The Irish Wolfhound: A Majestic and Gentle Giant
The Irish Wolfhound is one of the oldest breeds in the world, dating back to 391 AD. They originated in Ireland where they were bred for hunting wolves, deer, and elk. The breed was nearly extinct by the end of the 18th century but was revived through breeding with other large dog breeds such as Great Danes.
Irish Wolfhounds are known for their height which can reach up to 32 inches at shoulder level. Males typically weigh between 120-190 pounds while females usually weigh between 105-140 pounds. Their coats are rough and wiry with colors ranging from gray, brindle, fawn or red. These dogs have a long head with small ears that fold down near their cheeks.
Irish Wolfhounds have an affectionate personality which makes them great companions for families who desire a gentle giant. They love being around people and tend to be more sociable than many other larger breeds like mastiffs or Rottweilers. However, they do have natural instincts to hunt prey so it’s important that owners provide sufficient exercise opportunities both indoor and outdoor environments.
Like most purebred dogs, Irish Wolfhounds may be prone to certain health issues such as hip dysplasia (a genetic condition in which hip joints don’t develop correctly), osteosarcoma (bone cancer) bloat (stomach twisting), heart disease etcetera. Pet parents should take proper care of these big furry friends including regular checkups every six months or once a year depending on age factors.
Despite its size, this breed does not require excessive amounts of physical activity daily but still need proper exercise including taking walks & running outdoors after having lunch and supper times appropriately spread out throughout each day whilst making sure not too much strain is put upon any one exercise session. Excess weight must be avoided to prevent joint problems or more serious heart and lung issues.
Special Grooming Needs:
These big dogs have a wiry coat that requires regular brushing once or twice per week so as to maintain a clean healthy coat without matting of any kind. Bathing can also be done periodically but should not exceed more than once every 4-6 weeks ideally with the dog shampoo in order for it not to lose its natural oils.
Irish Wolfhounds are generally well-behaved but still require obedience training from an early age and need consistency in their daily routines by trainers, including potty training, leash etiquette, basic commands like sit & stay etcetera prior any specific breed characteristics such as hunting instincts exhibited depending on individual preferences.
Compatibility with Children/Pets:
Irish Wolfhounds get along great with children especially those over five years old due to their gentle nature which is beneficial for younger ones who may pull tails or ears unconsciously thus unintentionally causing discomfort for these giant pets while living together. As for other pets, if there is mutual respect amongst them they can easily coexist.
As one might expect from such a large breed having peculiar personality traits will vary among individual Irish Wolfhound dogs depending on upbringing, socialization skills learned during puppyhood and other factors unique unto themselves such as being playful yet somewhat lazy around people/children compared to alertness regarding strangers visiting at home all while remaining calm demeanor overall making them ideal companions even under extreme circumstances e.g earthquakes/tsunami warnings/etcetera
There are many famous examples of this magnificent breed throughout history dating back several centuries ago when they were first used by Irish warriors whereas now we know how household names like Winston Churchill loved spending time with his favorite pup Rufus in London town meetings often seen cuddling up next him! Additionally Taras Bulba was a 1962 film that featured an Irish Wolfhound and many other famous movies have included this breed including My Dog Skip, Great Expectations and others. Lastly, the late Steve Jobs of Apple Inc used to take walks frequently in Palo Alto’s Central Park with his Irish Wolfhound before work hours started each day!