Irish WolfHound

The Irish Wolfhound is very big sized dog and its coat is somewhat messy. The height of this big dog is around eighty-one to eighty six centimeters, and the length of its body should be in proportion with its height. It's actually the tallest of all dogs. This dog has excellent eyesight, and its strength and speed are impressive. Its head is somewhat longish with a somewhat wide skull; its nose is long but should not look pointy. In general its head should not look too lightweight or too heavyweight. Its ears are smell and they hang towards the back, they bend when in rest and lift slightly when the dog is excited. This dogs neck is pretty long, well arched and should not have any loose skin on it or dewlap. It has a long chest, and its back is long, it shouldn't look short by any means. The tail is long, and slightly curves. Its stomach should be somewhat retracted. The front legs strong be quite straight and should have a strong bone structure. The elbows must be under the body; its legs should look muscular and long. The coat of this dog is wiry, thick, and abundant and should be longer over its ears and under its chin. Its feet are pretty big and round. The colors of this dog are grey, grayish blue, red, black, white, tawny, and yellowish.

Ideal owner:
Irish Wolfhounds have very good temperaments, are happy and cheerful and protective and obedient. Obviously anyone looking into getting one of these enormous sized dogs must take into account the amount of space this dog requires. This dog needs to be able to run around and do exercise. However it can be inside a smaller sized house as it does enjoy being inside and is very balanced and quite. The amount it needs to get fed is less than one would think despite its large size. Children really like this dog and it gets along just fine with them, but do keep in mind that it is a big dog and that it is not very conscious of its big size and can be quite rough especially during play time. Its not an aggressive dog though and likes to please its owner.

The litter of these dogs is usually small. The average birth weight is around 750 grams in the case of males and a little less in the case of the females. A puppy should weigh around eleven kilograms at eight weeks of age. Puppies grow fairly quickly so they need to be adequately fed and exercise is vital during its growing years. This dog should not be kept in a crate, it should be allowed to run around freely, and obviously you can let it do this outside, not inside the house. The Irish Wolfhound needs a good healthy diet however it might lose its interest in eating during its growing spurts. The owner must make sure it gets the necessary vital nutrients though. Breeders suggest feeding it five times a day during the first year of its life until it reaches its full height. Full maturity is not reaches until it is three or four years old. During adolescence its coat will become rough to the touch and might change color completely but its ears should stay their natural color. The owner of this dog must make sure to train it and teach it to socialize.

General health:
Unfortunately this breed can have a lot of serious health problems. Since they grow very rapidly it is vital they get the necessary nutrients and diet; the breeder or veterinarian should prescribe their diet. Hip dysphasia, metabolic bone diseases and other bone and articulation problems are pretty frequent in this breed. A puppy Irish Wolfhound should not be put inside a crate, it needs space to run around and this will also help to prevent certain skeletal problems. Lesions on its tail and sinusitis are more frequent in this breed than in others. The biggest worry of breeders is the short life span of these dogs, which is around five or six years, in females it is around six to seven years. Stomach torsion, cancer, and cardiac disease usually cause death. An adequate diet and exercise is necessary to reduce the risk of stomach torsion. Keep in mind that studies and investigation of the different lineages can limit the incidence of cancer and other diseases. So study up on it. Self-medicating a Wolfhound requires special knowledge and is not suggested, it can be very dangerous. This breed is also prone to rhinitis.

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