Irish Wolfhound Puppies
Irish wolfhound puppies are a popular breed of dog. However, like any dog, it requires some research before getting them. Every breed of dog — and, more so, every individual dog — has its own needs, and you don’t want to rush in and get a dog you’re not ready for.
So here’s everything you need to know about the gorgeous Irish wolfhound puppies!
Where To Get Irish Wolfhound Puppies
When looking for any purebred dog, it’s difficult to find them in a shelter. While some people are committed to adopting — and that’s admirable — popular dogs aren’t often left at the shelter and, if they ever are, they get snapped up quickly. There are also breed-specific rescues you can look into, though the requirements tend to be strict. Via Gryff…
The most likely place to get an Irish wolfhound is a breeder. While there’s nothing wrong with buying from a breeder, you should always make sure you’re doing so ethically. Never buy from a backyard breeder.
So what’s the difference?
An ethical breeder will health check their dogs, ensure they go to good homes, enforce spay/neuter contracts, and be upfront and honest about their dogs and any questions you have. Backyard breeders have the following red flags:
- No shot records for puppies or vet checks
- Don’t want to meet at their home
- No information about the parents
- No contract in place
Make sure you avoid them.
It can be tempting to get an Irish wolfhound puppy from a backyard breeder because it’s cheaper. This is because they didn’t cost much to raise, or are actually mixed with other dogs.
Irish wolfhounds are large dogs and can look intimidating! They have wide ribs and a pretty commanding stance. Their coat tends to be rough, short, and wiry. They’re very muscular, and almost have the shape of a greyhound.
Despite the fact that Irish wolfhounds are large, fast dogs who might be daunting to some, they’re very gentle. They can get up to 155lb and yet, they’re pretty easygoing and like to lounge around rather than constantly be moving!
They’re usually pretty well-behaved dogs, except they do have a penchant for chasing small animals. Make sure you keep a handle on this when outdoors, as it’s not unknown for them to take off running.
Irish wolfhounds are pretty easy to train because they’re not very stubborn. They’re devoted to their owners, as long as you keep up with their training and socialization, they should make pretty great pets.
Because of their tendency to chase other small animals, however, you should make sure they have a reliable recall. You can do this by offering a high-value treat every time they come to you when called. Start them on a long leash before ever letting them run free, as the recall can be tough to train when they latch onto something. Cheese is an ideal high-value treat for most dogs.
You can also teach them “leave it”. To do this, start with a low-value treat. Place it in front of them and whenever they try to take it, put your hand over it and say “leave it”. Whenever they draw back, give them a different, better treat from your other hand and take the low-value one away.
There’s a controversial topic amongst owners: what’s the best food to feed your dog?
You can choose to feed your Irish wolfhound raw food, wet food, or dry food. If feeding typical dog food, ensure it isn’t grain-free, which has been linked to heart disease in dogs. You may also want to look for a food specific to large breeds, as this will help with their growth.
If you choose to feed a raw diet, look into on how to prepare it or use a subscription service that does it for you. Otherwise you might miss out on some nutrients.
Irish Wolfhound Puppies’ Veterinary Needs
Puppies need shots every three weeks until they’re around sixteen to eighteen weeks old. This protects them against parvovirus, distemper, and other diseases. At the end of their series of shots, they will also be vaccinated against rabies.
After that, they will need to see a veterinarian at least once a year for a check-up and to receive booster shots. It’s important to keep up with this. Via Fox Hollow…
Like all purebred dogs, Irish wolfhound puppies do have some health conditions to watch out for. Large breed dogs can be prone to hip dysplasia, so your vet should keep an eye out for this. If buying pet insurance, you should make sure it covers things like this.
Because of their short, rough coat, Irish wolfhounds don’t require much grooming. In fact, their coat requires very little maintenance at all. The main things you need to do are clean their eyes and clip their nails every four to eight weeks. Austin…
How often you need to do it exactly depends on the dog. As a general rule, if the nails are tapping on the floor, they’re too long.
So, if you want to invite an Irish wolfhound into your home, congratulations! These dogs are big and powerful, which can put some people off, but they’re very gentle. Just make sure you get a handle on their socialization and training early, and they’ll be the most gentle companion you’ve ever known. Especially if they have a good recall and “leave it”!