Wolfhound Dane

120-150 lbs
Irish Wolfhound
Great Dane
Irish Dane
The statuesque Wolfhound Dane is a designer hybrid dog that is sometimes referred to as the Irish Dane. He is a mix between the Irish Wolfhound and the Great Dane. Although he is a giant, he is gentle, affectionate, and loving. His large size means that you have to have adequate room for him. This big boy stands 32 to 38 inches at the shoulders and weighs 120 to 180 pounds. In the last 20 years, the Wolfhound Dane has risen in popularity. However, the hybrid mix is thought to have been first created in the 1800s, when breeders decided to cross the two parent behemoths to create the Wolfhound Dane.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Irish Wolfhound, Great Dane

Wolfhound Dane Health

Average Size
Male Wolfhound Dane size stats
Height: 32-38 inches Weight: 120-180 lbs
Female Wolfhound Dane size stats
Height: 32-36 inches Weight: 120-150 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Eye Problems
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eye examination
  • Wellness Check
  • Full Physical Examination regarding joint movement around the hip and kneecap

Wolfhound Dane Breed History

The Wolfhound Dane is a wonderful cross that truly brings out the best in both of its parent breeds. The Irish Wolfhound has been traced back to the first century. An ancient breed, he was frequently used to hunt elk and other big game. He was also used as a dog of war. In the breed’s early days, he was referred to as Cu which translates ‘War Dog’ in Gaelic. He has also been a valued guard dog throughout history. Historically, only noblemen and royalty were allowed to own the towering dogs. Limits were also placed on how many each family could own based on the family’s status. The limits imposed on the breed made the numbers dwindle dangerously in the 1800s. Two men, referred to as  Major Richardson and Captain Graham, are credited with reviving the breed. 

They used Glengarry Deerhounds, Irish Danes, and Tibetan Mastiffs in their breeding program to create the modern Irish Wolfhound. Unlike the Irish Wolfhounds in history, the modern breed does not make a good watchdog as is not aggressive. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1950 and it was entered into the Hound Group. 

The Great Dane is an ancient breed that can be traced back to 3000 BC. The Assyrians first bred the Great Dane by breeding their dogs with the Mastiffs of Rome. In the early days, they were known as Boar Hounds because they were used to hunt boars. By the 1500s, the breed was called the English Danois. Frenchmen visiting Denmark in the 1500s started to refer to the dog as the Grand Danois. German breeders eventually took an interest in the breed and refined it from a fierce hunter to a calm, family dog. The Great Dane was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and was entered into the Working Group.

Wolfhound Dane Breed Appearance

The Wolfhound Dane is a massive breed with a large, very rectangular head. He has floppy ears and his eyes are dark and almond-shaped. His fur varies from being short like the Great Dane to longer and coarse like that of the Irish Wolfhound. He comes in a wide array of colors such as gray, blue, brown, black, white, cream golden, brindle, red, merle, speckled, spotted and salt and pepper. His tail is long and slightly curved. His feet are exceptionally large. His entire form is that of sheer, bulky muscle.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Wolfhound Dane eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wolfhound Dane nose
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
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Wolfhound Dane wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wolfhound Dane Breed Maintenance

The Wolfhound Dane requires very little maintenance. A monthly bath will usually take care of any doggy odor. His fur does not tangle or shed excessively so a weekly brushing with the slicker brush should be all that is needed to keep him looking neat and smart. If he does not receive adequate exercise to wear down his nails, then you will need to clip them every few weeks. His floppy ears should be wiped out once a week to remove any excess debris buildup. Some owners opt to brush their canine's teeth weekly to control doggy breath and prevent gum disease.

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Brushes for Wolfhound Dane
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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Wolfhound Dane requires weekly brushing
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Wolfhound Dane Temperament

The Wolfhound Dane is very docile and loving. He is a loyal giant. Despite his large size, he is gentle and gets along well with other animals. Many people might think that this intimidating breed would not make a good family pet but the opposite is true. He actually makes a wonderful family dog and adores children. Although he is not a guard dog, his imposing size is usually enough to deter any would-be burglars. He rarely barks which many people consider a bonus.

Wolfhound Dane Activity Requirements

Although the Wolfhound Dane is large, he is very mellow and does not require excessive amounts of exercise. He does benefit from a daily short walk but he does not make a good jogging companion because his body is not designed for speed or long distance running. He is not overly fond of games such as fetch or catching a frisbee. He does do well in obedience because he is always willing to please his owner. Usually, he just likes to take life slow and easy.
Activity Level
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Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Wolfhound Dane Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
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Daily Cost
$3.00 - $4.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$45.00 - $65.00
food bag monthly cost

Wolfhound Dane Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wolfhound Dane size stats at six months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 80.0 lbs
Female Wolfhound Dane size stats at six months
Height: 21.0 inches Weight: 60.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Wolfhound Dane size stats at 12 months
Height: 35.0 inches Weight: 150.0 lbs
Female Wolfhound Dane size stats at 12 months
Height: 34.0 inches Weight: 140.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Wolfhound Dane size stats at 18 months
Height: 35.0 inches Weight: 150.0 lbs
Female Wolfhound Dane size stats at 18 months
Height: 34.0 inches Weight: 140.0 lbs

Wolfhound Dane Owner Experiences

7 Months
6 People
House & Yard
Best dog I have ever owned, second to our heaven bound German Shepherd. He is so affectionate and loving with myself and the kids. He really is a gentle giant. He may seem big and intimidating, but he really is just a lovable dog.
1 year, 11 months ago
Harley Quinn
11 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Very loyal she’s attached at my hip when I’m doing anything. She is very sweet and loves attention too.
5 years, 3 months ago
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