theIrish Wolfhound

Calm, Dignified, Courageous
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The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all dogs.


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Energy & Size

medium ENERGY &
large size

AKC Dog Ranking

70th
Most Popular Dog Breed

Personality

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Calm, dignified, kindly; courageous but not aggressive

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  • General Appearance

    Of great size and commanding appearance, the Irish Wolfhound is remarkable in combining power and swiftness with keen sight. The largest and tallest of the galloping hounds, in general type he is a rough-coated, Greyhound-like breed; very muscular, strong though gracefully built; movements easy and active; head and neck carried high, the tail carried with an upward sweep with a slight curve towards the extremity. The minimum height and weight of dogs should be 32 inches and 120 pounds; of bitches, 30 inches and 105 pounds; these to apply only to hounds over 18 months of age. Anything below this should be debarred from competition. Great size, including height at shoulder and proportionate length of body, is the desideratum to be aimed at, and it is desired to firmly establish a race that shall average from 32 to 34 inches in dogs, showing the requisite power, activity, courage and symmetry.

  • Head

    Long, the frontal bones of the forehead very slightly raised and very little indentation between the eyes.Skull, not too broad. Muzzle, long and moderately pointed. Ears, small and Greyhound-like in carriage.

  • Body

    Neck: Rather long, very strong and muscular, well arched, without dewlap or loose skin about the throat. Chest: Very deep. Breast, wide. Back: Rather long than short. Loins arched.

  • Forequarters

    Shoulders, muscular, giving breadth of chest, set sloping. Elbows well under, neither turned inwards nor outwards. Forearm muscular, and the whole leg strong and quite straight.
     

  • Coat

     Rough and hard on body, legs and head; especially wiry and long over eyes and underjaw.

  • Hindquarters

    Muscular thighs and second thigh long and strong as in the Greyhound, and hocks well let down and turning neither in nor out. Feet are moderately large and round, neither turned inwards nor outwards. Toes, well arched and closed. Nails, very strong and curved.

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