Irish Wolfhound

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Breed Group: Hound
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Overview
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.
Character
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.
Temperament
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.
Care
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.
Coat
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.
Training
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.
Activity
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.
Weight
Male: 120; Female: 105 lbs
Height
Male: 32; Female: 30 inches
Color(s)
gray, brindle, red, black, white, or fawn
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2017

Learn what to expect when researching the price of Irish Wolfhound puppies.

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 $1,400.00. 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 $2,100 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: $1,400.00
Average Price: $1,300.00
Top Quality: $2,100.00 to $6,200.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 461 Irish Wolfhound puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

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.

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Most Popular Irish Wolfhound Names for 2017

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 461 Irish Wolfhound dogs.
  • 1. Aphrodite
  • 2. Girls
  • 3. Champions
  • 4. Hades
  • 5. Blue Boy
  • 6. Blue
  • 7. Boy Puppies
  • 8. Iw Puppies
  • 9. Titania
  • 10. Venus
  • 11. Yellow
  • 12. Aladdin
  • 13. Baby Girl
  • 14. Belle
  • 15. Big Sam
  • 16. Baloo
  • 17. Champ Girls
  • 18. Cotton
  • 19. Daisy
  • 20. Dottie

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Do Irish wolfhounds swim? Do they take to swimming?

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Anonymous asked:
Are they hard to housebreak?

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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.

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!

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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.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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.

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

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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.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous asked:
How much does an Irish Wolfhound hound eat in a week?

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Anonymous

Every dog is different and it all depends on what you feed your dog. The better quality food you feed your dog, the less he/she needs. For my Irish Wolfhounds, I feed a grain-free, high quality dog food and they eat an average of 4 cups of food a day (not included added wet food). If I were to buy some cheap dog food at the grocery store, they would be eating an average of 8 - 9 cups of food a day just to get the nutritional value that they need. So again, it all depends on the food you feed your dog. Irish Wolfhounds are very, very large dogs. Some people do not understand how large and so underestimate the amount of food they need. Please do your research and if you've never had an Irish Wolfhound before, contact a local, qualified and responsible breeder in your area. Spend some time with the breed before you decide on one. They are not for everyone.

Anonymous

Adult Irish Wolfhound's tend to average about 6 cups a day of high quality kibble (about a pound and a half a day); growing dogs can require twice that.

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Updated: 12/15/2017