The rough, wiry coat needs routine brushing and occasional trips to the groomer; an average shedder.
Although now primarily a family companion, the Irish Wolfhound will still instinctively give chase to fleeing prey. His large size commands more room, more exercise, and a bigger car. The breed's harsh, natural coat requires regular brushing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Irish Wolfhound is a large breed and has a lifespan of 8 to 10 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
With weekly grooming with a brush and comb as well as the occasional bath he will keep clean and looking his best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
His large size commands more room, more exercise, and a bigger car. Puppies can be very destructive when confined to the house, which argues even more strongly for a fenced area. Irish Wolfhounds are eligible to participate in a wide variety of AKC-sanctioned activities. Neutered dogs can participate in obedience competitions, lure coursing, tracking, rally, agility and junior showmanship. Canine Good Citizen® is another activity you and your dog can participate in to demonstrate your dog’s good behavior. Not all hounds do well in every one of these events, but if you can find one that both you and the dog enjoy, it can provide you with many hours of rewarding companionship. Of course, even though many IWS don’t excel at the precision exercises necessary for obedience competition, you’ll need to teach your hound manners and enough obedience commands to make him or her a comfortable companion and good citizen.
Irish Wolfhound &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disease and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Irish Wolfhounds are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Irish Wolfhounds can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.