Irish Wolfhound Puppies for Sale in Maryland, MD

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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 Maryland?

We have good news for Maryland’s dog lovers – the state ranks fairly well overall for pet-friendliness. Maryland is especially strong when it comes to protective laws for animals, which we love to see.


In the study by Pawsafe, a great source for tracking pet safety, Maryland ranked as the 22nd most pet-friendly state. The state also ranked 6th in terms of pet services available. The ranking was determined by adding up boutiques and supplies, boarding and daycare facilities, pet sitters, and veterinarians. It was also 6th for dog trails per capita. Of the 988 parks in the state, 655 are dog-friendly. Maryland is clearly a great place for adventurous pups


Safewise conducted a similar study and ranked Maryland as the 15th most pet-friendly state. In the study, the state receives strong marks for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. However, Safewise did find the state to have a very low amount of pet-friendly rentals, with just 27% of rentals accepting dogs and cats.

Is Baltimore a pet-friendly city?

Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland and the state’s economic center. A study by Wallethub found that Baltimore was the 13th least pet-friendly city. It ranked 53rd for outdoor pet-friendliness, 62nd for pet budget, and 87th for pet health and wellness.


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks. In the study, Baltimore is ranked 78th with 0.5 parks per 100,000 residents. There are three total dog parks in the city.


Of course, plenty of Baltimore residents have wonderful happy lives with their dogs. But a few of the perks you can find in other cities just aren’t there.

A few more statistics for Maryland’s dog lovers

Only 30% of Maryland residents own a dog. This is well below the national average of 40%. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Georgia are loving family breeds: Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers. In Baltimore, the most popular breeds are Jack Russell Terriers, Beagles, Pugs, Labradoodles, and Goldens.

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Maryland

Maryland saved 44,282 dogs and cats during 2020. This is 3,553 more animals than in 2019. Approximately 5,619 were killed in the past year. Out of 40 animal shelters, only 15 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 79.5%. This is one of the lowest rates in the country. We like to see Maryland moving in the right direction, but there’s quite a way to go yet.

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