Irish Wolfhound

Other names : Wolfhound, Cú/ Cú Faoil

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Life expectancy

The Irish Wolfhound has a life expectancy of between 6 and 10 years




Adult size

Female Between 28 and 32 in
Male Between 31 and 34 in

Adult weight

Female Between 88 and 119 lb
Male Between 88 and 119 lb
Coat colour
Black White Blue Red Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Irish Wolfhound costs between £900 and £1430

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More details about the Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound: Origins and history

Opinions on the Wolfhound’s origins are divided: certain sources claim that the breed is recent (dating back to 19th century), but most experts consider his roots to be very old. It would seem that in 391 B.C., a Roman consul received a gift from his brother in the form of seven large dogs, designed to fight in the arena against lions and bears. The description of this dog is, at any rate, compatible with that of the Wolfhound.

FCI classification of the Irish Wolfhound

  • Group 10 - Sighthounds

  • Section 2 : Rough-haired Sighthounds

Training a Irish Wolfhound

Since the Irish Wolfhound is exceptionally attached to his master, the training process does not tend to be difficult if the methods used are both gentle and firm, coherent and positive. In fact, this dog takes it to heart to please his master, but no display of brutality will ever be tolerated. 

Make sure to start laying the disciplinary groundwork for the Wolfhound pup as soon as he integrates the home, to prevent him from picking up any bad habits. What’s more, these ‘bad habits’ could prospectively become dangerous on account of the dog’s bulk once he reaches adulthood. 

The basics of dog-training and discipline will therefore continually have to be reinforced, especially recall and healing. He only reaches maturity at the age of 3 or 4, in fact, so commands must be repeatedly taught and mastered.

Irish Wolfhound: Purchase price

The price of a Wolfhound varies depending on its origins, age, and sex. You have to count an average of £1430  for dogs subscribed to the Kennel Club. 

With regards to the monthly budget required to meet the needs of a dog of this size, you have to estimate an average of £70 per month.

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