The Irish Wolfhound is a sight-hound that was named from its days of hunting wolves with its masters. The Wolfhound is the tallest breed of domesticated dog. Irish Wolfhounds have been around since the time of Ancient Roman civilizations, but have never been seen as reliable watchdogs. Irish Wolfhounds tend to be far too friendly to create a fuss when a stranger appears. The Irish Wolfhound has a large head with clear and open eye sockets, allowing for the incredible sight with this breed of dog. The forehead should be parallel to the jaw of the dog as well.
The neck of an Irish Wolfhound is long and lean, holding the head up tall. There should be a muscular grace about the neck at both of the joints to the rest of the body. The wide shoulders of an Irish Wolfhound should be evenly spaced, allowing for a graceful gait. The shoulders should be a minimum of 32” for male dogs and 30” for females. The deep chest of the Irish Wolfhound can make this breed susceptible to bloat if not fed and watered properly, and the ribs should taper slightly as the rib cage comes to an end. The back of an Irish Wolfhound should be straight and allow the dog to have ample agility, especially for the size of the breed. The loin will show off the strong muscles within this breed of dog, allowing for the increased speeds. Irish Wolfhounds should have straight legs and relatively small feet when compared to the rest of the dog’s body. The legs will be heavily muscled although the breed should not look heavy.