“Long and gray and gaunt he lies/A Lincoln among dogs,” poet Christopher Morely wrote of the Irish Wolfhound. And, yes, there’s a dignified mournfulness to this amiable hound that can be described as Lincolnesque. They’re too serene to be fierce guard dogs, but just the sight of an Irish Wolfhound is enough to deter intruders. Irish Wolfhounds are wonderful with kids, though animals their size should be supervised around small children. Owning an Irish Wolfhound is a unique, rewarding experience—but acquiring a giant galloping hound is a commitment as big as the dog itself.
Did You Know?
Irish Wolfhounds are called, interchangeably, "Irish dogs," "Big Dogs of Ireland," "Greyhounds (or Grehounds) of Ireland," "Wolfdogs of Ireland" and "Great Hounds of Ireland." Irish Wolfhound is the more modern name.
Wolfhound puppyhound lasts a year or more, and a Wolfhound "puppy" can weigh about 100 lbs.
By the year 391 AD, the Irish Wolfhound was known in Rome, when the first authentic mention of it was written by the Roman Consul Quintus Aurelius, who had received seven of them as a gift which "all Rome viewed with wonder."
Despite his intimidating size, the nature and temperament of the Wolfhound make him totally unsuitable as guard dog, watch dog, or patrol dog. Though alert he is not suspicious; though courageous he is not aggressive.
The Irish Wolfhound was coveted for his hunting prowess, particularly in pursuit of the wolf and the gigantic Irish elk. However, with the disappearance from Ireland of these animals, and the excessive exportation of the Wolfhound, the breed became almost extinct.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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|Gray & Brindle||102|
|Red & Brindle||142|
|Wheaten & Brindle||225|
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