The Irish Wolfhound dog breed was originally used in war to drag men off horses and chariots. They also hunted large game such as deer, boar, and wolves. Today this adaptable dog is a family companion who also competes in obedience, tracking, and lure coursing.
The Irish Wolfhound is, on average, the tallest dog breed in the world, although several other breeds can outweigh them. Because of this, apartment dwellers will have a lot of difficulty providing enough space for these dogs to move around and thrive. But for families with plenty of room to roam, Irish Wolfhounds make for extremely loving companions, even to children. Just make sure you have a fence–and a tall one at that–to prevent your dog from chasing wildlife.
A male Irish Wolfhound stands at least 32 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs at least 120 pounds. The Irish Wolfhound female is at least 30 inches tall and 105 pounds. Many are larger. Males usually average 34 to 35 inches and 140 to 180 pounds; females 32 to 34 inches and 115 to 140 pounds.