Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer

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45-110 lbs
United States
Standard Schnauzer
Irish Wolfhound

The Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer is a designer dog and is a mix between an Irish Wolfhound and a Standard Schnauzer. They are intelligent, affectionate dogs who make great family pets. They get on very well with children and other pets and will enjoy being part of a multi-dog household. These dogs don’t do well being left for long periods and need a family where someone is home most of the day. They also need to be included in the family activities. The exuberance of the Standard Schnauzer combined with the more laid back nature of the Irish Wolfhound usually results in an energetic dog, but one who doesn’t need very strenuous exercise. Common colors may include black, salt and pepper, grey, red, white and fawn. Their coat is likely to be rough and wiry.

Date of Origin
Standard Schnauzer, Irish Wolfhound

Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer Health

Average Size
Height: 24-28 inches Weight: 50-115 lbs
Height: 22-26 inches Weight: 45-110 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Pancreatitis
Minor Concerns
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cataracts
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Bladder Stones
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Liver Shunts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Diabetes
Occasional Tests
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays
  • Hip
  • Blood and Urine Protein Screens

Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer Breed History

The Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer is a hybrid breed and is a combination of a purebred Standard Schnauzer and a purebred Irish Wolfhound. The Standard Schnauzer is the oldest and the original prototype of the three Schnauzer breeds which also include the Miniature Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer. They are recognized by their arched eyebrows, bushy whiskers and moustache. They were bred as ratters around the 15th century in Germany and their name comes from the  German word “schnauze,” which means snout. Schnauzer-like dogs are believed to have been around as early as the 14th century. The ancestors of these dogs were thought to be a cross between the black German Poodle and grey Wolfspitz with wirehaired Pinschers. A standard for the Standard Schnauzer first appeared in 1880. These dogs have a long history of being working dogs and were used by the Germany army and the police. They first came to the United States in the early 1900s and the Schnauzer Club of America was formed in 1925.  The Irish Wolfhound was developed as a war hound although these days he is a gentle giant who loves children and is not aggressive at all. They are the tallest of all dog breeds and are also known for their shaggy eyebrows and gentle expression. The name comes from when they did hunt wolves and they were highly regarded in battle where they used to pull men down from horses or chariots. The Irish used them to guard their homes and protect their stock. During the English Conquest of Ireland, only the nobility were allowed to own Irish Wolfhounds. They were often given as gifts and many were exported to European royal houses. Breeders including Major H. D. Richardson and Captain George Augustus Graham are credited with making sure that numbers increased. The ancestors of the modern Wolfhound include Glengarry Deerhounds, Borzoi, and Tibetan Mastiffs. The first Irish Wolfhound was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1897.

Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer Breed Appearance

The Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer is a large designer dog and is a cross between a purebred Irish Wolfhound and a purebred Standard Schnauzer. Common colors may include black, salt and pepper, grey, red, white and fawn. Their coat is likely to be rough and wiry. The Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer usually weighs between 50 and 115 pounds and reaches a height of up to 28 inches. Your pet is likely to have shaggy eyebrows over dark brown eyes with an alert but gentle expression. He is also likely to have the distinctive beard of the Standard Schnauzer. Although a strong and muscular dog, he is also likely to be quite graceful.

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer Breed Maintenance

The Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer is fairly low maintenance when it comes to grooming. They may also be hypoallergenic from the Standard Schnauzer side which means they will be good dogs for those who suffer from allergies. They are likely to only shed moderately and a weekly brushing should be more than enough to keep them looking good and to remove any loose hair. Your pet may need trimming around the eyebrows, beard and on the body. These dogs don’t have a strong doggy odor so bathing frequently is not recommended as it can dry the skin out. The face may need to be cleaned after meals to prevent any food sticking in the hair. Brush the teeth a few times a week to keep the teeth healthy. You can clip your pet’s nails every few weeks if they don’t wear down from day to day exercise.

Brushes for Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer Temperament

A Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer is an affectionate, intelligent dog who does best when he spends a lot of time with his family. These dogs are sensitive and don’t do well being left out in a yard so are best for people who will devote time to their dog. The Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer is gentle and gets on very well with children and other dogs but early socialization and training is always a good idea. These dogs are loyal and protective of their families. They can be a bit wary of strangers and will always bark to alert you if a stranger approaches. They are quite easy to train and will be very responsive to lots of praise and positive reinforcement. But they can have a stubborn side from the Standard Schnauzer so patience may be needed. They are recommended for those who do have some experience with dogs. They are energetic dogs but don’t need a very strenuous exercise regimen, although they do require a fair amount of activity daily.

Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer Activity Requirements

The Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer will need quite a bit of exercise to keep fit and healthy. He will love joining you for long walks to the beach or dog park but make sure he is on a leash on your way there so that he doesn’t take off after smaller dogs. The Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer will love playing ball games and will do best in a house that has a fenced in garden area in which he can play and explore. Make sure you don’t exercise your pet after a big meal as they do suffer from bloat. They can be quite sensitive to the heat so also try not exercise your pet in the heat of the day especially in summer.

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

Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Standard Irish Wolf Schnauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 61 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 57 lbs
12 Months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 67 lbs
Height: 20 inches Weight: 64 lbs
18 Months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 82 lbs
Height: 24 inches Weight: 77 lbs

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