Irish Wolfhound


The Irish Wolfhound is a large breed with an unusual coarse coat. The breed has a muscular body that provides it great strength. It has a long muzzle that ends in a point. The ears are small and lie back against the side of the head. The breed has an elongated neck that is also muscular. The neck is angled and smoothly transitions to the back. Its tail is average size and curl upward. Its chest is both deep and broad. It has very muscular legs and hocks. The coat is coarse and tends to slightly cover most of the facial features.


The Irish Wolfhound is a breed that is friendly with everyone. This is a good trait for families who want a pleasant, easy-going pet. However, it is not such a good thing if a family wants a breed to guard their home. If an unwelcome guest approaches the Irish Wolfhound, the breed may very well give them a warm welcome. The breed is loyal, loving, and is a great companion for children. Since it is a large breed, supervision is recommended when it interacts with very young children. Training should start early with this breed. It responds well to training and enjoys learning.

Height and Weight

The Irish Wolfhound stands 28-35 inches tall and weighs an average of 90-15 pounds.

Health Problems

As with most large breeds, hip dysplasia is the most common health problem of the Irish Wolfhound. Other conditions that the breed may develop include cancer, cardiomyopathy and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).

Ideal Living Conditions

Small living quarters, such as an apartment, are unsuitable for the Irish Wolfhound. Environments such as these do not provide the breed the space it needs to obtain adequate exercise. An urban environment, such as a ranch or a moderate size backyard in a suburban community is best for this breed.


Exercise is important for the Irish Wolfhound, but it should not be given in excessive amounts. The breed typically will indicate by some means when it needs exercise and when it has had enough.

Life Expectancy

The Irish Wolfhound typically does not live very long. The breed has an average life expectancy of 6-8 years.

Litter Size

The Irish Wolfhound has an average litter size of 3-4 puppies.


There is very little grooming required for the Irish Wolfhound. The coat will maintain a healthy condition as long as it is brushed on a regular basis. More brushing is required when the coat is shedding.


The history of the Irish Wolfhound started in Ireland.




The Irish Wolfhound is typically gray. Other acceptable colors for the breed include red, black, and white. The coat may also be a combination coat of any of the colors mentioned.