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!

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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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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.

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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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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. 

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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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Photobombed

Photobombed

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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.

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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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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Just A Lap Dog

Just A Lap Dog

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Nina Smyth Report

crazy_cat_notAlady
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Cindy Briscoe Hewson Report

#12

Dog-Head Is Served. Enjoy Your Meal!

Dog-Head Is Served. Enjoy Your Meal!

zeusz.dog Report

#13

My Dad, Who Always Complains About The Dogs

My Dad, Who Always Complains About The Dogs

FrrriskyWhiskey Report

Marleen
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Favorite Place To Nap

LuvKittensDaily Report

Jordan W.
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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...

fashionabilityrose Report

#16

Floki. He’s Such A Sweetheart!

Floki. He’s Such A Sweetheart!

Bonnie Pinkerton Report

#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

satujeu Report

Care
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Missed caption opportunity - this is def Gandalf and some hobbits

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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...

Parnell Kelly Report

#20

Happy And Houndy Thanksgiving!

Happy And Houndy Thanksgiving!

bigirishdogs1 Report

Care
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

TJNel Report

nanashi
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

here we see the Kitchen Fluff Seal in their natural habitat

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#23

When You're The Size Of A Couch

When You're The Size Of A Couch

Gudrun Schmitz‎ Report

#24

Ever Get The Feeling Someone’s Watching You?

Ever Get The Feeling Someone’s Watching You?

lisabobst Report

#25

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

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

thebarkshire Report

#26

Partners In Crime

Partners In Crime

irishwolfhound_community Report

#27

Huge Paw Or Small Hand?

Huge Paw Or Small Hand?

Debbie Park Report

#29

Jarvis Watching His Boy

Jarvis Watching His Boy

Carrie Hodges Report

#31

Meet Winnie The White Wolfie

Meet Winnie The White Wolfie

winniethewhitewolfie Report

#32

The Space Cowboy And The Gangster Of Love

The Space Cowboy And The Gangster Of Love

HWolfhound Report

#33

This Irish Wolfhound Testing The Ice Cream For His Human

This Irish Wolfhound Testing The Ice Cream For His Human

urturningviolet Report

#35

They Want His Pizza!

They Want His Pizza!

austonley_irish_wolfhounds Report

#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

Dot Morris Report

#38

Me And Auntie Terri

Me And Auntie Terri

enzoandfischtv Report

Nikki D
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

ornx Report

#40

Truman The Irish Wolfhound Therapy Dog

Truman The Irish Wolfhound Therapy Dog

APTherapyDogs Report

#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.

deadmuleranch Report

Catlady6000
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Finy Pijnenburg Report

#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
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

speshalf Report

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#45

Size Is Not An Obstacle

Size Is Not An Obstacle

HWolfhound Report

#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

ajstewart243 Report

My O My
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

NanZ
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How do the pups parents get to eat? They just walk right up to the tables and counters! Training? Lock them in another room? I would love to have one except I am only 5', 120 lbs and fragile bones. They don't look like they have a mean bone in their bodies, but they could accidentally hurt someone I would think. Such cool dogs!

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#50

Rex Is A Tiny Little Lap-Dog

Rex Is A Tiny Little Lap-Dog

Anne Sofie Bay Østergaard Report

#51

How Many Dogs Do You See?

How Many Dogs Do You See?

Wendy Jepson Report

#52

Paddrick Loves His Baby Girl!

Paddrick Loves His Baby Girl!

Natalie Jackson Report

Char Char
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

#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

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#55

A Girl Needs To Be Pampered Sometimes

A Girl Needs To Be Pampered Sometimes

winterthewolfhound Report

#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

#57

Always A Lap Dog

Always A Lap Dog

Kayla Eve Report

#58

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

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

yo_heleit Report

#59

Irish Wolfhound Lounger

Irish Wolfhound Lounger

erikwestra Report

#60

Galahad Getting A Bath

Galahad Getting A Bath