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The Irish Wolfhound is a breed of hound (a sighthound), bred to hunt. They are very large with a swift pace and good sight. They have a rough coat (gray, brindle, red, black, pure white, or fawn), a large arrow head and a long, muscular neck.
The breed is very old, possibly from before 1 CE created by the Celts as Cu Faoil, but the breed almost died out in the middle of the 19th century. In temperament they are considered gentle and usually friendly. Their life span is around 10 years.
In competition the minimum accepted height and weight for males are 81.25 cm and 54.5 kg, respectively.