The future of the Irish Wolfhound was in doubt during the early years of the nineteenth century once the wolves themselves had been eliminated from Ireland. The breed had been kept here for as long as 2,000 years, its ancestors being known to the Romans. The survival of these friendly giants was almost entirely due to the efforts of one man, a Scot called Captain George A Graham. Working with the few wolfhounds that were still alive in the 1860s, and using judicious crossings with Deerhounds, Graham was able to re-create this ancient breed.
Coat Type/Colour: Wiry; Wide Variety
Height: 30 Inch + (76 cm)
Weight: 85 – 105 lb (38.6 – 46.7 kg)
Classification: Hound/Coursing Dog
Nature: Trustworthy, Friendly
Standing up to 34 Inch (86 cm) tall, the Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog in the world, but in spite of its size, it makes a trustworthy companion as well as proving an alert guard. The breed is only suitable, however, if you have a large area of land around your home where it can gallop about. As with other large dog breeds, long walks are not recommended for young wolfhounds, but they still need plenty of exercise. The wiry coat needs relatively little attention, and a wide range of colours is established, ranging from black through fawn, brindle and red to pure white. Puppies have to be trained from an early age, as, in view of their size, they can otherwise prove something of a handful in later life.