The Irish Wolfhound is a tall sighthoung dog that is sweet tempered and kind to everyone. It is energetic and will make a good family pet because of its kind demeanor. This breed of dog gets along with other dogs and animals, as well as considerate children. It is an energetic one who enjoys running and playing around.
With a smooth muscular lean body, this breed of dog can look scary to intruders. However, it will remain calm and loyal to its owners. It also responds to training well and rarely barks, but instead makes a sound which is more like a yodel.
The Irish Wolfhound moves with grace and is willing to follow orders, with a desire to please its owners. It is a sensitive dog that knows when people are laughing at her and might take it personally. Respect is important for this breed of dog, they are active and intelligent. Bred as hunting dogs, this hound falls into the category of sighthound, using its sense of sight and smell to hunt.
Playful and energetic, this breed of dog makes a good family pet. However, it would need a large space wherein it can run around.
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This breed measures 28 6o 35 inches from its shoulder to tail. This is the adult size of the dog breed, aged 2 years and above. An adult hound weighs 90 to 150 pounds, however the bitches are slightly smaller and lighter than male dogs.
Regular brushing is necessary for this breed of dog to avoid matting of the coat and to keep it clean and healthy. Brushing the dog is also a good way to improve the emotional bond.
Ideal as a house pet because of its playful, loyal, and calm nature, the Irish Wolfhound usually gets along with considerate kids. However, it is a poor watch and guard dog.
This breed of dog can easily adapt to a family’s lifestyle as long as it has enough space for itself and there is constant love, care, and respect from the family.
The life expectancy of this dog breed ranges from 7 to 10 years. Constant visit to the vet is necessary for this breed and most of the diseases commonly observed on this hound are canine hip dysplaxia, bone cancer, bloat, and heart problems. Once the dog ages six and above, the trips to the vet must be done at least twice a year.
A hound that is not in the mood to exercise must not be forced. However, when it feels like it is in the mood to run around, exercise must be avoided after meals or when the Irish Wolfhound is still very young.
Very responsive to training, an Irish Wolfhound dog will appreciate a nonviolent means of teaching. Bad behavior is best left ignored and good behavior be praised and highlighted.