Large breeds are more susceptible than some breeds to heart problem, cancer, Gastric torsion (bloat-probably the most common cause of early death), and joint issues. Some of them die to big dog diseases like hip dysplasia. Avg. Way too young. There are various types of cardiomyopathy but the one associated with the Irish wolfhound is Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), which is a disease of the heart muscle which leads to enlargement of the heart chambers, thinning of the heart wall, and poor contractility (meaning that the heart cannot pump very well). Is not eating the first symptom? They contain glucosamine, and since he will probably develop arthritis they may delay the onset. I hear all the time "How can you have those dogs! Who was the man seen in fur storming U.S. Capitol? It's a great tribute to these wonderful creatures. They may die from heart disease (dilated cardiomyopathy), bone cancer, bloat, and many other less common diseases. Irish Wolfhounds do best with owners who are familiar with the breed. In our early days in wolfhounds we had several go to double figures, one to over 12. Why are they so big? He'll be seven this year. Most Great Dane puppies will not last ten years. Irish Wolfhound information including personality, history, grooming, pictures, videos, and the AKC breed standard. I'm terrified of losing my fawn male, Hamlet. Very helpful article. I hope he stays with you many more years--I´ve seen his photos in your hubs and realize what a special dog he is. The Irish Wolfhound is not recommended for apartment life. HISTORY. Doesn't it break your heart when they die so young?" To add to answer to Why do Irish Wolfhounds only live a short time? Is he from that breeder in Atlanta? The earliest written record of the breed dates back to 391 AD, in Roman times. Only about one-fourth of all giant breeds are alive by their tenth birthday. Everyone that sees one of these dogs remembers him because of his size—he weighs between 60 and 120 kilos (140-250 pounds) and looks even bigger because of his bulk and long hair. Maybe. Bloat and torsion strikes very suddenly, and a dog who was fine one minute can be dead a few hours later. This option is not for everyone, but genetics does play a large role in this issue. The only suggestion I have on your diet is to add plenty of chicken feet and beef trachea instead of plain meat. Irish Wolfhounds do not make good guard dogs although their size can be a deterrent to a would-be intruder. No, I cannot tell for sure with a grade III mast cell tumor. Question: I have a female boxer who will soon be 10. Things seem to have changed since then. Super dog!!! The larger the breed, the shorter the lifespan. Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on March 12, 2013: I found the hub, and especially your suggestions towards the end of the hub very informative. Sep 29, 2014 - Explore Nancy Pinegar's board "Irish Wolfhounds" on Pinterest. Science is still unclear as to why larger dogs tend to die younger than small dogs. On average, the IW is a fairly expensive dog to properly maintain. Our other Dane, a harl named Grendel, is a little younger than Hamlet and cost us four times as much, but he already has a little arthritis. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends. I have 2, and know hundreds. Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on March 12, 2013: This is a very useful article and I agree with your conclusion that there's no way to be confident of getting one of the giant breeds to live longer. Their life span only last 6 - 10 years, just like Bernese mountain dog their life span only last 6 - 8 years. You can try the life-extending suggestions in this article, but even without heart failure and cancer most of the dogs die young. (I do not know of availability in your area, of course, but if you find them buy in bulk.) With roots dating back 5,000 years, this mammoth pooch can weigh up to 220 pounds — in fact, it’s it his size that contributes to his short lifespan. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair. How is owning pets any different then slavery ? They were originally bred to hunt boar and other large game and had their ears cropped to prevent injury. Kelly, Nettlemere, Wayne, and Deborah, thanks for taking the time to comment. Like most dogs, Irish Wolfhounds are likely to make noise and it all depends on the training, socialisation and personality of your dog as to how much they bark. ... 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy helps your dog live a longer, healthier life. The Irish wolfhound is a very short-lived breed and has an average life span of 6 to 8 years. 2. Who will be primarily responsible for the dog's care? Its because they are GIANTS. Great info in this hub, but sad. It needs to be part of the family and would be very unhappy in a kennel. Protein levels are still believed by some to be an important factor when feeding Irish Wolfhounds, yet the topic has been highly debated. They are mutations. It is a good effort. So a few months later I arrived at my client’s house to find a bunch of people and 14 giant Irish Wolfhounds in the living room to where I would begin to speak and answer questions about my philosophy of dog training. My dogs have all participated in a heart study for instance. Melissa A Smith from New York on March 12, 2013: Wow that's terrible. Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 12, 2013: Mary, too bad doing everything right doesn't count for much! 2. They are not home-bound, like other breeds. Because of their short life-span, Irish Wolfhound death statistics do not often confront us with this problem. They used to hunt wolves, so they would need their large size to be able to survive when hunting. Ol' Hammie was cheap, too! Their heart valves do not work properly and affected dogs die young. At home, ample room is required so the dog can stretch out on a soft surface; this breed should not be required to live in cramped quarters. [17], In his Historie of Ireland completed 1571, Edmund Campion gives a description of the hounds used for hunting wolves in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. Gentle Giants, fierce warrior of myth both describe this breed, this … Large breeds are more susceptible than some breeds to heart problem, cancer, Gastric torsion (bloat-probably the … I remember one hub where you said that you can take him out and show him the boundaries and he does not try to escape like the others. But according to a new research, it’s because taller dogs age faster. Here is a site with the best available information on the breed, its history, and its weaknesses: http://www.irishwolfhoundsociety.co.uk/seminar.htm. Things are very different down here, since I live in the tropics, but it is interesting to read articles about surviving up there in the cold. the dog has a gigantism gene, that makes then as big as they are. He was one of the most well cared for St. Bernard's ever. I have provided a link to the IWCA. Yep, Great Danes are sometimes called "heartbreak kids." Get your answers by asking now. Norma Lawrence from California on May 24, 2016: Beautifully written article. If you try to get another dog, you may find one that lives up to ten years, but most likely you will not. His food, care, and medication are expensive. Some also have elbow dysplasia, another musculoskeletal problem that would be easier to deal with in a small dog. For a longer lifespan, keep them lean and exercise them as much as possible. Based on scientific literature, these are 20 shortest lifespan dog breeds, with science-based explanations on dog lifespan and why some breeds die sooner. My first dog died of cancer just a couple of weeks after her 10th birthday despite the fact that I fed her high quality food, kept her thin, took her for regular check-ups, and maintained a chemical-free lawn. Breeding more than we do would mean compromising on how we live with our dogs. They are afflicted with big dog problems like hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. We also have friends (Amber Holmes & the Emorys) who have been co-breeding and helping to continue our lines for the last 10 years. daily food consumption . Irish Wolfhound ($1,500 to $2,000) Two thousand dollars might seem a small price to pay for the tallest of dogs, also known for a commanding appearance. How much sleep does this fido need? The average life span for a Boxer is about 9 years; only about half of them make it as long as 10. We have had three, and all died before they were five. They don't suffer, only their owner suffers from such a loss at such a young age. Three main causes of death in Irish Wolfhounds. Do you have children?If so… A lot of my German neighbors have "German Mastiffs" and they look so old by Hamlets age. She lived to be 2 months shy of 14 years old. They are calm and careful with their huge bodies. Although some dogs were reported to have died in their sleep at age 10 or 11, these were the minority. The cost of their health care will far exceed the money they save at purchase. Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 13, 2014: Hi Pamela, the diet you make up for Harley looks very healthy and I hope he survives a lot longer than average. I can't wait to get home every night and see my girls smiling at the gate waiting for me. Only about 9% of the dogs will even make it to 10 years of age. Published lifespan estimations vary between 6 and 10 years with 7 years being the average. Their excellent nature can be trusted with children. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years. I still love dobies and will get another one but from a breeder who screens for genetic diseases. Wayne Barrett from Clearwater Florida on March 12, 2013: I love your article. Is there any way you can say how long she will be with us? The dog can develop callouses if required to lie on hard surfaces too often. Their lifespan is much too short. Willing and eager to please, they are unconditionally loyal to their owner and family. Scary fall during 'Masked Dancer’ stunt gone wrong, Serena's husband serves up snark for tennis critic, CDC: Chance of anaphylaxis from vaccine is 11 in 1M, GOP delegate films himself breaking into Capitol, Iraq issues arrest warrant for Trump over Soleimani. If you do not want a dog that only lives six or seven years, choose one of the breeds that will live a long time. Jan 23, 2014 - Explore Molly Elliott's board "Wolfhounds", followed by 318 people on Pinterest. Your property would have to be enclosed, as an Irish Wolfhounds would wander away. The Irish Wolfhound lives for an average of seven years. Irish wolfhounds do not shed. There was a survey done in the UK back in 2004—only one dog of the hundreds followed made it up to 15. Since I’m short, I like the idea of having a big dog for protection, though I also adore toy breeds. Many weigh over 50 kilograms (normally about 120 pounds, but up to 200) and since they have a thick coat and wide body they look even larger. During the main period of growing it is very important not to overstrain the puppy. They are not a new genetically engineered breed. Why have you chosen the Irish Wolfhound. Melissa, the breeding/longevity issue is a good point. Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a 10-year-old Irish wolfhound named Boru. Thanks for pointing out the reveratrol. Thank you for sharing. Its HUGE and it has to beat and work extra hard for this gigantic animals, therefore it wears out faster, the heart is a muscle and like all muscles it will give out eventually. People that have them need to make sure they have a vet experienced with the breed. These tall dogs were developed to hunt wolves in Ireland, but by the late 1800s there were only a few left so they were crossed with Great Danes, Scottish Deerhounds, and Borzois to produce a genetically healthy pool of dogs. Irish Wolfhounds grow extremely fast – which sometimes involves extreme physically strain for bones and joints. Kelly from New England on March 12, 2013: What a great article, I voted up! When you look at an Irish Wolfhound, you’ll see a dog of great size and commanding appearance with dark eyes, small ears, and a rough coat that can be gray, brindle, red, black, white or fawn. Not eating will be a problem later on, so if she does not want to eat her new diet just give her anything. INCLUDING HUMANS. http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/pethealt... Also here is a article about Cardiomyopathy which is due to weak heart muscle and valve issues, when the heart doesnt work properly it actually makes the heart grow larger with all the extra work it has to do. The Irish Wolfhound enjoys a long walk and a chance to stretch its legs, so this breed needs daily exercise. Answer: This breed has a lifespan similar to the Irish wolfhound. So many times judges have said to me, I love this breed but could not take the heartache. Only about 9% of the dogs will even make it to 10 years of age. Its the down size of mega sizing animals. You do a great job. Irish wolfhounds are house dogs through and through, so they don’t need to move around a lot. Indoor Time indoors is most often spent lounging with people—Irish Wolfhounds love to stretch out for a good nap. Requirements. Dogs that act up tend to be dumped at the local shelter, killed by animal control, or put down by a local vet. If we breed a litter it is with the intention of keeping one or more puppies, because we have done it to achieve something by putting those lines together, else why on earth breed the litter. My dog Harley Quinn is a Newfie/Border collie Mix. The average lifespan is around 7 years, though they can live a few years longer. The average though is about 7 years, and only about 28% are even going to make it to 10. Deborah Neyens from Iowa on March 12, 2013: The unfortunate thing about all dogs is that their lifespans are so short relative to their human companions. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) and contact your vet at once if you suspect your dog might be suffering from this ailment. The original Irish Wolfhound is thought to be a very ancient breed, being documented as early as 393 A.D. The Irish Wolfhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1921. It's so sad to know that some of these breeds tend to live such short lives. Less than 10% of the dogs live more than five years, but as she is already ten that does not mean much. Holle Abee from Georgia on March 21, 2013: No, I got Hamlet from a former student whose dogs had puppies. How tall is an Irish Wolfhound? The Irish Wolfhound is difficult to find and expensive to purchase. I think I read that she's had a couple to make it to 14. They really don’t respond well to anything negative so … He lives roughly 6 to 8 years and his giant size predisposes him to many health problems. They usually weigh over 40 and up to 50 kilos (about 85-110 pounds) and look broad, rather than tall. At one time the breed was practically extinct, and with careful breeding, the breed was saved. Of course it breaks your heart, but there is no dog like an IW. Once grown-up, irish Wolfhound usual do not see much sense in chasing sticks or balls. Your dogs are only too old to go for a hike when they are no longer willing to go. It causes problems and they die young, just too much strain on their small heart. They are so far removed now from the orginal dog package that they start to develop physical problems. American Hairless Terrier is the only dog that does not shed, and that is because of an obvious reason. i have a German Shepard died at 10 years old. It maybe that genes from the IW have been used to create some of the giant breeds of today, but back in the 17th century, gene splicing wasn't known, so that is NOT a factor in their size. Irish Wolfhounds take longer to reach full growth than do most dogs. cc-by www.flickr.com worldofoddy 1297327319. Much has to do with the source of the protein, whether it's sourced from meats vs. grains, etc. What is a good age to stop having our large dogs hike with us? A thorough brushing once a week or so will help to remove dirt and loose hair and keep the dog looking his best. These gentle giants all have somewhat limited life expectancy. Many Irish wolfhounds, a giant breed that can weigh up to 120 pounds, live … GIANTS of anything will not live longer than the AVERAGE of that species. More often than not, Irish Wolfhounds tend to get along with cats. (I have a picture here of a 200 pound Newfie, not a 15 year old Newfie, so I am certainly no better). The Irish Wolfhound is, on average, the tallest dog breed in the world, although several other breeds can outweigh them. It is another antioxidant that might help, and so far there has been no anecodotal evidence of poisoning. This is an excellent hub with beautiful pictures and may save someone the heartbreak of losing a dog too soon. Irish Setters shed a lot, so be prepared for dog hair on your clothing and furniture, and regular vacuuming. If the dog breed you have chosen is prone to cancer, you can try omega 3 fatty acids. In general, Irish Wolfhounds are not known for being big barkers. Although Irish Wolfhounds have been known to live up to 13 years, most of them die much younger—seven years or less. The dogs also suffer from epilepsy, eyelid problems, colitis, and ulcers of the eye. Only about 9% of the dogs will even make it to 10 years of age. There have been hounds who have been excellent with other animals of all kinds, but they are not the norm. They will disregard commands if they see something interesting. They actually tend to have short lifespans, and are susceptible to disease/bone cancer. But why? Remember the word average is a generalization and not all GIANTS die at 4 or 7 some live till quite old. The two primary causes of death in Irish Wolfhounds are cancer (especially osteosarcoma and lymphoma) and heart disease (especially cardiomyopathy). Irish wolfhounds do not shed. Also, very surprised that Mastiffs didn't make the list. Because Irish Wolfhound bond so close to their families – they do not belong in a kennel, and we do not place any puppy with someone who prefers it to be an outside-dog! Mary Craig from New York on March 12, 2013: My son's seven year old St.Bernard passed away a few months ago, most likely from a heart attack. Build ramps and other aids to minimize joint stress and delay the symptoms of. I dread the day when I lose mine, but I am so grateful for the time that I have had them in my life. Everyone wants to see pictures of the tallest Irish Wolfhound and the biggest Great Dane, but do you think anyone cares about searching the internet for images of the oldest? An Irish Wolfhound would most likely chase and nip at your livestock. Thanks for the good information. These dogs are usually not as tall as the Irish Wolfhound but they are huge, and the tallest dog in history is a Great Dane who stands 112 cm (44 inches) at the shoulders. In fact, I was so shocked that I postponed (nay procrastinated) to get a dog for another 6 years. Other Irish Wolfhound names have been Greyhounds or Grehounds of Ireland. The original Irish Wolfhound is thought to be a very ancient breed, being documented as early as 393 A.D. Why Do Some Dogs Live Longer than Others? Why dedicate our lives to this particular breed that offers so much but takes so much, a lot of heart to breed, support to rear and work to nurture into strong adult hounds. It is worth a try. Thanks for such an informative article! Irish Wolfhounds have long muzzles which makes them likely to have great bite force but you’d have to find someone who had an Irish to know the exact amount. Boxers are likely to develop cancer, have circulatory conditions like aortic stenosis and right ventricular cardiomyopathy, and they also have more common problems like bloat, hip dysplasia, and hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, Irish Wolfhounds have short lifespans, and they're prone to heart disease, bone cancer, and bloat. She was only three. And you do not want to try to muscle up a puppy through exercise or you will cause it possibly irreparable harm. The average lifespan is about 7 years, and due to the hard work of good breeders, many of them are now reporting that their dogs are averaging closer to 10 years. The calm, dignified, and kindly Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all AKC breeds. This breed is also prone to a number of health conditions that can limit its lifespan. Like many large dog breeds, Irish Wolfhounds have a relatively short lifespan. I love the Irish Wolfhound, precisely because it’s so huge! His name implies ferocity, but he is one of the gentlest of creatures. Otherwise the dog will look shaggy and unkempt. If you are looking for a long-lived breed, the Irish Wolfhound is not for you. The dogs are large. Irish Wolfhounds do not make good guard dogs although their size can be a deterrent to a would-be intruder. We cater to the physical and emotional needs of our Irish Wolfhounds, and they live a lot longer. Born to a dangerous and challenging job, today this formidable giant has retired a bit without losing his athletic skills and hunting instincts. An Irish wolfhound is the regimental mascot for the Irish Guards—it’s currently a five-year-old dog called Domhnall (‘My regiment and other animals’, February 11, 2015)–and ‘The Fighting 69th’ (1st Battalion, 69th Infantry), one of the most decorated units in the US Army. We force various breeds into forms that nature never intended them to have. Some also have another inherited condition where they form bladder stones. Do you have the time to meet the demanding needs of the puppy/dog? No matter how much time they get with you, the pure joy of living with them far outweighs the fact that they MAY die younger than another breed. See more ideas about irish wolfhound, wolfhound, dogs. Still have questions? Make sure the ramp has boards going across it so that she has adequate footing when she is climbing up into bed. Considering his giant size—105 to 120 pounds —that’s an essential characteristic. Choose a breed that lives longer. Small, non-brachycephalic ("squished face") breeds generally live the longest. I had a wonderful St. Bernard / Leonberger mix. A breeder in Atlanta is breeding for longevity, and some of her Danes are living for 12 years. The Irish Wolfhound Clubs are very active in doing research to increase the lifespan of this breed. What is going on with deerhounds? The beard can become dirty from food and should be washed regularly, and water drips from the beard after the dog drinks. She was an absolutely wonderful girl. I myself met a 15 year old, when in my twenties. She was diagnosed with stage 3 mast cell cancer. You are now one of my favorite reads. Besides disease and genetics, the other important factor determining a dog´s potential lifespan is his behavior. My dog supposedly bit someone, is this a scam? So, are Irish wolfhounds aggressive? The breeding program did make them easier to handle—but it did not produce a healthy population. History: The Irish wolfhound is of ancient origins, mentioned as long ago as 391 AD in Rome, where it was famed as a gladiator and courser. Although they are an intelligent breed, Irish Wolfhounds need to be handled gently and positive, reward-based training needs to start from a young age. ESME - the heart and healthy issues ARE the cause of these dogs living an AVERAGE of 4 to 7 years. Susan , I don't know that 15 is even likely but at least you are giving the Vitamin C supplements. I do know that this is not the norm and I only wish that their lifespans were much longer. Provide supplements like vitamin C and antioxidants. How do you think about the answers? If your wolfhound is younger than 18 months old, start him off with 5-minute walks. The average lifespan of a St. Bernard is anywhere between 8 and 10, depending on who you ask. I had no idea that the boxer had such a short average lifespan, so that was helpful info. She was the most loving, loyal and kind dogs I have ever had the privelege to own! Once you have connected with your Wolfhound, you have been given a gift of a profoundly honest bond with a dog, who loves you because he chooses to do so, – not because he needs to. He lives roughly 6 to 8 years and his giant size predisposes him to many health problems. If you are thinking of getting a Golden puppy and want to do what you can from the start, please look at: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/dog-long-life. Bone growth issues, intestine issues, and enlarged hearts. Irish wolfhounds are generally not aggressive towards humans, and they are usually good with the other pets in their household. The majority die before they reach 10 years of age, and often much younger. Personally, I suspect it has to do with long term inbreeding, as is often the case in purebred animals. About 26% of them will make it to 10 years of age. Newfoundlands can also develop a heart defect. This process happens in all of the dog breeds, including Irish Wolfhound. These giant dogs really find their way into your heart. Their life span is usually only 6-8 years, and only 17% will even make it to 10 years of age. Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 12, 2013: Before I clicked on your hub from the feed I sadly knew that Newfs would most likely be on your list. Irish Wolfhounds have long muzzles which makes them likely to have great bite force but you’d have to find someone who had an Irish to know the exact amount. Keep your dog very thin. Hi Habee, unfortuanately I have heard of that term for Danes because of all the cardiomyopathys. I wouldn't find it to be too ethical to produce animals with these health problems unless it served a true purpose, such as if the dog is working. Irish Wolfhounds are more likely than many breeds to bloat, a condition in which the stomach distends with gas and can twist on itself (called gastric torsion), cutting off blood flow. Didn't let him go up and down stairs too often, kept a fan handy in the summer, and regular vet visits...it is just the fate of the big dog. 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