiny for her breed at around 40 pounds, so manageable. We've had Danes before so I understand the power of a big pup. Looking at IW as a future choice but want to know what I could be getting into!



The Irish Wolfhound has a ton of prey drive. They were used to hunt bear, wolves, elk, etc. You can never train prey drive out of a dog, you can only train impulse control. If you already have a German Shepherd that has a high prey drive and are worried about your G.S.D passing that onto your next dog I would suggest a different breed. You could look into Newfoundlands or Great Danes as their prey drive tends to be much lower.


Yes, they are sight hounds, bred to chase (and catch) prey by sight. That said, if you train your youngest to "leave it" and "come" they are much more in tune to their handlers than most other sight hounds. I take my dogs hiking with me without issue but they do need a fenced yard at home (as should all dogs). They get along well with children and other pets, being rather gentle in nature; I have both a female and an intact male who live with a small dog and I know people who have cats as well.


I have a 3 yr old IW and he lives with a mini dachshund and cats. We also have chickens and goats. He is better with the livestock and cats than the dachshund. If your IW is raised with smaller animals and taught not to "hunt" them there shouldn't be a problem. He keeps his prey drive for keeping wildlife off the property.


My wife and I live in an apartment. A one-bedroom. We are not sure if our dog is an Irish Wolfhound or a Labradoodle. She is about 60 lb. We got her from a rescue 4 years ago. House trained in one week. The dog is the most lovable pet either of us have ever had. She is very lazy. Very affectionate. does anything we tell her to do. Knows her walk times. Knows her feeding times. She also drinks a lot of water! We feed her very very good food. I had a Golden Retriever that lived 15 years due to all the love we gave her. My dog cookie his black White tan & red with gold eyes. She is the most incredible companion in the world! She has a very deep loud bark. She is very protective of my wife and I. Although she will lead a criminal to the beer in the fridge! All of our neighbors love her! Even the office personnel and maintenance crew.

Anonymous asked:
What is the life expectancy of the Irish Wolfhound? Are there health issues with this breed?



The average life span of the Irish Wolfhound is about 7 -8 years. Sadly, they are not a long-lived breed. The health issues within the breed include dilated cardiomyopathy and bone cancer which are the leading cause of death and like all deep-chested dogs, gastric torsion (bloat) is common; the breed is affected by hereditary intrahepatic portosystemic shunt.


The average age of the Irish wolfhound is 6.5 years. There have been several studies done over many years' duration and the average was officially 6.5 years.


Correct; that said this puts Irish Wolfhounds on average with other large breeds including Labradors. Be sure to ask your breeder about the ages at death of grandparents and other related dogs - some lines are getting 10-12 years while some mush less, especially if cardiac conditions run in the line.


Mine lived for 10 years. I am in So Cal so that may have had something to do with it, warm weather. Also. I only fed her organic food


We have an 11 year old Wolfhound and 14 month old. We lost one at eight years to bone cancer. He was a big boy 180lb and very sweet, if a bit of a klutz. We feed a high quality pet food and make sure they get out for at least one walk a day - two when it isn’t raining too hard. - and we love them a lot

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Updated: 5/20/2022