My brother (and I) both want one. He told me there was a breeder in Windom, MN but he's asking like $3000 for each pup. Which in my opinion, is a LITTLE steep. I looked on here and there's no breeders listed for Irish Wolfhounds, then I looked at some other sites and they're asking around $1500 each, which to me, is better than $3000 but still a lot of money for a dog. Why is it that they're so darn expensive?? Is it because they're kind of rare yet in the U.S.?? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!!
Irish wolfhounds are pretty rare, as breeds go. That means that especially if the puppies came from champion parents, a whole lot of money went into campaigning to get the dogs to their CH titles, simply because there isn't a whole lot of competition. They're short lived, which means that many breeders only will breed a female once in its entire lifetime. Maybe twice, but no more than that. All of this translates into greater costs for responsible breeders, as well as the breeders probably would prefer their breed never go the way of other popular breeds (great danes come to mind) that are becoming increasingly overbred.
joce, I think with every breed you have to look out for health problems. Like with the dane bloat, HOD, pano, wobblers, ect. I guess you just have to make sure you buy from a experianced breeder and do your research way before you even get a dog.
I meant more on the lines of they don't live as long as other breeds because they are so big. Their hearts can fail at eight or nine and they have joint problems way eatrlier than that. They love that dog though! I don't think I would be able to get one knowing they have such a short life span
Thanks, everyone for the great info. I kind of thought that they're still pretty rare in the U.S. Thanks for the link, paigebeverly and Minniyar thanks for the info. I don't really think I'll be getting one any time soon though, or my brother either. I know he can't go through a humane society or a shelter or anything like that, since he's pretty much going to have it outside. He'd put it in the barn or shop at night, but they won't have any indoor animals. I don't agree with keeping a dog outside but to each his own, I guess. They'd take good care of it and everything, I mean, they have several farm cats that stay outside and go in the barn at nite, but they have toys and treats and they get pretty darn spoiled, as far as farm cats go. They do come in the house a little bit at night but not for very long, as my sister-in-law is allergic to cats. Anyway, I hope we find one for them. They need a dog. Thanks again, everyone!!
Ack an Irish Wolfhound would be a horrible outdoor pet. If you saw how absolutely devoted and people oriented these dogs of Judys were, you'd see why. They give whole new meaning to the word velcro dog. I think like labs, an irish wolfhound would literally waste away if it was kept outside, and that's no joke. I doubt your brother will ever find a IW breeder who'd put up with knowing a dog of theirs woudl be kept outside. Not to mention, it'd shorten their lifespan even more.
I would never keep a wolfhound outside. If they are anything like danes they are truely sensitive dogs that have to be near their people all the time. If I leave Oscar out for 2 hours he gets a total attitude with me. And some people say that giant breed dogs only live about 8/9 years I think that is just a rough estimate. I know a lady that has a 17 year old dane and she is as healthy as she was at 2. My parents dane died at 11 because someone ran over her.
If I'm not mistaken, 8-9 years is a high estimate for Wolfhounds. Most I've known only live to be six at most. There are some breeders in the Oregon/Washington area (and probably everywhere) who do "long-life pedegrees". Still their dogs usually dont get much beyond 8, and two from one of those breeders only lived until 5.
There are longevity studies being done on a lot of giant breeds that are shortlived, including Irish Wolfhounds. It's strongly belived that there is a definite hereditary factor to a dog's lifespan. THe problem is, you don't know how long a dog will live until it's died... which limits you in breeding dogs you want ot be long lived. You would just have to pay very close attention to their pedigree and ancestors.
I agree-I would never keep ANY dog outside. We had an experience when I was younger about my border collie. We kept her mostly outside during the day and kept her inside at nite. Our neighbors didn't like the idea, even though we had a dog house out there and blankets and stuff for her. They came over one nite around 8 and took her and we never saw her again. My brother is a thick-headed son of a gun that won't believe me that dogs are meant to be indoors with their families. Why else have them?? He says that dog's ancestors never lived inside and they survived. But I rebut with dogs nowadays are acclimated to living indoors but, like I said, he's a thick-headed son of a gun and he won't listen to me. I would never have an outdoor dog ever again. And I don't agree with him but if he gets an outdoor dog, then so be it. I didn't want to post this just to start a fight.