Irish Wolfhound – The Gentle Giant
The name “Gentle Giant” is used to describe the breed because it is gentle and kind. It doesn’t have a mean or aggressive personality like other breeds. They are very affectionate dogs, but they don’t bite unless provoked. Their behavior makes them popular with children and families. However, their gentleness comes at a price: they’re not good with other animals such as cats or small kids (or even adults).
Their coat is short and silky. Its color varies from white to black. They’re usually between 5 and 7 inches tall when fully grown, though some are larger than others. They weigh around 30 pounds when full grown, but can grow up to 40 pounds during their lifetime!
They’re born with a distinctive wavy pattern on their backsides, which gradually disappears over time. These markings make them stand out among other dogs of the same breed.
Irish Wolfhound Temperament
Irish Wolfhounds are loyal and loving, but they can be stubborn and independent. They’re good family pets, but they need a firm hand to train them. If left unsupervised, they may become destructive or aggressive toward strangers. They require a lot of exercise; if left alone too long, they’ll get bored and want more freedom.
The Gentle Giant is a very quiet dog unless it’s excited about something. When they’re barking, they don’t make a lot of noise. Owners of the breed say that one bark from this creature is louder than ten barks from other breeds. If you’re thinking about buying one, be aware that their large size can cause property damage (such as knocking over trash cans). Always make sure you have a large yard or space.
Irish Wolfhound Grooming
The breed’s coat needs minimal care. Owners don’t need to brush or comb it often, but they should be careful when doing so to prevent breakage. The hair is especially susceptible to matting around the head and shoulders. It’s best to only bathe them when necessary because frequent bathing can dry out their skin and make it more prone to itching.
Irish Wolfhound Training
These creatures are very independent and need a lot of discipline. They need to be trained at an early age because they can become destructive if not given enough attention. If you’re thinking about getting one, it’s best to enroll it in obedience classes when it’s a puppy. Without proper training, they may become unmanageable.
Irish Wolfhound History
The origins of this breed are unclear. In 1014, King Brian Boru (Bruin) brought them to Ireland. They’ve been in Ireland ever since, and were bred with Greyhounds to make them faster hunters. It’s believed that they were used during the Civil War and World War I as messenger, carrying, and pulling dogs. During World War II, many of them served as sentries for military bases.
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The Irish Wolfhound by A Kane – 2012 – i5 Publishing
THE Irish Wolfhound Foundation by GA Graham – 1885 – books.google.com
The Poet’s Dog by A Wolfhound, C Carol – 2010 – iwfoundation.org
Lucky Button by C Morpurgo – The School Librarian, 2018 – search.proquest.com
Veterinary medical guide to dog and cat breeds by S Breslin – The School Librarian, 2018 – search.proquest.com
Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds by J Bell, K Cavanagh, L Tilley, FWK Smith – 2012 – books.google.com