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Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

28-35inches tall

Colors: Gray, brindle, red, black, pure white or fawn

Life Expectancy: 6 to 8 years

Physical Characteristics

The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog in the world. On their hind legs they can reach seven feet tall. It is said that they can gain as much as a pound a day when they are puppies. They have a wiry, shaggy coat that is rough to the touch.

Health Concerns and Other Considerations

Common health issues include tumors, bloat, heart disease, hip dysplasia seizures and eye problems. Cost can be an issue with the Irish Wolfhounds, as they are capable of eating up to three pounds of food a day. The Irish Wolfhound should get a good brushing on a weekly basis. They don't require a lot of exercise, but being the tallest breed on the planet, they do need space.

Personality Traits

Irish Wolfhounds are sweet, patient, and kind. They are a great choice as a family dog, but may not do so well in an apartment since they need room to roam. They may be shy with strangers and don’t make the best watchdogs.

Irish Wolfhound History

Ancient Celtic writings suggest that the Irish Wolfhound goes back to 273 BC. They were used to hunt wild boar, elk, and wolves. Due to their skill at this trade, the prey he went after began to dissipate in numbers. While they almost went extinct in 19th century, they have survived and thrive today. You much more likely to see them cuddled up on a couch today than out on the hunt.

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