Irish Wolfhound


Maple Heights, United States

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12×19 grey paper, graphite with white charcoal. Original is available.

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The Irish Wolfhound is a breed of dog (a sighthound) bred to hunt. The name originates from its purpose (wolf hunting) rather than from its appearance. These dogs are accepted as the tallest breed of dog in the world. The arguments as to whether the “largest” dog should refer to the height or the weight of the breed have their basis in these points of contention.
Appearance They have a swift pace and very keen eyesight and a rough coat (grey, wheaten, brindle, red, black, pure white, brown, or fawn, though wheaten and grey are the most common colors), a large box-shaped head, and a long, muscular neck. They have a somewhat greyhound-shaped body, but larger. They average up to 90 cm (34 inches) at the withers, a fact that sometimes is its biggest disadvantage when attracting owners who have no concern for its special needs. As with all breeds, the ideal and accepted measurements vary somewhat from one standard to another, and there will always be individuals whose size falls outside these standards. However, generally breeders aim for a height averaging 85 to 90 centimeters (33 to 36 inches) in males, 5 to 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches) less for females. Acceptable weight minimums range from 55 kg (120 lb.) for males and 48 kg (105lb.) for females. Males, however, can weigh up to 180 lbs (82 kg). Though the pups may look adult at the age of 7 months, they are not considered mature until the age of 18-22 months depending the breeder.

Irish wolfhounds don’t live long lives. The average life expectancy is 6 to 8 years. Dilated cardiomyopathy and bone cancer are the leading cause of death and like all deep-chested dogs, gastric torsion (bloat) is also common, as well as hereditary portosystemic shunt. (information from Wikipedia)

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