Irish Wolfhounds have a majestic heritage that is believed to date back to 391 AD. Named for their mix, Wolfhounds were used by the Gaels as hunting dogs, who called them Cú Faol (wolfhound). While they might sound like the stuff of legends - they are now known as sweet, affectionate, and sometimes silly dogs. According to the official World Canine Federation standards, the desired height of this large dog breed is 32 inches (81cm) to 34 inches (86cm).

The tallest of all the American Kennel Club breeds, these big dogs might look intimidating from afar. But as their owners can prove in these photos, they are just loveable goofballs. Scroll down below to check out this Bored Panda list of hilariously adorable Irish Wolfhounds we have collected from our readers that sent us the pics of their large dogs as well as some pics found on the internet. Don't forget to upvote your favorite of these adorable dogs, and if you want even more, check out our previous post on Irish Wolfhounds as well!

#1

Murphy At 8 Months, He’s Now 4 Years Old And 165lb

Murphy At 8 Months, He’s Now 4 Years Old And 165lb

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Michelle Muirhead 4 months ago

If it runs out of petrol (gas), the dog can pull it.

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It's hard to believe but this highly regarded breed almost went extinct. Irish Wolfhounds were primarily used for hunting in the past so when the number of wolves and elk in Ireland decreased at one point, so did the demand for the breed. By 1800 the breed had thinned out, but Capt. George A. Graham was sure that there were still a few Irish Wolfhounds left in Ireland. In the mid-1800s, the captain made it his mission to find these remaining Wolfhounds and use them to revive the breed. Graham crossed the Irish Wolfhounds he found with Scottish Deerhounds to help revive the population.

#2

Throwback To When The Grass Was Green And It Was Just Her And Him

Throwback To When The Grass Was Green And It Was Just Her And Him

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Jordan W. 4 months ago

Where's that place?

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#3

We Want Your Toast!

We Want Your Toast!

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Michelle Muirhead 4 months ago

All those sad pleading eyes:)

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Height isn't the only trait that makes this rare dog breed unique. Most dog breeds come in the same common variations of colors - but usually blue isn't one of them. Pure Irish wolfhounds come in many colors, from cream to black, but some end up as blue. To be technical blue in dogs isn't a color but a color paling effect which dilutes the color pigment of the coat, skin, and eyes - called 'blue dilute.' This trait used to be considered impermissible to the point that the affected puppies were put down at birth or as soon after as their color became obvious. Now it is known that this in no way affects the health of the dog. 

#4

My Irish Wolfhound, Sitting On Grandma’s Lap. He Has No Idea How Big He Is

My Irish Wolfhound, Sitting On Grandma’s Lap. He Has No Idea How Big He Is

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Ale_Vidal23 4 months ago

when you don't realise you're no pupper anymore

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#5

Photobombed

Photobombed

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

Best photobomb I've seen in ages!! That FACE!

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Irish Wolfhounds used to hunt large game such as wild boar and deer. With their large stature and skill, they make great hunters and are still even used to this day to herd sheep. One might think that their ability to attack animals would translate into a great guard dog, but you would be mistaken. This breed is not suspicious of strangers, nor are they aggressive towards them.

#6

Big Ron And Big Ern

Big Ron And Big Ern

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

Shaggy twins!

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#7

If Lincoln Can’t Be A Couch Dog Then She Will Be A Floor Person

If Lincoln Can’t Be A Couch Dog Then She Will Be A Floor Person

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Luis Milian 4 months ago

what dog? I see a lil girl laying on the carpet...

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The earliest written record of an Irish Wolfhound is from 391 A.D., scribed in a letter from a Roman consul to his brother. The consul thanks his brother for his gift of “Irish dogs,” saying, “All Rome viewed them in wonder.” Apparently these “wolfdogs of Ireland” were often gifted to Roman consuls, as well as to kings of other European countries, to shahs of Persia, and other world leaders.

#8

Just A Lap Dog

Just A Lap Dog

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MagicalUnicorn 4 months ago

well, little one definitely fits on big one's lap :D

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#9

Christmas Morning Pjs

Christmas Morning Pjs

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Martata 4 months ago

Imagine the doggo standing. Too tall for the family pictures

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Most models must be tall and lean - so it makes sense that the Irish Wolfhound would make the best canine model of the breeds. These dogs are said to be very photogenic and good in front of the camera, which is why they are frequently used in fashion photography. 

#10

Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast

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crazy_cat_notAlady 4 months ago

ahem...whom are u calling "beast"? it's beauty and beauty all the way. -_-

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#11

Gilligan Sharing A Birthday Kiss With 110 Year Old Mariette

Gilligan Sharing A Birthday Kiss With 110 Year Old Mariette

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Michelle Muirhead 4 months ago

Sweet

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#12

Dog-Head Is Served. Enjoy Your Meal!

Dog-Head Is Served. Enjoy Your Meal!

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Ashley Maurer 4 months ago

LOL! He looks like an urRu from The Dark Crystal.

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#13

My Dad, Who Always Complains About The Dogs

My Dad, Who Always Complains About The Dogs

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Marleen 4 months ago

It's always the "grumpy" dads who don't want pets and then love them the most :)

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#14

Favorite Place To Nap

Luv Kittens Daily

Our 3lb kitten's favorite place to nap is in between her two 180lb Irish Wolfhound brothers.

9:00 AM - 2 Dec 2016

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Jordan W. 4 months ago

I thought it was one whole dog while scrolling down

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#15

Sloane Got To Sit On My Lap. He Wasn't Excited At All...

Sloane Got To Sit On My Lap. He Wasn't Excited At All...

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Mimsy 4 months ago

The joy

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#16

Floki. He’s Such A Sweetheart!

Floki. He’s Such A Sweetheart!

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

So dignified!

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#17

Looks Like They're About To Drop The Hottest Music Album Of The Year

Looks Like They're About To Drop The Hottest Music Album Of The Year

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Care 4 months ago

Missed caption opportunity - this is def Gandalf and some hobbits

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#18

On A Walk

On A Walk

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MagicalUnicorn 4 months ago

who walks who?

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#19

This Is Guinness. He Just Passed Last Month At 9 Years...

This Is Guinness. He Just Passed Last Month At 9 Years...

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Michelle Muirhead 4 months ago

Bless. So sorry that big dogs don’t live longer.

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#20

Happy And Houndy Thanksgiving!

Happy And Houndy Thanksgiving!

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Care 4 months ago

Lol that would be my grandma's nightmare

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#21

How He Lies In The Kitchen Waiting For Something To Fall

How He Lies In The Kitchen Waiting For Something To Fall

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nanashi 4 months ago

here we see the Kitchen Fluff Seal in their natural habitat

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#22

This Gang

This Gang

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Sarcastic Cow 4 months ago

They´re behind me...

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#23

When You're The Size Of A Couch

When You're The Size Of A Couch

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NanZ 4 months ago

These just crack me up!

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#24

Ever Get The Feeling Someone’s Watching You?

Ever Get The Feeling Someone’s Watching You?

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Charlotte Ayers 4 months ago

"Whatever it is, I didn't do it."

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#25

Manager Amber Is 5ft... Moose Is One Big Boy!

Manager Amber Is 5ft... Moose Is One Big Boy!

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My O My 4 months ago

Brilliant choice of name

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#26

Partners In Crime

Partners In Crime

irishwolfhound_community Report

Dilly Millandry 4 months ago

Probably better places to play Hide & Seek!

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#27

Huge Paw Or Small Hand?

Huge Paw Or Small Hand?

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Lisa Florina 4 months ago

Can i say both? :p

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#28

My Boy Fezzik

My Boy Fezzik

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Anne 4 months ago

teefff!!!

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#29

Jarvis Watching His Boy

Jarvis Watching His Boy

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Michelle Muirhead 4 months ago

He will protect him forever.

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#30

Naps And Cuddles With Hoomum

Naps And Cuddles With Hoomum

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Bluebell Rizzi 4 months ago

I need Wolfhound spoons

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#31

Meet Winnie The White Wolfie

Meet Winnie The White Wolfie

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N 4 months ago

the polka dot nose is the cutest!

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#32

The Space Cowboy And The Gangster Of Love

The Space Cowboy And The Gangster Of Love

HWolfhound Report

Michelle Muirhead 4 months ago

Is he drooling considering the little one as a snack?

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#33

This Irish Wolfhound Testing The Ice Cream For His Human

This Irish Wolfhound Testing The Ice Cream For His Human

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Dilly Millandry 4 months ago

A noble sacrifice indeed!

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#34

Best Kisses

Best Kisses

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Michelle Muirhead 4 months ago

I think her neck just snapped.

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#35

They Want His Pizza!

They Want His Pizza!

austonley_irish_wolfhounds Report

glowworm2 4 months ago

THese are the same guys that also want toast!

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#36

My Buddy Chester Almost One Year Old Irish Wolfhound. He Wanted To Look Out The Window

My Buddy Chester Almost One Year Old Irish Wolfhound. He Wanted To Look Out The Window

adeburgh Report

#37

Stanley, 38 Inches At Shoulder, 101 Kilos (223 Pounds) Of Pure Love

Stanley, 38 Inches At Shoulder, 101 Kilos (223 Pounds) Of Pure Love

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Michelle Muirhead 4 months ago

You need a bigger lap:)

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#38

Me And Auntie Terri

Me And Auntie Terri

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Nikki D 4 months ago

It's hard to believe that some of these are even real!

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#39

Little Brother Out Walking The Dog

Little Brother Out Walking The Dog

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Char Char 4 months ago

Kid has quite the confident strut too!

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#40

Truman The Irish Wolfhound Therapy Dog

Airport Therapy

WE are HUGE fans of Truman the Irish Wolfhound therapy dog at Los Angeles International Airport!
I loved this family and especially this little girl. 😍♥️#laxpups... #therapydogs... #irishwolfhounds... @flylaxairport... @laxpups...

PHOTO: @goodboytruman...

5:01 AM - 27 Mar 2019

APTherapyDogs Report

Harley Kroll 4 months ago

I want this at my airport!

#41

For Perspective I Am 6’ Tall Tall

For Perspective I Am 6’ Tall Tall

One of the questions people routinely ask when they meet Django is “How tall is he when he is standing on his hind legs “ or “ Can I take a photo of him with his paws on your shoulders?” Answer “I have never tried to measure him and I have never let him put his paws on my shoulders.” From an early age I discouraged him from wanting to put his paws on my shoulders!! He is so heavy and strong it would be painful. Plus he could easily knock me or any else down if he got too excited. This is as close as it gets doing his Pony trick for a treat For perspective I am 6’ tall.

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Catlady6000 4 months ago

Smart owner. I would have to train any large dog this way, unfortunately. Pain issues. I wish I could enjoy doggy hugs the way I did when I was young

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#42

This Is Kyle And His Big Friend Diesel

This Is Kyle And His Big Friend Diesel

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Catlady6000 4 months ago

Which one is Diesel?

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#43

Mommy Got Me An Emergency Dog Carrier In Case I Get Hurt Out Hiking! I’m Pretty Chill Being Carried, But Mommy Can’t Pick Me Up!

Mommy Got Me An Emergency Dog Carrier In Case I Get Hurt Out Hiking! I’m Pretty Chill Being Carried, But Mommy Can’t Pick Me Up!

citydogsf Report

Dilly Millandry 4 months ago

A lot of people don't think about how they'd manage a massive dog if it becomes sick or gets injured.

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#44

Alfred Wonders How He Will Get Past The Guard Chiwa Blocking His Route To A Snack

Alfred Wonders How He Will Get Past The Guard Chiwa Blocking His Route To A Snack

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Michelle Muirhead 4 months ago

Little but feisty

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#45

Size Is Not An Obstacle

Size Is Not An Obstacle

HWolfhound Report

John L 4 months ago

Leash, right. Who's walking whom???

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#46

Weigh In For My 6 Month Baby. Happy Half Year Birthday To All 115 Pounds Of This Sweet Girl

Weigh In For My 6 Month Baby. Happy Half Year Birthday To All 115 Pounds Of This Sweet Girl

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My O My 4 months ago

She doesn't seem to approve of the weight gain

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#47

My Dog Merlin Met A Horse

My Dog Merlin Met A Horse

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Janine B. 4 months ago

So which one is the horse?

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#48

1. Your Face When You See Yourself In A New Collar 2. Your Face When You Realize You Get To Keep Said Collar

1. Your Face When You See Yourself In A New Collar 2. Your Face When You Realize You Get To Keep Said Collar

wolfhounds_and_lee Report

TD Baker 4 months ago

i doubt it's a collar, probably a belt for a toddler to fits these big boys.

#49

King Size Fur Babies

King Size Fur Babies

walterthewolfhound Report

Karen Dyer 4 months ago

Maybe we should get a Irish Wolf hound to go with our Main Coon.

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#50

Rex Is A Tiny Little Lap-Dog

Rex Is A Tiny Little Lap-Dog

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Care 4 months ago

Just a dainty boy

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#51

How Many Dogs Do You See?

How Many Dogs Do You See?

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

Two dogs and three HUUUGE floofers!

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#52

Paddrick Loves His Baby Girl!

Paddrick Loves His Baby Girl!

Natalie Jackson Report

Char Char 4 months ago

Paddrick would love a taste of that ice cream even more!

#53

Crazy Familly

Crazy Familly

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NanZ 4 months ago

Precious!

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#54

Often Forget That I Have A Big Dog As Have Got So Used To It. Then I Look At This Photograph

Often Forget That I Have A Big Dog As Have Got So Used To It. Then I Look At This Photograph

davidrae1963 Report

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#55

A Girl Needs To Be Pampered Sometimes

A Girl Needs To Be Pampered Sometimes

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Smiley Rie 4 months ago

Too cute

#56

I Think If We Stare Really Hard And Don't Move They Will Let Us Back In

I Think If We Stare Really Hard And Don't Move They Will Let Us Back In

winterthewolfhound Report

tuzdayschild 4 months ago

And they will

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#57

Always A Lap Dog

Always A Lap Dog

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#58

Took Care Of My Aunt’s Puppy For A Few Days

Took Care Of My Aunt’s Puppy For A Few Days

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#59

Irish Wolfhound Lounger

Erik Westra

Freya’s just chillin’ in her new Irish Wolfhound lounger.

2:48 PM - 25 Feb 2013

erikwestra Report

#60

Galahad Getting A Bath

Galahad Getting A Bath

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Michelle Muirhead 4 months ago

The look of horror on his face.

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#61

Saw This Guy Driving Home. Had To Pull Over Because I Have Never Seen Anything Like This In My Life

Saw This Guy Driving Home. Had To Pull Over Because I Have Never Seen Anything Like This In My Life

lankyllama- Report

Char Char 4 months ago

Pull over. Get out. Pet dog.

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#62

My Mother's Irish Wolfhound, With Banana For Scale

My Mother's Irish Wolfhound, With Banana For Scale

FistbumpFromDestiny Report

#63

Not Only Is Tully A Bed Hog, He’s A Pillow Hog Too

Not Only Is Tully A Bed Hog, He’s A Pillow Hog Too

tully_and_reilly_the_wolfies Report

#64

Baby Feet Are Delicious!

Baby Feet Are Delicious!

dramtheiw Report

Anne 4 months ago

Well, doggo is not wrong! baby feet are the best!

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#65

This Is Fergus

This Is Fergus

Clair Smith Report

Friedlander Rosenzweig 4 months ago

“It’s hot out here in a fur coat!”

#66

Me And My Boys

Me And My Boys

irishwolfhound_community Report

Friedlander Rosenzweig 4 months ago

Burglar alarm? Why?

#67

Tormaigh Loves His Mommy!

Tormaigh Loves His Mommy!

MrsSquishyToad Report

Friedlander Rosenzweig 4 months ago

Mommy needs to stand on the steps.

#68

Tried To Get Down To His Level But It Didn't Work

Tried To Get Down To His Level But It Didn't Work

radarthewolfhound Report

#69

Me With My Late Irish Wolfhound Faust. I'm 184cm

Me With My Late Irish Wolfhound Faust. I'm 184cm

Joel Hultdin Report

NanZ 4 months ago

So sorry for your loss.

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#70

It’s Hard Work Chasing Cows. Got To Rest Up Until This Evening And Go Make The Rounds Again

It’s Hard Work Chasing Cows. Got To Rest Up Until This Evening And Go Make The Rounds Again

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N 4 months ago

I love that he has his own couch-bed - and the size of that dog bone!!

#71

I Guess They Are Ready To Go

I Guess They Are Ready To Go

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Marcellus the Third 4 months ago

You sure it's ready? You buckle up a person when driving... I don't want to be involved in a crash at speed where 100kg of wolf flies through the car.

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#72

How Bout A Bear Hug Momma? I Mean, A Wolfhound Hug?

How Bout A Bear Hug Momma? I Mean, A Wolfhound Hug?

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#73

Our Irish Wolfhound Turns 6 This Year. She's As Tall As The Counters In The Kitchen

Our Irish Wolfhound Turns 6 This Year. She's As Tall As The Counters In The Kitchen

nessundorma Report

Jill 4 months ago

Must be really easy for the dog to counter surf. (For those of you who don't have dogs or may not know, it means to pull things down from the countertops.)

#74

Just Irish Wolfhound Things...

Just Irish Wolfhound Things...

callum.gough.official Report

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#75

Num Num Num!

Num Num Num!

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#76

Love My Crazy Beast!

Love My Crazy Beast!

Maia Mosillo Report

Sadie Jayne 4 months ago

I love him too!Lucky you!!!

#77

A Large Dog Or A Small Woman?

A Large Dog Or A Small Woman?

neoronin Report

SirPatTheCat 4 months ago

Lol is that a rain cape

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#78

My Irish Wolfhound With My Dog Walker

My Irish Wolfhound With My Dog Walker

Jenny V Skelton Report

Friedlander Rosenzweig 4 months ago

I bet he gets a nice gratuity at Christmas!

#79

Buddies

Buddies

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Sadie Jayne 4 months ago

LITTLE DOG " Beg your pardon! You talking to me?"

#80

My Most Favourite Dog In The World! 9 Months

My Most Favourite Dog In The World! 9 Months