The Irish Wolfhound is by far one of the most imposing dog breeds in the world. Their minimum height reaches 30 inches and in the minimum weight it is 105 pounds. (Our Wolfhound’s name is Saoirse, who is currently 160 pounds, seven years old, and we still lovingly refer to her as our “baby girl.”) This breed has enough speed, power, and agility to give Great Danes, Greyhounds, and all other large breeds a run for their money. The Irish Wolfhound is also a great family pet, having an unmatched kindness and a desire for attention. Simply looking at a fully-grown Wolfhound can give you the impression that you are looking at a puppy. When raised well, they are perhaps one of the best family dogs in the world.
However, Irish Wolfhounds were specifically bred to kill wolves and other large animals back in ancient times. Owning a breed with this power calls for extra care and attention during raising and training it, as those killing instincts still linger on in their blood. (Years ago, our “baby” nearly broke the neck of our Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.) So it is imperative that you train them well in order for them to be safe around other animals.
To learn more about this fantastic breed, you can visit the website of Modern Dog magazine: http://moderndogmagazine.com