Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

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All about the Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is a patient and an obedient breed which makes it good with kids as well as other pets.

It is an easy to train breed. However, training should start at an early age when the dog is smaller and easier to handle.

It is friendly with strangers which doesn’t make it make a very good watchdog or a guard dog. However, given the size of the dog, it can be an intimidating site for strangers. This giant dog needs plenty of space to move around in and live in.

Grooming an Irish Wolfhound

Hair type: Irish Wolfhounds have a wiry, shaggy coat that is rough to the touch on the head, body and legs and longer over the eyes and under the jaw. Coat colours include gray, brindle, red, black, pure white or fawn, with gray being the most common.

Daily coat care: The rough, medium-length coat needs regular and thorough grooming with any regular brush and comb. This with keep the coat in good condition. About once or twice a year strip the coat to remove excess dead hair. This breed is an average shedder.

Recommended groom frequency: Irish Wolfhounds should receive a professional grooming every 6-8 weeks.

At Petmania Grooming Studios we have a full range of treatments available for your Irish Wolfhound. If you get puppy, we recommend our Puppy’s First Visit at around four months, once your puppy has received all his vaccinations.


Depending on the age, size and activity level of your Irish Wolfhound, you can expect to feed between 450g and 850g of high-quality dry food a day

To help you find the best food for your dog, read about the dog food brands available at your local Petmania, or speak with one of our Pet Care Advisors instore today.

Activity Level

This is a laidback breed which does well with moderate amount of exercise. Daily walks are essential to satisfy the dog’s natural tendency to walk. However, excessive exercising should be avoided when the dog is young to prevent any injuries or malformations of the bone. It tends to gain weight easily so should not be overfed.

Where to get an Irish Wolfhound

There are lots of places offering dogs or puppies for sale in Ireland, but we would always ask that you consider adopting a dog first. Our animal rescue partners have 100’s of rescue dogs and puppies seeking a forever home and would be delighted to introduce you to them.

However, if a rescue dog is not for you, we do recommend that you choose a registered breeder and seek Irish Kennel Club registration papers which will confirm that the dog has been bred to their strict code of ethics.