Exercising Your Irish WolfhoundGood Exercises For Your Irish Wolfhound

The original Irish Wolfhound is a very old breed – ancient Romans wrote about this dog breed. They originally developed the breed for use as war hounds, hunting and for guarding its owner’s homes. When the breed came to Ireland, it was used as a guardian dog and military dog as well as for hunting wolf and elk.

Breed Type


Physical Characteristics

  • very large, tall dog, tallest of all breeds
  • muscular but graceful
  • medium length, rough coat


    • dignified, calm, quiet
    • intelligent, highly trainable
    • easygoing and loyal, gets along well with people, patient with children
    • needs to be around people, can get destructive or melancholy if left alone too much
    • gets along with other dogs
    • fun loving, active but calm

Best Exercises

This is a breed that only needs a moderate level of activity – she does not need high energy workouts as you can see by her easygoing nature. However, a big dog like this does need regular exercise and a chance to stretch.

  • Walks – Moderate to long leisurely walks (30 – 45+ minutes)
  • Games – easy to train, willing to please – teach him Fetch, Doggie Soccer, Hide-and-Seek and other family fun games
  • Play in the snow – has a good tolerance for colder temps

Suggested Exercise Plan

This gentle giant is good with a daily walk of at least 30 minutes.

Things To Note

This breed has a tendency for developing hip and elbow dysplasia. No hard exercise for puppies under a year, no matter how large the dog seems! Bones and joints are still growing and too much exercise can damage.