A sheep in wolf’s clothing
Original Name : Irish Wolfhound
Type : Graioid
Other Names : Cú, Faoil
Male size : 31-34 inches
Male weight : 120 lbs
Female size : 28-34 inches
Female weight : 90 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Ireland
So-called not due to any physical similarity but because they were bred to hunt wolves, this breed is as gentle a companion dog as they come. Irish Wolfhounds make good guard dogs, protecting their human family from any threat.
Long, level, carried high, forehead bones very slightly raised, very slight furrow between the eyes.
Long, well ribbed up, rather long back, slightly arched loins, broad croup across the hips, very deep chest of moderate breadth.
Gray, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn or any color that appears in Deerhounds.
Small rose ears like the Greyhound’s.
Long, curved slightly, moderately thick, well covered with hair.
Rough, hard on body, legs and head, but especially wiry over the eyes and on the beard.
The Celts of Ireland were long interested in breeding large sighthounds and the rough-coated variety was favored to cope with the Irish climate. Unfortunately, as the wolf population dwindled so too did Irish Wolfhound numbers and by the end of the 17th century the breed had become something of a rarity. Captain G.A. Graham initiated a renaissance and a breed club was founded in 1885. In the 21st century Irish Wolfhounds have regained some of the reputation they had in the Middle Ages.Certainly not as heavy or solidly build as the Great Dane, Irish Wolfhounds are more akin to the Scottish Deerhound in terms of general type. They are very big, imposing dogs with a lot of muscles but elegance too.
Did you know ?
“Lambs at home, lions in the chase.” Up to the end of the 17th century, sighthounds were used in Ireland to hunt wolves and deer. They were also used to hunt wolves in a large part of Europe before the forests were cleared. Nowadays, they are renowned companion dogs.