Great Wolfhound

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120-150 lbs
27-32"
United States
Great Pyrenees
Irish Wolfhound

The Great Wolfhound is a mix between the Great Pyrenees and the Irish Wolfhound.  Your Great Wolfhound will be a large to giant size dog  and his coat will be dense and medium to long in length.  The shedding level will be moderate to high, so regular brushing is necessary. They are highly intelligent, loyal and faithful.  The Great Wolfhound is also protective of his family, which makes him a good watch dog.  Both parent breeds are good with children. His Irish Wolfhound side may make him territorial toward other dogs. Because he is a large dog, he must be supervised with small children though the Great Wolfhound is a wonderful family dog. This hybrid will do best in a home with a large fenced in yard in which to play and explore.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhound

Great Wolfhound Health

Average Size
Male Great Wolfhound size stats
Height: 27-35 inches Weight: 120-150 lbs
Female Great Wolfhound size stats
Height: 27-32 inches Weight: 120-150 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Atopy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Bone Biopsy
  • Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time (BMBT)
  • Allergy Testing
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Great Wolfhound Breed History

It is believed that the Great Pyrenees is an ancient working breed that originated in Central Asia or Siberia. They migrated with shepherds and their herds of sheep into the Pyrenees Mountains around 3000 B.C.  This breed is named after this mountain range. In the United States they are called Great Pyrenees. In France, they are called Le Chien des Pyrenees, which translate to the dog of Pyrenees.  They were loyal companions and hard-working dogs, protecting the sheep from predators. They would bark and charge the predator to alert the shepherd that the sheep were in danger. The Great Pyrenees was lovingly called “pastou” by the shepherds, which means pasture in old French. The first pair of Great Pyrenees were brought to the United States in 1824 by General Lafayette and J.S Skinner. A breeding program was established in 1931 by Mr. and Mrs. Francis V. Crane who founded the Basquaerie Kennels in Needham, Massachusetts. The Great Pyrenees was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in February 1933. Today, the Great Pyrenees is still a working dog as well as a companion. They work as therapy dogs on farms and ranches and as search and rescue heroes. The Irish Wolfhound is an ancient breed.  There is mention of them as early as 7000 B.C. There are Irish laws and literature that mention the Irish Wolfhound. Wolfhounds were bred as hunting and guard dogs. The Irish Wolfhound would hunt wolves and elk, working in packs. They were called “Cú Faoil”, which is Celtic for Irish Wolfhound. The Irish Wolfhound almost became extinct because of less game in the countryside and because of the Great Irish Famine (1845-1852). In 1862, a Scotsman named Captain George Augustus Graham dedicated his life to save the breed from extinction. He bred the remaining Irish Wolfhounds with the Scottish Deerhound, Great Dane, Russian Wolfhound and the Great Pyrenees. The English Kennel Club recognized the Irish Wolfhound in 1925. The Irish Wolfhound was officially recognized by the AKC in 1897. Today’s Irish Wolfhounds excel in the sport of lure coursing and trails. Lure coursing is a sport for sight hounds, which uses a mechanical lure.

Great Wolfhound Breed Appearance

The Great Wolfhound is a hybrid between the Great Pyrenees and the Irish Wolfhound. Your puppy may have characteristics from both breeds. He will be a large to giant dog with dense, wiry medium to long hair.  The color of his coat may be white, fawn, gray, black, brindle or red. The Great Wolfhound will be a strong and muscular dog though his body may be lean and tall like the Irish Wolfhound. The ears of your hybrid may be drop ears and prick up when he is excited. He may have a narrow muzzle. Typically, the eyes are almond-shaped and dark brown. The eye rims, nose and lips are black. The tail is usually plumed and carried low.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Great Wolfhound eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Great Wolfhound nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Great Wolfhound coat
White
fawn Great Wolfhound coat
Fawn
gray Great Wolfhound coat
Gray
black Great Wolfhound coat
Black
brindle Great Wolfhound coat
Brindle
red Great Wolfhound coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Great Wolfhound wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Great Wolfhound Breed Maintenance

The Great Wolfhound may have a medium to long dense coat which needs to be brushed daily. The Great Wolfhound should be washed with a mild shampoo every few months.  If your Great Wolfhound has a long coat he may need to be occasionally trimmed by a professional groomer.  His ears should be cleaned with an ear wash monthly.  To prevent tartar build-up his teeth should be brush several times a week.  His nails may need to be trimmed monthly; it is recommended that his nails be trimmed as a puppy so that he gets used to the practice.  A dog’s toenails have blood vessels in them so you must be careful not to cut too far down. If you train your puppy to accept the routine when young, he will cooperate, making the chance of injury minimal.

Brushes for Great Wolfhound
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Great Wolfhound requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Great Wolfhound Temperament

The Great Wolfhound will have the personality and character traits of both his parents. As a puppy, he will be more energetic and playful although exuberant jumping must be discouraged. When he is an adult he will be more laid back. He will be dependable and loving with his family but may be overly protective.  It is important for him to have early obedience training and socialization with other dogs and strangers. His Irish Wolfhound side may bring out separation anxiety which can be expressed through chewing and vocalization such as howling and barking. This gentle giant loves to spend time with his owners. The Great Wolfhound is an intelligent, gentle, and affectionate dog.  They can be a little stubborn so patience, a firm but encouraging hand,  and daily consistent training is a must.

Great Wolfhound Activity Requirements

Your Great Wolfhound will have a low to moderate energy level. He will enjoy daily walks and playtime in the backyard. Additionally, your Great Wolfhound may appreciate visiting a dog park. Dog parks can also be beneficial for socializing your puppy with other dogs.  Play should be limited during high temperatures. His energy levels will be higher when he is a puppy but because he is a large breed he'll grow fast, so it is important for him not to overdo activities. Excessive exercise for a growing large breed puppy can cause damage to his joints and bones. When he gets older he may want to be a couch potato but daily exercise is essential to prevent obesity.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Great Wolfhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.75 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00

Great Wolfhound Owner Experiences

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