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Irish Wolfhounds were originally developed in Ireland where they were used to hunt wolf and elk. Male Irish Wolfhounds should stand at least 32 inches at the shoulder and weigh at least 120 pounds. Female Irish Wolfhounds should stand at least 30 inches at the shoulder and weigh at least 105 pounds. Their coarse coats come in a variety of colors. Irish Wolfhounds are sweet, gentle-natured dogs. They take well to training and generally aim to please. Despite their intimidating size, these dogs are generally not good watchdogs.
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Potential Health Problems*
*Just because a condition is associated with a specific breed does not mean that all dogs of this breed will be affected. Likewise, a dog may be impacted by diseases and conditions not listed under his or her breed.