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Irish Wolfhound Puppies
Description: The Irish Wolfhound is one of the largest and is the tallest of dogs in the world. By the age of six months they can weigh as much as ninety pounds and do not reach maturity until twenty to twenty-four months. They have a deep chest, straggly looking fur, and similar in shape to the greyhound. They have a long tail, almost reaching the ground. The Irish Wolfhound has large feet, and a double coat that may be gray, brindle, red, black, white or fawn. Despite their great size, they are very gentle in nature. They are excellent with children, and acknowledge that they are protectors of the family. Known as the gentle giant, they are a perfect gentleman who shows no signs of aggression to their family. Irish Wolfhounds are willing to please their owners and make a good family dog for those who have adequate space and a lifestyle to feed them, as they are rather expensive to look after. Irish Wolfhounds are calm, loving and affectionate. They are very loyal and courageous when called upon to be. Many an Irish tale tells of this breed defending their master and chasing away fiends. The Irish Wolfhound is the perfect dog for the person with enough space in their house and in their heart.
Other Names: Irish Hound, Irish Wolfdog,
Cu (ancient Celtic), Cu Faoil (Ireland)
Type: Sighthound and Pariah
Height: Females: 28 – 32 inches; Males:
32 - 35 inches.
Colors: Gray, steel gray, brindle, red,
black, pure white, fawn or wheaten color.
Temperament: Irish Wolfhounds are gentle,
friendly, loving and intelligent. They are very good with children and other
pets, but only do moderately well in guarding or watching. Their size may scare
off unwelcome guests, however. Irish Wolfhounds are dignified, calm, and fun
loving. They can be active dogs, but are usually calm inside the house. They
are a breed of courage, loyalty and have the potential to earn plenty of obedience
Watch-dog: Medium - Low, but their great
size can scare intruders.
Care and Training: Irish Wolfhounds require
regular grooming of their hard, wiry coat or it will become matted. Comb their
fur daily. Trim around the eye and ears with blunt scissors. The Irish Wolfhound
does not require as much exercise as one would think for their great size, but
they do need daily walks or runs or they will be inclined to be lazy. Rearing
of young Irish Wolfhound puppies is critical because of their rapid growth rate.
Do not take them on long walks as they can damage their joints.
Health Issues: Heart problems (heart disease), hip and elbow dysplasia, and cancers such as lymphoma. Other health concerns for the Irish Wolfhound include bone and kidney disease, eye problems, hypothyroidism, seizures, von Willebrand's disease, and bloat. Bloat is a common health issue to most dogs, being the most populous killer of dogs second to cancer. But Irish Wolfhounds are particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Life Span:8 - 10 years.
Country of Origin: Ireland
First Registered by the AKC: 1897
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