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BSK Breed Index: The Irish Wolfhound

Life Span: 6-8 years

Height: 28-35 inches

Weight: 90-150 pounds

Litter Size: 3-4 puppies

Temperament: Friendly

Intelligence: High

Classification: Hound

BSK Status: Extinct


History of The Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is a very large bred of dog that have been noted to have Roman records dating to the 391 AD period. These dogs were warriors who fought alongside their owners in battle and while hunting. The Irish Wolfhound's game conisted of boar, deer, elk and the cause of the orgin in its name- wolves. At one point, the breed had lost many of its indivuduals due to the lack of game, but was eventually restored to healthier numbers.

Irish Wolfhound Fun Facts

  • The Irish Wolfhound is known as "the tallest breed of dog".
  • The Irish Wolfhound was recognized by the AKC in 1897.
  • Due to it being a large dog, this breed has a shorter lifespan than most normal dogs would have.

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