While it is important to take a growing pup for daily walks for their mental well-being, hard exercise should not be forced and may be too taxing for this dog's body when it is young.
These giant dogs need lots of space to run, but do not need any more exercise than smaller breeds.
They need a daily walk where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead. Like many other giant breeds it is important to remember that too much forced, vigorous exercise is not good for a young dog's growth and development, so watch your puppy for any signs, but they still instinctually need a daily walk.
The rough, medium-length coat needs regular and thorough grooming with a brush and comb. About once or twice a year pluck the coat to remove excess dead hair. The Irish Wolfhound's name originates from is use as a wolf hunter, and not from its appearance.
Coat colors include gray, brindle, red, black, pure white or fawn, with gray being the most common.
The wiry, shaggy coat is rough to the touch on the head, body and legs and longer over the eyes and under the jaw.
This giant breed can be clumsy and are slow to mature in both body and mind, taking about two years before they are full grown.
However, they grow rapidly and high-quality food is essential.
The Irish Wolfhound is a giant-sized dog, one of the tallest breeds in the world, reaching the size of a small pony. They tend to greet everyone as a friend, so do not count on them being a watchdog, but may be a deterrent simply due to their size.
The small ears are carried back against the head when the dog is relaxed and partway pricked when the dog is excited. Willing and eager to please, they are unconditionally loyal to their owner and family.
Their excellent nature can be trusted with children.
Irish Wolfhounds are sweet-tempered, patient, kind, thoughtful and very intelligent.