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Irish Wolfhound

Group: Hounds (Group 4)
Club: Irish Wolfhound Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Kathryn O'Brien
Phone: 0402 276 852

About the Irish Wolfhound

Background The origin of the Irish Wolfhound has been lost in antiquity, however, from illustrations dating back to 1400 BC we know that the Celts had huge hounds. Irish mythology, legends and sagas abound with the exploits of this ancient breed. This dog was the companion of kings - whether at war, on the hunt or just by the hearth. History tells of many hounds being sent to the royal houses of both Europe and Scandinavia. Tragically this breed came close to extinction and if it were not for the efforts of Captain G.A. Graham, we might not have this wonderful breed today.

Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Irish Wolfhounds live up to 8 years of age.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Irish Wolfhound is often called the "gentle giant" of the dog world. Its proud bearing, quiet dignity and intelligence are just some of its many wonderful characteristics. This is definitely a family dog with an incredibly affectionate nature. It thrives on human companionship. Regardless of whether you are looking for a Wolfhound with show potential or one as a companion and family pet it should be physically and temperamentally healthy, exhibiting the friendly, even disposition that is essential to its character.

Compatibility with other pets The Wolfhound will live happily with cats, rabbits and other domestic animals if introduced to them as a puppy - however one must always remember that this dog is a sight hound.

Care Requirements Raising a puppy that grows as fast as a Wolfhound requires special attention to diet and exercise. A balanced diet is essential to support the rapid growth rate and a detailed diet sheet will be supplied by the breeder. Due to its rapid growth, a puppy’s exercise should be restricted until it is nine to twelve months of age - as should free play with other dogs. Be especially careful not to let your puppy jump into, onto or out of such things as cars, lounges, etc. The breeders will be able to supply you with a suitable exercise regime. A small back yard is sufficient as long as it is kept clean and the dog is walked at least once daily. The Irish Wolfhound enjoys lying around most of the day, but does enjoy stretching its legs both with a walk on a lead and a run in the park. The Wolfhound has a rough short coat that does not require a lot of grooming. Regular brushing and a thorough weekly grooming will keep its jacket in good condition. The Wolfhound is not a guard dog, but it can be a good watchdog as its huge size and bark will usually deter unwanted visitors. The Wolfhound is not considered to be a "jumper" so normally there is no need for extra high fencing.

Please Take Note Some Wolfhounds like to dig and the holes will be in proportion to their size - namely, large!

Ideal Owner/s Families. This breed is very gentle and patient with children and elderly people, providing that they respect it and treat it properly. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Irish Wolfhound and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

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