A giant among dog breeds. But at the same time gentle creature, large pet and friend. This is certainly the Irish Wolfhound. Very unique dog breed.
Irish Wolfhound is a very old dog breed. According to some information was brought to Ireland from Greece in 1500 BC. Referred as war dog, dog for hunting and Irish hounds in Irish literature of the fifth century. The Irish had the custom to donate them to the Romans. At one point, the breed has been seriously compromised, or almost disappear. However G.A. Graham was able to revive the modern race, crossing of other races.
The ancients were raised them as hunting dogs called Cu Faoil, which means “courage.” They have gained a good reputation as a fearless hunter of wolves. They appeared at an exhibition in 1870, when they caused a sensation and admiration of the audience.
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APPEARANCE AND ANATOMY
Irish Wolfhound is a big dog. has frightening and powerful look. They have high growth. It can be described as the perfect combination of power and speed. It is the largest and fastest hound. In addition, it is very harmonious build, muscular, with many similarities with the greyhounds.
Females reach a height of 28 inches, while males come to 31 inches.
HEAD: long, flat with a small furrow between the eyes, not broad, highly raised.
MUZZLE: long, medium-pointed.
EARS: small, worn down.
NECK: long, strong and muscular, without excess skin.
CHEST: very deep, broad chest.
BACK: preferably long.
TAIL: long, slightly arched, of medium thickness, well hairy, pulled up.
FRONT LEGS: perfectly straight, strong bones.
REAR LEGS: long, muscular thighs, lower leg muscular, solid joints.
FEET: round, medium-sized, well-rounded fingers, nails very strong.
HAIR: sharp and hard, like a wire above the eyes and below the jaw.
COLORS: gray, brindle, red, black, light brown, or a color which is represented at the Scottish Greyhound breed.
CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR
Irish Wolfhound is a very large dog, and as such looks quite scary. But his temperament is not in accordance with the appearance. He likes to be pampered and to be always close to its owner. He does not like to be alone for too long. It’s full of energy and very active, require daily walks. Enough is gentle, moving very fast, highly durable and has great vision.
Early socialization is recommended, because he loves to chase after other animals or cars. At such moments, the surface goes hunting ability. Obedient, but the command does not learn very fast. He can live with other dogs, and even with cats. But not willing to comply with aggressive dogs.
With children agrees perfect, but because of its size without problems can overturn the child. So requires supervision of the owner, if it comes to small children.
On the strangers he can bark, but not always. Therefore, it can not be classified as an ideal guardian. But deep barking and size seem scary enough for anyone uninvited. Once in the company of strangers, Irish Wolfhound is generally withdrawn and secluded.
He’s happy and cuddly dog who will try to climb into your lap, which will in most cases be impossible.
ADAPTATION AND CONDITIONS OF LIFE
Irish Wolfhound was a free dog. That’s why he needs a lot of space to run and play. I do not like to be closed for a long time. Living together with this breed is not complicated but that is not recommended for all those who love dogs. It takes a determined master, with firm hand.
It is not designed for life in the apartment. Once he reach 10 weeks, he needs daily walking, in order to develop properly.
The ideal life could be a house with a large yard or a large farm.
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HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CARE
Irish Wolfhound has a relatively short life span. Like most large dogs. The main causes of death in these dogs are dilated cardiomyopathy and bone cancer and gastric torsion. Another problem is linked to the Irish Wolfhound. This is intrahepatic portosystemic shunt. According to research, most are dying of bone cancer.
It is not recommended to lie on a hard surface, which can lead to the formation of blisters. The hair need to be combed once or twice a week. It takes goods haircut periodically to remove damaged hair.
Irish Wolfhound is very sensitive to the use of anesthesia and frequently occurring tail injuries.
Life expectancy is 5-7 years.