Great Dane vs Irish Wolfhound

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
7 to 10 years
Size:

Extra Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Medium

Best For

Great Dane dogs are best for experienced pup parents who will be home most of the day. They can do well in small homes or apartments as long as there's enough space to move around.

Great Dane Temperament

Don’t be fooled by the breed’s large size and assume this dog has an intimidating personality to match. Great Danes are, in fact, loyal and kind with happy personalities and they desire to always be near their people. Great Danes prefer to keep you in their line of...

Don’t be fooled by the breed’s large size and assume this dog has an intimidating personality to match. Great Danes are, in fact, loyal and kind with happy personalities and they desire to always be near their people. Great Danes prefer to keep you in their line of sight, and you can forget about eating alone or cooking a meal by yourself ever again!

Great Danes can sometimes come off as shy, aloof or reserved, but they aren’t naturally aggressive dogs. Socializing your Great Dane puppy at an early age will help them become more comfortable around new people and other dogs. They have a deep, powerful bark that can be intimidating to visitors, but this is a case where the bark is really worse than the bite.

The Great Dane was originally bred to be a hunting dog. Today, they mainly fill the role of “lovable family member.” And don’t be surprised if your Great Dane attempts to be a lap dog—the results can be hilarious.

Great Dane Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
6 to 8 years
Size:

Extra Large

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

Medium

Best For

Due to their large size, Irish Wolfhounds need homes with plenty of space—otherwise, they're likely to bump into and break anything fragile. They are best suited to families with older children and pet parents...

Due to their large size, Irish Wolfhounds need homes with plenty of space—otherwise, they're likely to bump into and break anything fragile. They are best suited to families with older children and pet parents who understand the challenges of extra-large dogs.

Irish Wolfhound Temperament

If you’ve ever dreamed of being friends with Chewbacca, you’re in luck: Being BFFs with an Irish Wolfhound dog, the gentle giant of the canine world, might be the next best thing. These pups are kind, loving and more loyal to you than even Chewy was to Han...

If you’ve ever dreamed of being friends with Chewbacca, you’re in luck: Being BFFs with an Irish Wolfhound dog, the gentle giant of the canine world, might be the next best thing. These pups are kind, loving and more loyal to you than even Chewy was to Han Solo. But despite all that devotion, their sighthound instincts sometimes convince them that their agenda is more important than yours when it comes to, say, napping, counter surfing or watching squirrels.

Irish Wolfhounds can adapt to life with other pets in their household if carefully trained. Due to their instinct as hunting dogs, some may be less trustworthy around cats—it really depends on the individual dog and their training. Irish Wolfhounds are generally good with children and love interacting with them, but are better suited for households with older children simply due to their size; your pup may accidentally knock a small child over while playing. (And watch that puppy nipping, because as adults, they have a strong bite force.)

This breed is generally not aggressive and has a calm demeanor, loves to run and is athletic. But while their traits and qualities were well suited to their original job (a talented and skilled hunting dog), today’s dogs are much more likely to be talented and skilled couch potatoes if you let them.

Irish Wolfhound Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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