Species group: Hound Group dogs
Other name(s): Cú Faoil
The Irish Wolfhound, the tallest breed of dog in the world, is a true gentle giant. It's also one of the ancient breeds, actually mentioned by Julius Caesar himself in his 391 BC treatise The Gallic Wars. This impressive hound was used to hunt elk and wolves-- and almost went extinct itself after being instrumental in extirpating the wolf from Ireland in the 1800s. An old Gaelic song celebrated this dog as "gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked." In other words, this is a true hound, a devoted hunter who seems to genuinely enjoy helping, protecting, and exercising with humans.
Especially considering its need for exercise and mental stimulation, the size of the Irish Wolfhound means that it's a good choice for owners who have lots of space and time to roam over the countryside with a large, friendly companion.
Appearance / health:
The Irish Wolfhound is a large Greyhound-like breed, and is among the tallest of the coursing hounds. The head is long and carried high. The eyes are dark. The forelegs are heavily boned and quite straight. The neck is long, well arched, and very strong. The chest is very deep and moderately broad. The thighs are long and muscular.
They have a double coat consisting of a harsh wiry outer coat and a softer undercoat. They shed throughout the year, but do not "blow coat" like other longer-coated breeds. Weekly or brushing and combing is sufficient to keep the coat in good shape.
They love to run freely, especially when puppies. Long walks and short jogs keep them healthy and happy. However, vigorous activity of any form early in the dog's life is detrimental to its health.
One of the major causes of death in Irish Wolfhounds is heart disease. Cancer (especially bone cancer), thyroid and eye problems, seizures may occur in some Irish Wolfhounds. As with many large dog breeds, they may develop hip and elbow dysplasia, diseases marked by abnormal formation of joints that can lead to lameness. Von Willebrand's disease, a condition characterized by unusual bleeding, is seen in several dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
Irish Wolfhounds may generally get into trouble mainly because of their large sizes. However, they are good hunting dogs who love to chase all small animals. They require human company most of the time. Kenneling or chaining a dog for too long may result in boredom leading to behavioral problems. They can be energetic outdoors though at home they may spend their time sleeping.
They require firm, consistent training. Early socialization and training is of great importance with the breed, as it is easy to train a young dog compared to a fully-grown adult.
Some hounds have the tendency to howl in the night, which can be disturbing to neighbors. They do not bark much.
Gentle Giant, temperament, Affectionate Wolfhound, lazy teddy bear, companionship, friendly dogs
short life span, bone cancer, Secure tall fencing, dominance issues, intense prey drive, heart failure
vigorous exercise, medieval shaggy variant, amazing service dog, massive size, ideal therapy dog
Very cool dog
I had the pleasure of taking care of two of these wonderful dogs when I was farm sitting one year. These dogs are very large and can take up a lot of space. The two that I met were not big barkers, but they loved to be near you and loved meeting new people. The family that owned them also had seven other dogs, chickens, horses, peafowl, goats and emus. They seemed to get along with everyone and never tried to chase or attack any of the other animals. They were happy to greet you at the door, and block it so you can't get in without petting and saying hello to them. Their wiry hair was very easy to groom and keep clean and their height made it very easy to check their ears. Feeding was a breeze and no one ever stole each other's food even though there were nine dogs eating in the same room. These dogs are very happy to snuggle, and may even accidentally push you down to do so. You might need to be sure you have a large enough couch or bed as they are taller than most miniature horses. These dogs are somewhat easy to train but can be stubborn as puppies. They grow quickly and even an 8 month old can be rather large. Sometimes they use their size to their advantage. They do housebreak fairly easy though. Although they are large, I wouldn't expect them to be a guard dog. They are far too friendly to strangers. They seem pretty healthy but, due to their size, they can be prone to hip issues and other joint problems. They are easy to feed but do require more than average to keep their weight up and they need adequate shelter as they do not have a typical double coat and they can get too hot or too cold much easier than some dogs. I would definitely recommend these dogs to anyone looking for a large, fairly simple dog, but not one who is inexperienced..
From Eqwuus Jan 11 2019 3:30PM
Good for combatting certain types of bacteria
Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 30 days ago
Does Not Work to Teach a Dog to Heel
Many people opt to use a back clip harness on a dog that pulls. Well, this is great if you want your dog to pull a sleigh or become a weight pull champion, but if you want your pooch to learn to heal, then you need to avoid a back clip harness. The dog will not be choked by the harness and indeed be able to put effort into pulling you from point A to point B. You will not be able to teach the dog to heel with such a device.
Avoid a back clip harness as a training tool. It is ineffective if you want to teach your dog to heel. Instead, use a choke collar or a prong collar. .
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