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10 Interesting Facts About the Irish Wolfhound Dog Breed

Should you get an Irish Wolfhound?

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Do you know the Irish Wolfhound? This ancient breed is one of the largest dog breeds in existence. They are known for their strength, size, and gentle temperament. If you’re thinking about adding an Irish Wolfhound to your family, there are a few things you should know about these dogs. In this post, we’ll share 10 interesting facts about the Irish Wolfhound dog breed. Keep reading to learn more!

1) The Irish Wolfhound is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence today. They have been mentioned in literature for centuries, with mentions going all the way back to 79 AD when a Roman scholar mentioned them in a work about Britain.

2) An adult male may up to seven feet tall on their hind legs, while females are slightly smaller at around thirty inches tall. On average, they weigh between one hundred and fifty to two hundred pounds.

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3) As with other sighthounds, the Irish Wolfhound is sensitive to certain types of anesthesia. In particular, they tend to be VERY sensitive to anything in the class of barbiturates.

4) Unfortunately, the Irish Wolfhound tends to have a lifespan between 6-8 years. Researh shows that roughly 30% of Wolfhounds have an abnormal electrocardiogram. Not all of them will be symptomatic. A-fib is the most common issue.

5) Wolfhounds were originally bred to hunt wolves and other large prey, but now they can be found in homes all over the world as loving and affectionate pets.


6) Cormac mac Airt, a King in Ireland, had an army of around 300 Irish Wolfhounds. In ancient times, they were used by Celtic warriors in battle to drag the enemy off their horses and chariots.

7) According to the FCI, recognized coat colors are grey, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn or any color that appears in the Deerhound.

8) In AKC running competitions, the average speed of the Wolfhound 21.8 mph and the fastest was clocked at 29.1 mph.

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9) Irish Wolfhounds make great family dogs and they get along well with children in most cases, assuming that they are raised together and socialized early on. It’s important that you always teach your children how to properly play with and respect dogs, especially large breed dogs such as the Irish Wolfhound. They are incredibly friendly and loyal dogs that love their family deeply.

10) Irish Wolfhounds rate VERY LOW in their aggression towards other dogs and people. They also rate VERY LOW in ther level of fear towards strangers and other dogs.

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