Irish Wolfhound Breed Profile


Among the qualities of the Irish Wolfhound is that they are sweet tempered, patient, generous, thoughtful, intelligent, dignified, willing, and loving.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is excellent with children and great for families.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan for an Irish Wolfhound is around 6 to 8 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 90 to 150 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include but are not limited to cardiomyopathy, bone cancer, bloat, PRA, Von Willebrands Disease and hip dysplasia.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking is out of the question for this breed of dog as they prefer the outdoors. Shedding is average, brush daily.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a large fenced in yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

You can expect to pay upwards of around $1,200 for each dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog is not usually aggressive unless they have been abused or neglected.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a lousy watchdog and a lousy guard dog. The only thing intimidating about this breed of dog is its size.

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