Irish Wolfoodles, or just Wolfoodles, are a combination of the majestic Irish Wolfhound and the fancy Standard Poodle. Irish Wolfhounds are considered the tallest dog in the world. Despite their imposing height, they are friendly and affectionate.
Poodles are medium-sized dogs, so combining the two breeds results in a large dog with an interesting textured coat. Wolfhounds have wiry coats, while Poodles have luxurious curly fur. The fur of the Wolfoodle is somewhere in the middle; long, wavy fur that requires regular grooming.
As you can imagine, Wolfoodles need a lot of room and exercise to stay healthy, mentally and physically. Poodles and Irish Wolfhounds are known to be very intelligent, but also very stubborn. That means you will have to be consistent and firm when training, but also kind.
Many people live in the same town for years without exploring what their town is all about. If you live in a dog-friendly town or city, bring your pup along to play tourists for a day. Businesses such as wineries, breweries, home improvement shops and boardwalks usually allow leashed dogs to come inside with their owner.
A big dog like an Irish Wolfoodle is bound to get a lot of stares and questions. If Fido is friendly (which they should be for this activity to succeed), put them in a “Pet Me” vest, so people aren’t intimidated by your pup’s height.
Despite their giant stature, Wolfoodles don’t need as much exercise as their size would imply. Furthermore, they can’t be out in the elements (especially heat) for long periods of time. If you want an activity that will give your pup some exercise and fresh air, a brisk 20-minute walk will suffice.
You’ve heard the saying, “the best things in life are free.” Well, so are walks! It should be a breeze because you’ve been training your dog to walk nicely on a leash since they were a not-very-small-pup, right? If not, good luck walking your mini-horse.
Keep in mind that your dog's instincts are as a hunter, so watch out of small animals they might see as prey.
If you have friends or relatives who have dogs, have them bring the all the pups over for a doggy sleepover. It is a great way to socialize your Wolfoodle while giving them the exercise they need. Close supervision of the dogs is necessary to smooth things over if they get too overzealous.
Irish Wolfoodles are dogs who love being indoors with their people. They shouldn’t be left alone or outside for long periods of time. They generally get along well with new people and other dogs. However, they need to be taught socialization skills, not to jump, and other basic commands.
These training sessions will go easier if your pup is well-exercised before the training. A brisk walk or a longer walk touring your town’s tourist attractions are two activities that will tire Fido out so the two of you can enjoy cuddling up at home and watching a movie. Woolfoodles love to cuddle.