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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 Oregon?

Super dog-friendly! Oregon is regularly ranked in the top five best states for pets. Two of the best review sites for pet safety and comfort are Pawsafe and Safewise. Both give Oregon excellent marks. 


Pawsafe’s study examined each state according to some pet-friendly metrics. They evaluated things like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations and services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


In the Pawsafe study, Oregon ranked as the 4th most pet-friendly state in the country. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws, which related to animal abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


In their own separate study, Safewise also ranked Oregon as the 4th most pet-friendly state, for many of the same factors. Combining these two studies puts Oregon at the front of the pack of pet-friendly states!

Are cities in Oregon pet-friendly?

Consumer review site Wallethub has an extensive survey of the 100 largest cities in the country and then ranks them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few Oregon cities did.

Portland

In their study, Portland was the 19th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 4th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 76th for pet budget, and 21st for pet health and wellness. 


In a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study that ranks cities for dog parks per capita, Portland ranked 2nd on the list at 5.4 per 100,000 residents.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Oregon

BringFido lists Oregon as a very pet-friendly travel destination with over 4400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.


Thirty-eight percent of Oregon residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not by much! 


What dogs do people love in Oregon? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Oregon are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Boxers, and Border Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Oregon

Oregon saved 35,980 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 612 animals were killed over this same period. 


Thirty out of 46 of the animal shelters within Oregon are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is moderately high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 89%. This is barely short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Good job, overall!

 

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