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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

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Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Irish Wolfhound Temperament And Dog Breed Information

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Irish Wolfhound Temperament

The Irish Wolfhound’s personality is loving, patient, generous, and extremely intelligent. If they were a human, they would be everyones best friend. Their love and loyalty for their family is unconditional and very few dogs have the completely all loving temperament that these dogs possess.

Sadly however their biggest drawback is their short life span, all that extra size does come at a cost, buyers should look for lines with longevity and take special measures with diet and exercise to help prolong their health and well being for as long as possible.

Children: They are wonderful with children calm, patient and affectionate, size may be too much for toddlers .

Other Animals: Will get along with most animals just fine, even cats if they have been raised with them, may be problematic if not. Generally friendly towards other dogs.

Protection: If you are looking for a watchdog or a big scary protector then move along, nothing to see here!

The Irish Wolfhound’s temperament is far too loving and friendly to be a watchdog, the only thing intimidating about him is his size. If its big protection you are interested in why not check out some other extra large dog breeds.

Training: Wolfhounds can be stubborn, however they are relatively easy to train due to their intelligence, loyalty and desire to please and respond best to positive training methods and consistency.

Coat Description The Irish Wolfhound has a medium length rough shaggy coat that needs regular brushing. He is an average shedder

Grooming Your Wolfhound will require regular  brushing and combing to keep the shedding to a minimum. As with all shaggy haired dogs they can really collect the dirt  and this dog just loves being outside romping around come rain or shine. Always be sure to check him for ticks or other insects when he comes back in.

Exercise Because they are a large dog The Wolfhound will need extra  room to run and play, they love going for walks with the family, but they don't need any more exercise than a small dog would, in fact they are content to be quite lazy at home.  Be careful not to over exercise a young dog when their bones are still growing.


The Irish Wolfhound is first mentioned in Rome around 390 AD, but it is with the Emerald Isle that this breed is forever associated. Favoured by Irish Chieftains for its hunting prowess, the Wolfhound was a consummate hunter of wolves and Irish elk with the breed today looking remarkably unchanged from paintings of them going back to the 1600’s.

Irish Wolfhound numbers declined gradually over the centuries and were virtually wiped out altogether due to the Great Famine of 1845, but the breed was resurrected in 1869 when the few remaining Wolfhounds were crossed with Scottish Deerhounds. This new breed was first exhibited at a dog show in 1870 where they caused a sensation! And this is often the same reaction this striking breed inspires today.

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Health Problems The Irish Wolfhound is prone to: Cardiomyopathy, bone cancer. Bloat, PRA, von Willebrands and hip dysplasia. Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend. Find out more about what it means to own an extra large dog breed.

The Ideal Owner Is: Strong, easygoing and affectionate, who has enough space to accommodate this giant breed including a big yard and can ensure safe daily off lead running. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club .

Not for harsh training regimes or handling, stressy highly-strung types, extremely active power jogging outdoorsy pro-biotic yogurt types, guarding or being ferocious, tiny spaces.

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The dignity of a diplomat, the power of a lion, the sensitivity of a priest, all describe the Wolfhound. The breed’s heart is as big as its body. This gentle giant craves love and attention. Its a treat to watch this big beastie play gently with a toddler or a tiny Yorkie.

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