The larger than life Irish Wolfoodle brings the size, scale and gentle nature of the Irish Wolfhound together with the smart, playful Standard Poodle to create a quiet, easy-going family dog who is highly sociable and gets along well with kids and other pets.
This dog can be prone to a disease called megaesophagus (see health issues) and if it is diagnosed by your vet it will mean adjusting your approach to feeding. The Poodle side of this pooch can also be prone to digestive issues so smaller meals are again encouraged, with a low-fat option being ideal.
To avoid a large, unruly and undisciplined pooch you need to ensure your Irish Wolfoodle is obedience trained and socialized early on. This big boy comes from two intelligent breeds so will pick up commands quickly however the Wolfhounds laid-back attitude can make him a challenge to train. This dog bonds closely with his human pack and while he is highly protective, he isnt aggressive and doesnt bark much his size alone makes him a formidable watchdog.
In spite of his large size the Irish Wolfoodle isnt an overly active dog and will be happy with a good long daily walk to help him stay physically fit and mentally stimulated. Free-feeding him foods that are high-energy (calories) or high-calcium can result in orthopedic diseases known to occur in large, fast-growing dogs including Irish Wolfhounds. And remember this breed can experience joint issues later in life so be careful not to over-stress limbs during exercise and play sessions.
Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles and seniors, houses with yards Temperament: Gentle, easy going, patient, calm Comparable Breeds: Borzoi, Scottish Deerhound
What is an Irish Wolfhound poodle mix called?
A gentle giant, the Irish Wolfoodle is a loving, 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 kind and sometimes lazy nature which makes them great companions for those who prefer a quiet lifestyle.
How much does a Wolfadoodle cost?
If you choose to adopt one, you can bring home a puppy for as low as $300. On the other hand, if you choose to buy an Irish Wolfadoodle puppy from a breeder, the price is from $1,500 to $2,800.
Do Irish Wolfadoodles shed?
The Irish Wolfadoodle is non shedding and while it is a large breed weighing between 75-110 pounds, they will be a lower energy dog.
Are Wolfhounds good dogs?
The Irish Wolfhound is a gentle dog who usually gets along well with everyone. With early socialization and training, he’ll be gracious toward other dogs and forbearing of indoor cats. … Irish Wolfhounds do not make good guard dogs although their size can be a deterrent to a would-be intruder.
My Wolfadoodle has more Wolfhound looks – longer wiry thin, shedding coat but definitely had more Poodle traits – excitability, alert/ leary watchdog & barking but also combo.breed intelligence. Very sweet boy & while being brought up w/ smaller dogs & CATS, Wolfhound traits do occasionally pop up w/ a tendency to ‘grab’ necks – though thankfully w/ a softer Poodle mouth. Often does not realize his size or strength (so far), but has an ability to pick up training fairly quickly (of course w/ treats!) Can be lazy at times (such as getting up on couch w/ me, but only 1/2 way is good enough for him most of the time, since he was small/ around 2-3 mos)… pretty amusing though. May be bc he’s still a pup, but can be very excitable. People should know that it IS IMPERATIVE that their activity level/ running should be kept to a MINIMUM until after they’re done growing around 18mos – as it can have potentially negative effects on their bones while still developing – not something very easy to do! Also do not spay or neuter before 18mos of age, which can also have negative effects on growth development (no matter how badly you want to!) Hormones are especially important while growing in this breed to avoid structural frame damage for one. FEEDING will cost you a bundle, as the active demeanor of this breed (at least for mine) is ALWAYS HUNGRY & it is important to feed a good, well balanced food (I use American Natural Premium – original or sensitive), as they are a lean breed & for proper bone growth – should AVOID grain free, high calcium puppy foods that could cause bone damage later on. It is recommended to often feed adult foods after weaning off 1st puppy foods for a proper dietary intake while developing. Also with this sensitive to some foods breed – AVOID any foods containing PEAS, POTATOES, LEGUMES (lentils, chickpeas, etc) in any form, esp used to falsely boost up protein content. They do have health issues & those ingredients will have negative effects on heart development! So far though, so good – but any 7 mos old puppy can be a challenge until they near full development approx at 18 mos old.
The Irish Wolfoodle is a Designer Dog that likely surfaced back in the 1980s when mixing and matching two different pure-bred dogs first became popular. The goal was to produce puppies that carried the desired traits of both parent breeds – typically a healthier, smaller, hypo-allergenic or gentler form of a well-liked breed.
Because the Irish Wolfoodle is the result of two different pure-bred dogs he isn’t eligible to join the American Kennel Club (AKC) however both parent breeds are long-time members; the Poodle joined AKCs “non-sporting” group in 1887 while the Irish Wolfhound has been a member of the “hound” group since 1897.
The Irish Wolfoodle will need a top-quality food that meets his nutritional needs from a size, age and activity level. This dog can be prone to a disease called megaesophagus (see health issues) and if it is diagnosed by your vet it will mean adjusting your approach to feeding. 2 to 3 small meals throughout the day versus free-feeding and no snacking or sneaking food from another pet’s bowl. Because this ailment causes chronic vomiting, you will need a calorie-dense food that delivers all his nutritional needs without the need to eat volumes. You should also feed him from a raised food bowl to increase the angle of his esophagus and permit food to move down to his stomach. The Poodle side of this pooch can also be prone to digestive issues so smaller meals are again encouraged, with a low-fat option being ideal.
Your Irish Wolfoodle will weigh between 90 to 120 pounds when he reaches adulthood.
In spite of his size, the Irish Wolfoodle is a gentle giant who is easy-going and gets along well with kids and other animals. This dog bonds closely with his human pack and while he is highly protective, he isn’t aggressive and doesn’t bark much – his size alone makes him a formidable watchdog. This placid pooch is highly intelligent, loyal, obedient and loving – everything you could ever want in a companion dog.
Common Health Problems
As with most designer dogs, the Irish Wolfoodle will side-step many of the health issues that can plague his pure-bred parents. That said, its always important to know what your new pup could inherit and in this instance, he can be prone to joint issues, digestive issues and a disease called megaesophagus which can require adjustments to his feeding routine.
Irish Wolfoodles are a large, relatively healthy dog that will typically live between 8 and 12 years.
In spite of his large size the Irish Wolfoodle isn’t an overly active dog and will be happy with a good long daily walk to help him stay physically fit and mentally stimulated. Because Poodles are known to excel in agility, a tossed ball or Frisbee at the local dog park is a great way to change-up his exercise routine and allow him to socialize with other dogs.
The Irish Wolfoodle typically picks up the low- to non-shedding coat of the Poodle making him relatively low maintenance when it comes to brushing – 2 to 3 times per week will keep his coat mat- and tangle-free. Professional grooming will be required every 2 to 3 months to maintain the shape of his coat with bathing only as required. Because this pooch has floppy ears, you should plan to inspect and clean weekly to avoid potential infection