Irish Wolf Schnauzer

70-140 lbs
Giant Schnauzer
Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolf Schnauzer is a mix between an Irish Wolfhound and a Giant Schnauzer. It is often referred to as the Giant Irish Wolf Schnauzer. Common colors of the parent breeds are black, salt and pepper, grey, brindle, red, white, or fawn. A Giant Schnauzer has a wiry, hard and dense coat and the Irish Wolfhound’s is rough and hard. Your pet is likely to need moderate maintenance as both parent breeds do, with the Irish Wolfhound shedding a bit more than a Giant Schnauzer. The Irish Wolfhound is a calm, dignified, courageous dog and not at all aggressive, whereas the Giant Schnauzer can be somewhat aggressive with other dogs and is not recommended for families with small children. Both parent breeds are good companion pets and working dogs, with the Giant Schnauzer used in the police or military and the Irish Wolfhound as therapy dogs.

purpose Purpose
Companion, Working Dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Giant Schnauzer, Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolf Schnauzer Health

Average Size
Male Irish Wolf Schnauzer size stats
Height: 28-30 inches Weight: 70-150 lbs
Female Irish Wolf Schnauzer size stats
Height: 27-28 inches Weight: 70-140 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Bloat
  • Liver Shunts
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Thyroid Testing
  • Cardiac Test

Irish Wolf Schnauzer Breed History

The Irish Wolf Schnauzer is a combination of a Giant Schnauzer and an Irish Wolfhound. The Giant Schnauzer was developed in Germany as one of the three distinct Schnauzer breeds, Miniature, Standard and Giant. The Giant Schnauzer is thought to have been created by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with the black Great Dane and possibly the Bouvier des Flandres. They were bred as farm dogs and later used as guard dogs, often in breweries. In Germany they were used by the police and as military dogs in both world wars and are still used as working dogs today. Giant Schnauzers first arrived in America in the 1930s and were registered by the American Kennel Club in 1930. The Giant Schnauzer Club of America was founded in 1962. The Irish Wolfhound parent is considered an ancient breed with evidence pointing to their existence as far back as 391 AD. Hunters of large game, these powerful canines were almost lost to extinction in the 1800s. The efforts of a British army captain by the name of Captain George Augustus Graham strengthened the breed and grew the numbers once again. A member of the American Kennel Club since 1897, the breed has lineage including the majestic Great Dane and Scottish Deerhound.

Irish Wolf Schnauzer Breed Appearance

The Irish Wolf Schnauzer is a mix between an Irish Wolfhound and a Giant Schnauzer. Common colors of the parent breeds include black, salt and pepper, grey, brindle, red, white, or fawn. The coat is likely to be wiry, rough, hard and dense. Both parent breeds are large muscular dogs with the Irish Wolfhound being the tallest of all dog breeds but gracefully built. They have dark eyes often covered by hair and small, Greyhound-like ears. The tail is long and slightly curved whereas the Giant Schnauzer’s is usually docked. The Giant Schnauzer is also muscular with a distinct beard and eyebrows. They have oval shaped eyes which are dark brown and deep-set and tails that are usually docked. Your Irish Wolf Schnauzer will be a beautiful mix of the two with a long muzzle that could be either pointed or square, depending on parental influence. He will be a strong dog with an assured gait and a friendly demeanor.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Irish Wolf Schnauzer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Irish Wolf Schnauzer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Irish Wolf Schnauzer coat
blue Irish Wolf Schnauzer coat
brindle Irish Wolf Schnauzer coat
cream Irish Wolf Schnauzer coat
gray Irish Wolf Schnauzer coat
red Irish Wolf Schnauzer coat
silver Irish Wolf Schnauzer coat
white Irish Wolf Schnauzer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Irish Wolf Schnauzer wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Irish Wolf Schnauzer Breed Maintenance

The Irish Wolf Schnauzer is likely to need moderate maintenance but typically does not shed excessively. The Irish Wolfhound sheds more than the Giant Schnauzer who is hypoallergenic unlike the Irish Wolfhound so your pet could be either, depending on which parent breed is more dominant. Your pet should be brushed weekly and bathed only occasionally. The Irish Wolf Schnauzer may need trimming around the eyebrows, beard and on the body if he takes after his Schnauzer parent or if more like the Wolfhound he may need trimming on the mane and the body hair can be stripped by hand or with a stripping knife. Try to brush your dog’s teeth daily to prevent any dental issues and check ears for dirt. If necessary, wipe them gently with damp cotton wool. Nails also need to be checked to see if they need clipping.

Brushes for Irish Wolf Schnauzer
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Irish Wolf Schnauzer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Irish Wolf Schnauzer Temperament

An Irish Wolf Schnauzer is likely to be an intelligent, loyal companion dog like both parent breeds who are also fairly easy to train but can be stubborn at times so should be socialized and trained early, but always using positive reinforcement as they are quite sensitive. Often referred to as a gentle giant, the Irish Wolfhound gets along well with children, other dogs and cats, more so than a Giant Schnauzer who can be aggressive with other dogs and cats. Despite its history as a ferocious war dog, the modern variety is gentle and not regarded as a good watchdog as often doesn’t bark at strangers. But if there is any real danger, they are regarded as fearless. They love nothing better than to be with their families and don’t like being left alone for any length of time. The Irish Wolf Schnauzer is very protective of his family and wary of strangers but is a playful, energetic dog. 

Irish Wolf Schnauzer Activity Requirements

The Irish Wolf Schnauzer will need 60 to 90 minutes of daily exercise at the minimum. A dog who likes to keep busy and needs to expend energy, a brisk walk or a session at the dog park is ideal. Allow him the opportunity to excel at obedience and practise his social skills at the same time. Your Irish Wolf Schnauzer needs a secure yard space in which to stretch and run; keep him company while outside so that he doesn’t get into mischief.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Irish Wolf Schnauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$2.50 - $3.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00
food bag monthly cost

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