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Breed: Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound is a sight hound.
They are believed to have helped clear Ireland of wolves.
Irish Wolfhounds are well proportioned and big!
It is common for them to reach 28-31 inches at the withers.
They usually weigh between 90 and 120 pounds.
But they can get much bigger. An Irish Wolfhound named Floyd av Krooden, born in 1968, was 38 inches high at the withers and weighed 189 pounds!
They have a long muzzle and a long neck.
Their coat is rough and shaggy and comes in shades of grey.
Irish Wolfhounds require regular brushing.
They are susceptible to bloat. It is important to follow the correct feeding regime to prevent this possibly life-threatening illness.
The puppies grow rapidly. They must be raised carefully -- not over- or underfed, nor exercised too much.
Unfortunately, Irish Wolfhounds are not especially long-lived.
They need regular exercise when adult.
They are fast runners.
Irish Wolfhounds are dignified, kind, and gentle.