Non-sporting Breeds

Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 32 in (80cm) minimum Bitch: 30 in (75cm) minimum 32-34 in (80-85cm) to be aimed for
Weight: Dog: 120 lb (54.5kg) Bitch: 105 lb (48kg)
Coat: Rough and harsh
Color: Gray, steel gray, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn, or wheaten

The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog in the world, and the national dog of lreland. Bred to kill wolves, it is thought to be descended from dogs brought by the Celts as they spread across Europe from Greece, which they invaded in about 279 BC, to Ireland. The Irish Wolfhound is a breed that many people would choose to own if only their lifestyle and house size enabled them to. However, the Wolfhound does not require more exercise than average-sized breeds, and although it can be kenneled outdoors, it has a calm temperament, and many of these giants have a place by the fireside. The breed is popular in the show ring, and since it is exhibited in what is deemed a "natural state," brushing and the removal of straggly hairs are all the preparation that is required.
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