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Irish Wolfhound Characteristics

The distinguished Irish Wolfhound was originally used by soldiers in wartime, as well as for hunting deer and wolves. Today, these dogs are more commonly found as household companions or competing in obedience, tracking, and lure coursing. With early socialization and obedience training, these dogs are loyal and affectionate members of the family.

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Large
  • Trainability Determined

Standing around 32-35 inches to the shoulder and weighing between 115-180 pounds, the Irish Wolfhound is, on average, the tallest dog breed in the world. 
 
Because these dogs love to stretch their legs, apartment living is not recommended for this breed, even if they're provided with enough exercise. We recommend a house with a tall fence to allow your Irish Wolfhound room to roam. Between 40-60 minutes of exercise is recommended daily to ensure a healthy weight for your Irish Wolfhound. This can be accomplished through jogging, playing in the yard, bicycling, or learning obedience tricks and lure coursing. Once they've burned through their energy and have been mentally stimulated, Irish Wolfhounds are happy to be couch potatoes with their humans.
 
Irish Wolfhounds are considered relatively quiet inside and are so-so-watch dogs; they don't typically bark at strangers, but their size will likely scare away any potential intruders. The Irish Wolfhound also has a relatively short life span compared to other large dogs and is prone to a number of health issues that require regular monitoring. They come in white, black, red, or grey and have a unique wiry coat that sheds a medium amount. Frequent brushing and regular grooming will be important for keeping stray hair around the house to a minimum. 
 

How dog-friendly is Louisville?

A recent WalletHub study analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Louisville is ranked as the 42nd most dog-friendly. The city is a great place for caring for your pet as it ranks 24th for pet health and wellness. The study also found Louisville to be an affordable place to have a pet, with the 29th ranking for pet budget.


A similar study from SmartAsset ranked Louisville as the 23rd most pet-friendly city. In the study, they mention the city’s great walkability and the high number of pet-related businesses as key reasons the city is so pet-friendly. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Louisville

Louisville has a variety of places for you and your dog to enjoy the outdoors. According to the SmartAsset study referenced above, there are 1.3 dog parks for every 100,000 residents in the city. Among these are seven off-leash dog parks where your furry friends can roam and play. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Morton Avenue Dog Park, Club K9 Dog Bar, Iroquois Park, and Louisville Waterfront Park. 


Louisville is also home to two scenic hiking trails; Louisville Riverwalk and Central Park. Both spots are great for going on an adventurous trek with your dog.

Life in Louisville with a dog

Louisville has over 180 pet-friendly restaurants, so you and your dog will have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Molly Malones, Coals Artisan Pizza, Hammerheads, and The Comfy Cow. 


The city has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet shops, spas, and groomers. Plus, there are over half a dozen dog-friendly shopping centers for you and your pooch to browse.


Every year in Louisville, there are numerous dog-centered events to celebrate our furry companions. For example, Dog Day at the Park, where you and your four-legged friends can enjoy a game at Louisville Slugger Field.


If you have friends or family visiting Louisville, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they and their dogs can stay. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include 21c Museum Hotel, the Seelbach Hilton Louisville, and Aloft Louisville.

Popular dog breeds in Louisville

Louisville is home to many different dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Boxers, Poodles, and Goldens. So, no matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.

 

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