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Breed origin: Ireland
Original purpose: Fierce hunters of wolves and the oversized Irish elk.
AKC recognized: 1897
AKC group: Hound
Weight: males at least 120 lbs;
females at least 105 lbs
Size: Height: males at least 32 inches;
females at least 30 inches
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Gray, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn or any other color that appears in the Deerhound.
6 to 8 years.
The Irish Wolfhound is athletic, powerful, fast, sensitive, gentle yet fearless. They are the tallest of dogs, but not the heaviest. They have a strong prey drive, and must have a very large fenced yard to allow them to gallop. They are not guardians by nature, but sometimes their size alone is enough to be a deterrent.
Good with children?
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Good with other dogs?
Good with cats?
OK for inexperienced owners?
OK in apartments?
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Good jogging partner?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, obedience, lure coursing
They are adaptable, but love long walks and a securely fenced area where they can romp freely.
Brush or comb weekly or bi-weekly. They shed year-round.
Known health problems:
Dilated cardiomyopathy, cancer, gastric dilatation volvulus, intrahepatic portosystemic shunts, hypothyroidism, von Willebrand's disease, osteochondrosis dissecans, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, megaesophagus, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Irish Wolfhound Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Irish Wolfhound National Rescue Directory