Tall, muscular, yet with a calm demeanor.
These are only some of the words with which you could describe an Irish Wolfhound.
They are excellent hunting partners and can gallop at high speeds.
Chasing down prey and game?
Easy. Like Sunday morning.
Fighting wolves off?
Consider it done.
These absolute tanks of fearlessness have the ability to fight off a single wolf in combat.
Yet despite all these, they are still patient enough to be with babies and kids.
It’s no surprise why a lot of dog parents want a piece of their DNA in their pooch.
And out came several breeds mixed with the Irish Wolfhound.
Read on to learn:
- 17 most popular Irish Wolfhound mix dogs.
- What level of activities you need to provide for them.
- Tips on keeping your Irish Wolfhound mix physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.
- And a lot more…
Table of contents
- #1: Irish Wolfsky
- #2: Tibetan Wolfhound
- #3: Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier
- #4: German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound
- #5: Irish Wolfoodle
- #6: Great Wolfhound
- #7: Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer
- #8: Irish Dane
- #9: Irish Mastiff
- #10: Giant Irish Wolf Schnauzer
- #11: Irish Wolfhound Lab
- #12: Newfoundland Irish Wolfhound
- #13: Irish Wolf Greyhound
- #14: Irish Wolfhound Shepherd
- #15: Caucasian Shepherd Dog Irish Wolfhound
- #16: Irish Wolfhound Rottweiler
- #17: Irish Wolfhound Collie
#1: Irish Wolfsky
You probably can tell by the name what this mix is.
It’s between an Irish Wolfhound and Husky.
As most fur parents would know, Huskies are highly energetic and very active dog breeds.
After all, they are working dogs and can have the stamina for long hours of doing tasks.
Mix this with the size and hunting tendencies of the Irish Wolfskies. And you’ve got a whirlwind of energy coming at you.
Imagine a 90 lbs. (41kg.) dog biting and scratching at your couch…
Not a pretty sight, right?
Just like Huskies, the Irish Wolfsky would also need lots of attention when it comes to their daily activity levels.
I mean, Siberian Huskies need to be kept busy and entertained.
Otherwise, they can become destructive.
Just take a look at this:
This is true with Irish Wolfskies, too.
However, socializing them and providing them with a good training routine can help alleviate their behaviors.
If you do rein them in, you’ve got a loyal, active, and furry companion.
Make sure you also learn how to manage their shedding.
Read also: 9 Best Ways To Stop Husky Shedding ASAP (How-To Guide)
#2: Tibetan Wolfhound
Are you into huge dogs that are practically the size of bears?
The Tibetan Wolfhound might be for you.
This breed is a mix between the Tibetan Mastiff and Irish Wolfhound.
A huge canine like this could reach 30 to 33 in. (76.2 to 83.8 cm.) in height.
They would also weigh around 160 to 180 lbs. (73 to 82 kg.).
Hulk would look small next to them… jk!
But despite their monstrous size, they are very gentle and caring towards their pack.
They have a typically dense coat that looks like a healthy mix of brown and gray.
Tibetan Wolfhounds are also smart and are very much capable of learning basic training routines.
However, time must be devoted if you want to be a fur parent to a Tibetan Wolfhound.
They can become unruly and aggressive towards other dogs and humans if they lack socialization.
You should also be ready to go visit the vet regularly.
It’s true that crossbreeding may result in dogs having the best of both breeds.
But because of their size, medical issues can also be magnified at times.
According to research, smaller dogs have longer lifespans compared to their larger counterparts.
Tibetan Wolfhounds can experience health issues such as:
- Hip dysplasia.
- Elbow dysplasia.
#3: Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier
That’s a mouthful, right?
But that name might be appropriate for this dog breed because they are able to do a lot of things (including being in the military).
The Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier is a mix between the Irish Wolfhound and the Black Russian Terrier.
The Red Army were the ones who bred this dog to be a part of their military. Plus, these canines became loyal companions to their soldiers.
They are fearless, strong, and have the ability to adapt and survive harsh conditions.
I mean, have you seen the snow in Russia?
It can become thick that one wrong step and you’ll be hearing Adele singing, “Rolling in the deeeeeep”.
But, with this breed’s height at 25 to 30 in. (64 to 76 cm.), it’s relatively easy for them to move around.
They can also reach 80 to 150 lbs. (36 to 68 kgs.) in weight.
These dog breeds also have thick fur but aren’t prone to shedding.
If you are looking for a hypoallergenic large dog, then you might consider having a Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier
Due to the history of their breed, these pooches are obedient and can learn commands quickly.
They might even bark, “Da, comrade” at you.
#4: German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound
If you are looking for a pooch that’s highly energetic and active, then you’re in for a treat.
This breed is a mix between the Irish Wolfhound and German Wirehaired Pointer.
They’re known for their playfulness and friendliness. This is what makes this canine a perfect companion for fur parents who have kids.
They are more than willing to go for hours of activities with their hoomans and other pets.
Well, truth be told, playing for them isn’t just fun but rather a necessity.
They enjoy running outside for a quick exercise or even hiking with you on a trail.
If you have an athletic lifestyle, this pooch will be by your side wherever you go.
However, like most active dogs, they need to be trained and allowed to socialize.
Otherwise, they can become unruly and may not be good to have around small pets.
A German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound’s hair is thick especially during the colder months.
And when they shed for the summer, it can get a whole lot thinner.
If you have a need for your dog to be hypoallergenic, you should consider another breed.
“How big can they get?”
In most cases, this breed can grow between 22 to 30 in. (56 to 76 cm.) in height. And 80 to 105 lbs (36 to 48 kgs.) in weight.
A pretty good companion for cuddles during cold nights.
#5: Irish Wolfoodle
One of the friendly ones on this list, this gentle giant is a perfect partner. Especially if you want a fur baby that’s approachable and affectionate.
Standing at 24 to 30 in. (61 to 76 cm.) and weighing around 90 to 120 lbs. (41 to 54 kgs.), one might think that they are aggressive.
But quite the contrary.
This mix between an Irish Wolfhound and Poodle has a very calm temperament and is amiable.
They can even be comfortable when strangers approach and pet them.
If you want a “celebrity” dog, in which everyone can go up to them and play with them, this breed is perfect for you.
They live between 8 to 12 years which gives you plenty of time to have a friendly companion.
This breed is also good for families with babies and fur parents with several pets.
They’re gentle, easy-going, and won’t be as unruly and loud compared to other dog breeds.
Heavy shedding wouldn’t be a problem too as they don’t do it as much.
#6: Great Wolfhound
They got “Great” in their name and they’re also great in protecting their loved ones.
Perhaps, maybe even greater than the Great Wall of China.
This pooch is one of the most loyal dog breeds on this list.
If you’re looking for a guard dog, this loyal companion would be perfect for you.
This territorial dog breed can grow between 27 to 32 in. (69 to 81 cm.) tall.
And can also weigh 120 to 150 lbs. (54 to 68 kgs.)
This mix between the Great Pyrenees and Irish Wolfhound will most likely have a dense coat.
Shedding would also be a given for this breed.
Just make sure that you expose them to the outside world while they’re young.
Socialization is important to keep them in check and disciplined when they grow older.
A study shows the relevant effects of early age socialization in dogs.
In the research, 296 pups were observed.
145 of the fur parents reported that they enrolled their pups in doggie classes and had opportunities for socialization.
Those who were exposed to a number of humans and pups were found to be more fearless.
These fur babies weren’t afraid of loud noises such as thunder and vacuum – fur parents know how much dogs hate these.
#7: Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer
Cute in stature and calm, this dog breed is perfect if you want to be a fur parent to a lap dog.
If you have a small home, they would fit in very well.
They also do not have as much energy as an Irish Wolfhound and wouldn’t be running all around the house if they get bored.
The Miniature Schnauzer in the mix is what makes these pups petite and easy to carry.
Adult Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzers can grow between 15 to 25 in. (38 to 64 cm.) in height.
They can also weigh 35 to 55 lbs. (16 to 25 kgs.) which can be considered light to some fur parents.
Reining in this breed would be easy since they are tranquil for most of the time.
These pooches also love being around kids and are highly affectionate towards their hoomans.
Visits to the groomer might be frequent as this fur baby will grow a shaggy coat and will have unruly hair if left to grow out.
#8: Irish Dane
We’ve got another gentle giant on this list and it’s a mix between an Irish Wolfhound and Great Dane.
Don’t be fooled by their size. It doesn’t mean they’re aggressive.
And, as most fur parents would know, Great Danes are huge in stature.
Add to this the size of the Irish Wolfhoundл ѝnd you’ve got a pooch that can grow between 32 to 38 in. (81 to 97 cm.) in height.
They are also heavyweights that can break the backs of those who aren’t used to carrying heavy dogs.
“How much do they usually weigh?”
Somewhere between 100 to 180 lbs. (45 to 82 cm.)
Yep, they are huge pups.
But their size is also matched by their loyalty, affection, and intelligence.
This is why they are excellent family and guard dogs.
They can also be territorial at times. But not to the point that they’d get unnecessarily aggressive.
Thank the universe we’ve got breeders who mixed their breeds as they are perfect for cuddles.
However, the Irish Wolfhounds nearly got extinct during the 1800s.
Luckily, Capt. George A. Graham took it upon himself to crossbreed them with other dogs just to save their kind.
#9: Irish Mastiff
A mix between the Irish Wolfhound and a Mastiff resulted in this excellent working dog breed.
Armed with strength and agility, they are perfect for having around barns. Plus other places where a pooch like them is needed.
They are also excellent candidates for police work such as:
- Drug detection.
Since they have tons of energy, you’d need to provide them with activities that will stimulate their minds and bodies.
According to research, going out for hikes and runs would be perfect for this dog breed.
One more thing. If you plan on becoming a fur parent to an Irish Mastiff, make sure you’ve got enough space in your home.
They are huge in size with adults growing between 30 to 38 in. (76 to 97 cm.). And weighing at 105 to 180 lbs. (48 to 82 kgs.).
Their coat can grow like that of a Mastiff which is short and fine hair – great for keeping your couch fur-free.
Or they could have medium-long fleece similar to an Irish Wolfhound.
It all depends on the dominant gene.
#10: Giant Irish Wolf Schnauzer
This large dog breed just screams work.
Got a farm?
Then you might consider having a Giant Irish Wolf Schnauzer by your side.
They are the perfect farm dog that can help you guard your cattle, livestock. Plus, the general area of your acreage.
If you’ve got carts that need to be pulled, they’re there to help you out – no sweat.
These pooches are full of energy and are always on the go for any chore assigned to them.
However, because of their tough and strong characteristics, they can be rough when it comes to smaller pets.
Having a huge fur baby like this would also mean you need to watch them regularly as they might play ruggedly with little kids.
If you do not have experience in training dogs, you might wanna rethink having a Giant Irish Wolf Schnauzer in your home.
They can be very agile and would need your attention to keep them from being bored.
You don’t want an oversized tank of a dog rummaging your home because they still have energy left, right?
“Yeah, no. I don’t mind their size, but it can be tiring keeping the home in order.”
Well, it’s not that they can’t be tamed.
With the right behavior training and a confident fur parent, they are wonderful companion dogs.
They can grow between 25 to 30 in. (64 to 76 cm.) and weigh 75 to 140 lbs. (34 to 64 kgs.).
These pups also have high grooming requirements as their hair can grow scruffy and thick.
#11: Irish Wolfhound Lab
As you can infer from the name, this breed is a mix between an Irish Wolfhound and a Labrador.
This crossbreed is a designer dog that’s loving, energetic, and extremely outgoing.
Both of their ancestors are born to be hunters. So it’s likely that a mix between the two will also be an excellent hunting dog.
They also are more likely to be calm. And also more approachable compared to other working dogs.
“Oh, really? That’s nice.”
Irish Wolfhound Labs will also be good at being guard dogs that are well-built and have powerful jaws.
If you lead an active lifestyle, then you’d be happy having this pup as your companion.
You can take them to the great outdoors for hikes. And you won’t worry they’ll get tired easily.
It’s as if they have energizer batteries in their brains that don’t give up.
As to their physical characteristics…
Irish Wolfhounds are typically 30 to 32 in. (76 to 81 cm.) and weigh around 105 to 120 lbs. (48 to 54 kgs.).
Labradors on the other hand have a mass between 21.5 to 24.5 in. (55 to 62 cm.) and stand at 55 to 80 lbs. (25 to 36 cm.).
#12: Newfoundland Irish Wolfhound
This breed is what one would get if an Irish Wolfhound and a Newfoundland were crossbred.
Both are gigantic dogs. And their mix would also easily take up a gigantic space in our hearts.
But don’t be fooled by their size.
They are actually quite calm, docile, and mellow.
A direct opposite as to what most people would assume because of their stature.
Because of their temperament, they would make perfect companion dogs. Meaning cuddle and snuggle time.
However, due to their size, it’s best to supervise them around kids.
They might accidentally hit them.
On the bright side…
The Newfoundland Irish Wolfhound would make an excellent watchdog as people are typically hesitant when they see their size.
If properly trained and cared for, you’ll have a large and furry friend for about 8 to 12 years.
To keep them from being bored, you’ll need to at least give them exercise for about 30 to 45 minutes.
Good examples of these exercises would be:
You should also keep a comb nearby as their coat can be dense and would need to be brushed once a day.
#13: Irish Wolf Greyhound
Tall and slim, you might think these pups are for Victoria’s Secret runway show.
Oh, c’mon, we all know they might even be contenders for top models.
They are cute, furry, and have strong personalities.
These pups are energetic and are always game for an outdoor stroll.
Irish Wolf Greyhounds are typically the kind of dogs that would want to always be by your side.
And can get along with other animals and humans if they are trained to socialize at a young age.
Due to their high energy levels, they would need long walks or other physically taxing activities.
Attend their exercise otherwise you’ll get a dog that would be unruly and could be destructive.
They might also have the tendency to prey dive.
It’s your pooch’s instinct to run after or catch some prey.
Not surprising as both Irish Wolfhounds and Greyhounds are hunting dogs.
They might have the urge to run after:
- Field mice.
Training them to recognize, recall, and follow vocal cues such as “leave it” would be helpful.
#14: Irish Wolfhound Shepherd
While this breed may not be as common as the others on this list, there are still some who would want to be their fur parents.
Bring bred from one of the most excellent guard dogs – the German Shepherd and the Irish Wolfhound, you’re gonna love this pooch.
This crossbreed would be perfect for guarding livestock and other farm-related activities that focus on security.
GSDs are typically territorial and it’d be the same for your mixed breed, too.
This is also the reason why GSDs make good police dogs.
It’d be no surprise if your Irish Wolfhound Shepherd is loyal to you and your family if you live with one.
On a normal day, when you’re out on a walk, you won’t find this fur baby being all protective and aggressive towards strangers.
However, they do have the tendency to be watchful of those they don’t know.
Their bark would also be something that could ward intruders off.
Especially if you’re away from home – the time when they’re most attentive and territorial.
Since your dog breed is highly active, you’ll need to get them exercise daily.
Going out on brisk walks or a swim in the pool would be great.
But also you need to stimulate their brains as they are highly intelligent.
Wouldn’t wanna lose their edge, right?
You can purchase toys that are interactive and make them work for treats such as this one.
#15: Caucasian Shepherd Dog Irish Wolfhound
From the name itself, this breed is what you get from crossbreeding an Irish Wolfhound with a Caucasian Shepherd Dog.
Much like some dogs on this list, they are also working dogs and can have high levels of energy.
While this pooch can be fearless, strong, and never backs down from threats, they can show the opposite towards their family.
They are fiercely loyal, caring, and loving towards those they consider a part of their pack.
Coming from both hunting and guard dogs, they are the perfect partner for those who have huge acreage that needs protection.
You have nothing to worry about.
#16: Irish Wolfhound Rottweiler
We’ve got another hunter-guard mix in this list.
As most fur parents would know, Rottweilers are recognized to be some of the best guard dogs you can add to your family.
Add to this the size and speed of Irish Wolfhounds, and you’ve got a hell of a furry machine.
Generally speaking, you’ll need to spend time training this pooch.
Let them learn vocal cues or else they might get suspicious and even aggressive toward strangers.
Especially those who they don’t trust.
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They shed a lot.
It doesn’t matter where they’d get most of their genetic structure – you’ll be seeing hair everywhere.
#17: Irish Wolfhound Collie
If you don’t have the stamina for running around, then, this crossbreed will tire you out easily.
Well, I think it wouldn’t really matter much, you’d love them anyway.
This mix would result in a relatively smaller pooch since Border Collies are of medium build.
However, despite their size, they can still occupy a lot of space.
If you live in a small living space, then you’ll need to make room for some more.
Exercise should also be done often to keep them stimulated.
Take them off the leash and you’ll see these pooches run around like Woody Woodpecker – maybe even faster.
And they’re also smart enough to know the difference between a painted tunnel and a real one.
What I’m trying to say is that this crossbreed is an intelligent being.