Irish Wolfoodle

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Ireland <> France -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Irish Wolfoodle

A gentle giant, the Irish Wolfoodle is an affectionate, intelligent hybrid that is a cross between the noble Irish Wolfhound and the quick-witted Standard Poodle. These shaggy-coated hybrids are prized for their friendly and sometimes lazy nature, making them excellent companions for those who prefer a quiet lifestyle. The Irish Wolfoodle is best suited to a cool environment, as it can overheat in hot climates. They are not meant to live in an apartment as they need space for lots of movement. Not a dog for novice owners, these dogs can be quite stubborn and difficult to handle if not well trained. The history of this hybrid is still unknown, as it's a fairly new breed.

History of the Irish Wolfoodle

The Irish Wolfoodle is a relatively new hybrid and its exact origins remain a mystery. You can turn to the parents for information on the hybrid.

 

        

A little of the Irish Wolfhound

        
An ancient breed, the Irish Wolfhound once belonged only to royalty and, consequently, spent its time in royal courts. The gift from one royal family to another was often one of these capable canines. Protector, warrior and hunter, today's Irish Wolfhound is a product of the meticulous breeding of the Great Dane, Scottish Deerhound, Tibetan Borzoi and Pyrenean Wolfhound. Continuing to hunt big game and protect households, they were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1897.
Standard of the Irish Wolfhound

A little of the Poodle

Also one of the oldest known breeds, the Standard Poodle is a sophisticated dog thought to have originated in Germany and was originally a cross between the Barbet, and Russian and Spanish Water Dogs. The development of this highly intelligent breed was further advanced by the French. Toy and miniature versions of this intelligent dog appeared in the 1400s, further increasing their popularity. The Poodle has a varied history, from hunting to truffle picking to circus sideshows. Registered with the American Kennel Club in 1888, the Poodle continues to show its talent and versatility in the show ring and as a service dog.
Standard of the Poodle

Appearance of the Irish Wolfoodle

The Irish Wolfoodle can be quite a large dog, ranging from 40.5 to over 80 centimeters. These large dogs have long legs, long, slightly curved tails and a long body. Although they are large, they have a strong stance, their overall appearance is considered quite robust and lean. They have a narrow body type with a slightly enlarged face and chest. Their muzzles are long and their eyes are almond-shaped and may resemble wolves. Eye color varies from brown and amber to pumpkin. The coat of this attractive hybrid can be quite dense, shaggy and rough to the touch. Coat color can vary from wheaten blends to reds, silver, white and cream, apricot and black with silver markings.

Temperament of the Irish Wolfoodle

Loyal, intelligent and good-humored best describe the Irish Wolfoodle lover. These dogs make excellent companions in family homes. They are not aggressive, but it is not recommended to leave them alone with young or small children, due to their size and lack of attention span when playing. Also watch your Irish Wolfoodle around small animals, remember, their instinct is to hunt. Their size can be quite intimidating to most strangers, but these hybrids are too friendly to be aggressive. They can be shy or friendly when meeting strangers. As far as training is concerned, Irish Wolfoodles are an intelligent breed, quick to learn, but they can be stubborn. Consistency and a gentle hand are essential elements of training. As all dogs are different, personalities can vary depending on how your individual hybrid is raised. Socialization with pets and people from an early age is important, as is obedience training, in order to have a well-behaved puppy.

Needs and activities of the Irish Wolfoodle

These hybrids can be quite laid-back, especially if they inherit more of the Irish Wolfhound's traits. The Poodle's energetic side can provide a nice balance, as it brings quite a bit of energy into the mix. As the Irish Wolfoodle is a large breed, it needs at least a few walks a day to stretch its long legs. The Poodle parent is an intelligent breed, so your hybrid will need plenty of playtime and training to use its keen mind; lack of opportunity can lead to boredom and mischief. Due to their large size, Irish Wolfoodles are not suited to an apartment lifestyle, they are better suited to larger homes where they will have plenty of space to stretch out and play. These hybrids have a very dense coat and won't want to stay too long in the heat. Give them a cool day, however, and they'll be more than willing to take part in any activity you suggest.

Maintenance of the Irish Wolfoodle

The Irish Wolfoodle is a hybrid that can be hypoallergenic if it takes on more of the Poodle coat. If the Irish Wolfoodle coat is predominant, this hybrid can be a year-round shedder and may need brushing once a week to remove loose hair or trapped dirt. The Irish Wolfoodle doesn't need to be washed too often, and sometimes a damp washcloth is all that's needed to clean the coat. It's important to always make sure your Wolfoodle's ears are clean and dry, as the ear can hold moisture and dirt. Other important maintenance requirements include regular tooth brushing and nail trimming, especially if you have a lazy hybrid that can't wear out its nails on its own. Pay particular attention to the backs of your hybrid's elbows and knees, as calluses can develop if your dog tends to lie down often on hard floors (most often prevalent in hot environments, as he seeks the cooler ground for greater comfort). Providing a blanket or dog bed in a cool area of the house may be just what your Wolfoodle needs to be comfortable.

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