The Irish Wolfhound is one of the oldest recorded breed’s of dogs. Records of it's the existence  go back to 1st century Ireland where they were bred for war. The Irish initially named these dogs Cu Faoil, or the Irish Wolfdogge. These large shaggy haired dogs were often used by farmers to protect their livestock and guard their homes. In early Irish times, Wolfhounds were used to hunt boar and deer to provide much needed food. They were also used to capture and kill predators like the coyote and the now extinct Irish wolf from where it gets its name.

During the early historical conflicts in England , Wolfhounds were trained for war and their job was to catch armoured knights on horseback, and separate them from their horse. After the conflicts in England ceased, Irish Wolfhounds became known as the dog of royalty and were transported around the world to be the guardian dogs of Kings and Queens. 


In the mid nineteenth century when the Wolfhound had all but disappeared from regular civilian life, a gentleman named Captain Graham sought to reintroduce us to this spectacular breed. Of course in seeking to save this breed, Captain Graham did alter the genetics of the traditional Irish Wolfhound. The most noticeable difference of the modern day Irish Wolfhound are the variety of colours that now exist. This is believed to be a result of Captain Graham rebreeding the dog with the Great Dane, Deerhound and the Borzoi amongst others.

Traditionally a rather aggressive but loyal dog, this more modern species of Irish Wolfhound are more noted for their calm even temperament. The Irish motto for the Wolfhound is as follows, gentle when stroked. fierce when provoked. The Gentle Giant.


Am I fit for an Irish Wolfhound?

Thou imposing, the Irish Wolfhound is gentle and caring off nature. Easy to befriend and a real family dog. They require a medium to large yard and the occasional walk. Their coat is shaggy and with a quick weekly brush you can easily reduce the loss off hairs indoors to a minimum. Once, preferably twice, a year the dead hairs are plucked. 

They have a moderate intelligence thou learn quick. Loyal to their handler but their strength is not be underestimated.

A true childrens' friend?

Is the Irish Wolfhound a true childrens' friend? Yes, despite their imposing size they are some of the most gentle and caring dogs. They posses a gentle soul and show genuine patience and care towards children.


Ben ik geschikt voor een Ier?

Hoewel imposant, de Ierse wolfshond beschikt over een lief en rustig karakter. Een aanhankelijke hond en een echt lid van de familie. Ze hebben wel enige ruimte nodig en de occasionele wandeling. Hun vacht is ruwharig en met een wekelijkse snelle kambeurt, kan je het verlies van haren binnenshuis gemakkelijk beperken. Jaarlijks, ideaal tweejaarlijks, dienen hun dode haren geplukt te worden, dus niet getrimd.

Ze hebben een gemiddelde intelligentie maar leren snel. Loyaal naar hun baasjes maar hun kracht is niet te onderschatten.

Een echte kindervriend?

Is de Ierse Wolfshond een echte kindervriend? Ja, ondanks hun imposante verschijning hebben ze een stabiele en zachte aard. Ze bezitten een zachtaardige ziel en tonen geduld en zorg naar kinderen toe. 



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