Irish wolfhound dog

Irish Wolfhound

This ancient breed originated in Ireland, where he served as both a war dog and hunting dog.

The Royal Irish Regiment, Prince William’s regiment, in the British Army has a wolfhound as mascot.

The pure Irish wolfhound comes in various colors, from cream to black.

He came close to extinction in the 19th century after the great prey animals — wolves, deer, and wild boars — had largely disappeared in Ireland, but the breed was revived and today is a wonderful companion who draws the admiration of many. Oliver Cromwell saved the Irish wolfhound. He refused the export of any more from Ireland after their numbers dwindled.

The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all dog breeds and the largest of the sighthounds , which are dogs that chase moving prey. Despite his history as a ferocious war dog, he is a gentle giant who gets along with everyone, including children, other dogs, and sometimes even cats. He loves long walks, which are important in maintaining his huge body, but otherwise he's satisfied to be a couch potato.

While they're quiet indoors, Irish Wolfhounds are not suitable for apartment living. Consider whether you'd be able to get one up and down the stairs if he were injured or sick. They do best in a home with a large fenced yard where they can have room to run.

The Irish Wolfhound is not the ideal watchdog. He doesn't bark an alarm, and although he has the size to deter many would-be intruders he doesn't have the nature of a guard dog. He's brave but not aggressive.

Like any dog, the Irish Wolfhound isn't the breed for everyone. His gigantic size alone is a consideration. He has several health issues that potential owners must be aware of. And he's a short-lived breed who has only a 6- to 8-year life span. If you're looking for a breed that lives many years and is easy to care for, then he's not the breed for you. But if you're looking for a companion who will fill your life with love, admiration, and sloppy kisses, then look no further.

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