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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 West Virginia?

West Virginia consistently ranks as a pretty great state for dog lovers! Its beautiful outdoor spaces, access to care, and animal welfare laws help give the state good marks. 


We looked at two major studies on pet-friendliness. Both ranked all 50 states by important factors like access to pet care, pet-friendly accommodations, animal cruelty laws, access to dog parks, and more. 


The first, by animal welfare group Pawsafe, ranked West Virginia as the 25th most pet-friendly state. Made it into the top half! 


The second study ranked West Virginia even higher. Safewise, a consumer safety review site, gave West Virginia 13th place in all 50 states. In both studies, the state scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. I


Taking both studies together shows West Virginia to be pet-friendly overall, but leaves room for improvement.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in West Virginia

BringFido lists West Virginia as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 850 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists the Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum as popular dog-friendly attractions.


Fifty percent of West Virginia residents own a dog. This is comfortably above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do West Virginians love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in West Virginia are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in West Virginia

West Virginia saved 34,117 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 2,739 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Twenty-four out of 54 of the animal shelters within West Virginia are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an average save rate of 84%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

 

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