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The Irish Wolfhound is one of the largest and tallest of dogs in the world. By the age of six months he can weigh as much as ninety pound and he does not reach maturity until twenty to twenty-four months. Dispute his great size he is the most gentle in nature. Known as the gentle giant, he is a perfect gentleman who shows no signs of aggression. Willing to please his owners he makes a good family dog for those who have adequate space and a lifestyle to feed him as he is rather expensive to look after. Irish history has many references to the Wolfhound. It is said that the Celts took their hounds to Ireland around 1500 B.C. Known then as the "Cu" his name used to imply bravery and many warriors would prefixed their own names with the word. The Irish Wolfhound is a truly noble animal.
The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest breed of dog and was originally used to hunt wolves.
Fortunately the Irish Wolfhound is very slow to anger and only becomes aggressive under extreme provocation.

Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

Life expectancy: 8 - 10 Years
Color: Gray, steel gray, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn or wheaten
Eyes: dark
Coat type: rough, wiry, long over the eyes and under the jaw
Size: Males: 32 inches, 120 pounds; Females: 30 inches, 105 pounds (minimum)
Health issues:Heart problems, hip dysplasia, cancers such as lymphoma, bone and kidney disease.
Living conditions: The Irish Wolfhound is not recommended for apartment, but a large house and fenced life. These dogs are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. You must have a lot of room in your home, heart, yard and car to successfully own this giant breed. They need to be part of the family and would be very unhappy in a kennel. Being sighthounds, they will chase and so need a secure, fenced area for exercise.

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