Videos and Individual Topics of Importance on Irish Wolfhounds
As I stated, we welcome and receive a number of inquiries regarding the Irish Wolfhound breed, and I have very simple words of advice. You must find the right breed of dog for your lifestyle as this is paramount both to yours and the dog's well-being. Naturally, many people fall in love at first sight with Irish Wolfhounds and decide, there and then, they must have one! I empathize with these powerful emotions as I too fell in love with the breed, thirty-one years past. Having said this, I have a responsibility, and commitment to impart at every opportunity necessary factors all potential owners must consider before obtaining this breed.
For a "special needs", high maintenance breed, such as the Irish Wolfhound, ask yourself these necessary questions.
Do you have securely fenced acreage that can comfortably accommodate a giant, galloping, sighthound's exercise requirements plus protect him from harm? If you have the land, but not the correct fencing, are you willing to spend money on the correct fencing, as often this can be expensive? Are you ready to live with a giant breed that can shed quite a bit that has a very long tail usually sweeping any and all objects from low-lying tables, such as coffee tables? By the way, we vacuum daily and yes, frequently Wolfhound's have messy mouths, especially around water bowls in which a great amount lands on the floor. Is your lifestyle favorable to a giant hound that is devoted to your company? Meaning, if you work long hours than this breed is not ideal for you. A Wolfhound is not a "couch potato" who can sit idle for long, lonely stretches. These hounds are athletes who love to run and stretch and adore your company. They are not built for constant confinement such as in a crate or apartment living. Are you financially prepared to support a giant hound that may require very expensive medical care, in addition to their annual wellness checks?
Bear in mind, this is a serious decision and should not be weighed lightly. The joy and love a wolfhound will bring you will be immeasurable and unforgettable, but so too will be your responsibilities, potential expenses and eventual heartbreak. Below are several realism's and attributes that potential owners must deliberate on before obtaining an Irish Wolfhound. Please read on and visit each section I have taken the time to produce for educating and instructing new owners on the realities and responsibilities of living with such a magnificent breed. After you have carefully considered all of these factors and remain interested, please contact me.
VIDEOS: On the Nutrition page, I include several videos on how to prepare and feed a Natural Rearing diet.