The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest
dog in the world. Standing at least 32 inches at the shoulder, they
are known as "the Gentle Giants". The coarse, wiry coat can be a
variety of colours from white, wheaten, and red through to black, with or without
brindling. An unusual feature of the breed is the bushy eyebrows and
By six months of age, an Irish Wolfhound
can weigh up to 90 lbs., and he does not reach maturity until about two
years old. Despite his great size he has a most gentle temperament. He
is a perfect gentleman, non-aggressive, and he adores children. Remember
his size! An animal this large can unintentionally cause harm simply by
bumping into an unsuspecting toddler. The Irish Wolfhound's willingness to
please his owners and his protective nature make him a good family dog. He
is not usually suspicious so he's not the best guard or watch dog. His
impressive size may, however, give a potential intruder pause for thought.
As a giant breed, he needs space ... indoors and out.
Obedience training requires patience as
the Irish Wolfhound is easily bored. Harsh correction methods should never
be used on this sensitive breed. Moderately active, the Irish Wolfhound is
happy with a daily walk.