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YOU ARE THINKING OF SHARING YOUR LIFE WITH AN IRISH WOLFHOUND, PLEASE
READ THIS SECTION COMPREHENSIVELY
The decision of having a dog (any
dog) has to be assessed with responsibility because it is a lifetime
commitment (for the entire life of the dog); but the decision of living
with a giant breed needs double consideration because, although it has
many rewards, it is much more complicated and demanding than living with
a small breed. There are a number of things in your lifestyle that you
must be willing to give up or readapt so that your life with your giant
friend is happy and a rewarding experience for the two of you.
There are many breeds of dogs, and
not all the breeds are for everybody. An Irish Wolfhound will require
that you make a big space for him/her in your life; of course the
compensation comes also in large amounts...
What follows is comprehensive
information about daily living with an Irish Wolfhound that you may find
relevant so as to make an informed decision about whether or not this is
a breed for you:
1) SPECIAL CARE DURING THE
FIRST YEAR: The Irish Wolfhound is a generally a coarse
dog, it doesn’t require great amounts of daily care but due to their
giant size and their exponential growth rate, it will require special
care during its first year. They cannot run long distances or take long
walks, jump or climb stairs because they can seriously injure their
joints and bones, which are still fragile due to the quick growth rate.
They need a quiet place to sleep without being disturbed; this is
because the formidable growth they experiment at this age demands lots
of energy, which they need to recover. Also, they need to eat at least
three times a day.
2) SOCIALIZING AND COMPANY:
This is not a breed that enjoys spending long periods of time alone. If
your Wolfhound will have to spend long periods of the day without the
company of human beings, he/she may benefit from the company of other
canine pals. The Irish Wolfhound is a very sensitive being and needs to
relate closely with people; an adequate socialization is vital in order
to develop its affectionate personality which is a characteristic of the
breed. Although he is warm and loving, he is at the same time
independent and absolutely not annoying.
3) HOUSE BREAKING:
Almost all puppies (of any breed) go through a destructive phase in
which they tear everything that they find in their way; that period
generally ends at one year of age.
Irish Wolfhounds do not destroy
more than other breeds do, but they destroy in direct relation to their
size. My hounds have pulled out a young tree from the garden and took it
around the yard as if it were a little toy!!!
These are dogs that need big spaces. They need enough space to run and
stroll around freely (although during the first year the physical
activity will be restricted) and in case the place where they live is
not big enough, they will need daily long walks. The Irish
Wolfhound is a hound and therefore needs to run and exercise in order to
build up and strengthen their muscles so as to have a healthy physical
condition. Also, a huge dog in a small space will be a nuisance, you
will run into a mass of dog at every step you make; there will have to
be enough space so that the dog doesn’t bother you and you don’t
bother the dog. They can sleep inside the house or in a properly
conditioned place outdoors (they tolerate well low (not extreme)
5) THE CAR:
If you plan to go out with your family and the dog, you will probably
need to change your car. An adult Irish Wolfhound barely fits from door
to door, lying down on the back sit of a medium size car.
As any other giant breed, Irish Wolfhounds have an important
daily food intake; they will eat around 1 kg a day. Also, due to the
exponential growth they experiment during their first year, it is vital
that they are fed with the best quality food, especially formulated for
giant breeds. In some cases
they may need additional supplementation for bones and joints (please
discuss this with your vet)
7) LIFE SPAN:
As any other giant breed, Irish Wolfhounds have a short lifespan;
they will live for an average of 8 years. During old age, he/she may
need special care, more frequent visits to the vet and possibly some
veterinary treatment. Remember that veterinary treatments are usually
more expensive the larger the dog.
8) BASIC OBEDIENCE
TRAINING: Although Irish Wolfhounds are docile and learn fast,
they will need basic training from an early age, especially because it
is important that they learn to walk on a leash, responds to basic
orders and allow you to inspect their whole body, including mouth an
teeth, trim nails etc. before they get too big for you to be able to
control them. It will take no time before you find yourself with a 60 Kg
giant (maybe 9 or 10 months) and then it will be much more difficult to
manipulate him/her in order to teach him/her the basic tasks and to
inspect its body or go through the basic hygiene and health procedures.
This is a dog that learns fast with positive encouragement. He/she will
do everything to content its owner. These are very keen and sensitive
dogs, but don’t expect the tireless energy of a Labrador.
9) GUARD DOG:
The Irish Wolfhound is not a guard dog. Its size may well discourage an
intruder but do not expect an aggressive behaviour from them.
These dogs are very good and extremely patient with children. Adult
Wolfhounds are soft and, despite their size they move very carefully
around kids; however you must not forget that they are very big and an
impetuous puppy may well push a baby and make him fall.
Then, please give us a call or send
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Occasionally we have puppies or adults for adoption.
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