The Irish Wolfhound is a historic sighthound dog breed from Ireland that has by its presence and substantial size inspired literature, poetry and mythology.
Like all sighthounds, it was used to pursue game by speed, it was also famed as a guardian dog, specializing in protection against and for the hunting of wolves.
The original dog-type was presumed extinct by most knowledgeable authors but recreated specifically for the canine fancy mainly by Captain George A. Graham in the late 19th century. The modern breed has been used by coursing hunters who have prized it for its ability to dispatch game caught by swifter sighthounds.
Recently an internet trend emerged in which owners of Irish Wolfhounds have been sharing their best pictures of them – which show how playful and lovable they are, not to mention how HUGE they can be!
They may look intimidating due their size but these pictures will have you thinking otherwise. Here are some of our favorites:
#1 Murphy At 8 Months, He’s Now 4 Years Old And 165lb
#2 Big Ron And Big Ern
#3 We Want Your Toast!
Irish Wolfhounds have a varied range of personalities and are most often noted for their personal quirks and individualism. An Irish Wolfhound, however, is rarely mindless, and despite its large size is rarely found to be destructive in the house or boisterous. This is because the breed is generally introverted, intelligent, and reserved in character. An easygoing animal, the Irish Wolfhound is quiet by nature.
#4 Throwback To When The Grass Was Green And It Was Just Her And Him
#5 My Irish Wolfhound, Sitting On Grandma’s Lap. He Has No Idea How Big He Is
An Irish Wolfhound is not a guard dog and will protect individuals rather than the house or the owner’s possessions. However independent the wolfhound is, the breed becomes attached to both owners and other dogs they are raised with and is therefore not the most adaptable of breeds. Bred for independence, an Irish Wolfhound is not necessarily keen on defending spaces. A wolfhound is most easily described by its historical motto, “gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked”.
#7 If Lincoln Can’t Be A Couch Dog Then She Will Be A Floor Person
#8 Beauty And The Beast
#9 Christmas Morning Pjs
Irish Wolfhounds are often favored for their loyalty, affection, patience and devotion. Although at some points in history they have been used as watchdogs, unlike some breeds, the Irish Wolfhound is usually unreliable in this role as they are often friendly toward strangers, although their size can be a natural deterrent. However, when protection is required this dog is never found wanting.
#10 Just A Lap Dog
#11 Gilligan Sharing A Birthday Kiss With 110 Year Old Mariette
#12 Dog-Head Is Served. Enjoy Your Meal!
Like many large dog breeds, Irish Wolfhounds have a relatively short lifespan. Published lifespan estimations vary between 6 and 10 years with 7 years being the average.
#13 My Dad, Who Always Complains About The Dogs
#14 Favorite Place To Nap
#15 Sloane Got To Sit On My Lap. He Wasn’t Excited At All…
#16 Floki. He’s Such A Sweetheart!
The Irish Wolfhound was bred for long solitary hunts based solely on the dog’s ability to visualize its landscape and perceive, unlike scent hounds (such as Bloodhounds and Beagles) who rely on scent rather than sight. For this reason, the neck of an Irish Wolfhound should be long with the head held high the majority of the time. The Irish Wolfhound should also appear to be longer than it is tall.
#17 Looks Like They’re About To Drop The Hottest Music Album Of The Year
#18 Happy And Houndy Thanksgiving!
#19 On A Walk
#20 This Is Guinness. He Just Passed Last Month At 9 Years…
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