Irish Wolfoodle: irish wolfhound poodle mix

Irish Wolfoodle: irish wolfhound poodle mix

If you’re the type of person who appreciates unusual things, you may love the Irish Wolfhound mixed with the Poodle. Unlike other Doodle breeds, this cute dog with shaggy fur makes them look a bit messier than others.

Irish Wolfoodle Dog Breed Information – All You Need To Know
Irish Wolfoodle Dog Breed Information – All You Need To Know

You’ve also probably guessed already that this Doodle is a combination of the Irish Wolfhound and Poodle. These two breeds combined to form this hybrid make them a fantastic medium-sized, gentle, and affectionate dog.

Irish Wolfoodle: Irish Wolfhound Mix With Poodle
Irish Wolfoodle: Irish Wolfhound Mix With Poodle

However, their temperament can be somewhat intriguing with the Poodle’s active nature and the Irish Wolfhound’s laid-back personality.

Irish Wolfoodle Dog Breed Health, Temperament, Training
Irish Wolfoodle Dog Breed Health, Temperament, Training

To know how their contrasting differences can make that Irish Wolf Doodle special, keep on reading.

What is a Irish Wolfoodle?

The larger than life Irish Wolfoodle brings the size, scale and gentle nature of the Irish Wolfhound together with the smart, playful Standard Poodle to create a quiet, easy-going family dog who is highly sociable and gets along well with kids and other pets.

The Irish Wolfoodle brings the gentle nature of the Irish Wolfhound together with the playful Standard Poodle.


The Irish Wolfoodle is a Designer Dog that likely surfaced back in the 1980s when mixing and matching two different pure-bred dogs first became popular. The goal was to produce puppies that carried the desired traits of both parent breeds – typically a healthier, smaller, hypo-allergenic or gentler form of a well-liked breed.


Because the Irish Wolfoodle is the result of two different pure-bred dogs he isn’t eligible to join the American Kennel Club (AKC) however both parent breeds are long-time members; the Poodle joined AKCs “non-sporting” group in 1887 while the Irish Wolfhound has been a member of the “hound” group since 1897.

How easy are Irish Wolfoodle to train?

To avoid a large, unruly and undisciplined pooch you need to ensure your Irish Wolfoodle is obedience trained and socialized early on. This big boy comes from two intelligent breeds so will pick up commands quickly however the Wolfhound’s laid-back attitude can make him a challenge to train. A firm, consistent and rewards-based approach will net you the best results however bring in a professional trainer if you aren’t seeing improvement.

Diet and Nutrition

The Irish Wolfoodle will need a top-quality food that meets his nutritional needs from a size, age and activity level. This dog can be prone to a disease called megaesophagus (see health issues) and if it is diagnosed by your vet it will mean adjusting your approach to feeding. 2 to 3 small meals throughout the day versus free-feeding and no snacking or sneaking food from another pet’s bowl. Because this ailment causes chronic vomiting, you will need a calorie-dense food that delivers all his nutritional needs without the need to eat volumes. You should also feed him from a raised food bowl to increase the angle of his esophagus and permit food to move down to his stomach. The Poodle side of this pooch can also be prone to digestive issues so smaller meals are again encouraged, with a low-fat option being ideal.

The Irish Wolfoodle is a gentle giant who is easy-going and gets along well with kids and other animals.

How would you describe the temperament of Irish Wolfoodle?

In spite of his size, the Irish Wolfoodle is a gentle giant who is easy-going and gets along well with kids and other animals. This dog bonds closely with his human pack and while he is highly protective, he isn’t aggressive and doesn’t bark much – his size alone makes him a formidable watchdog. This placid pooch is highly intelligent, loyal, obedient and loving – everything you could ever want in a companion dog.


Your Irish Wolfoodle will weigh between 90 to 120 pounds when he reaches adulthood.

How healthy are Irish Wolfoodle?

As with most designer dogs, the Irish Wolfoodle will side-step many of the health issues that can plague his pure-bred parents. That said, its always important to know what your new pup could inherit and in this instance, he can be prone to joint issues, digestive issues and a disease called megaesophagus which can require adjustments to his feeding routine.

How active are Irish Wolfoodle?

In spite of his large size the Irish Wolfoodle isn’t an overly active dog and will be happy with a good long daily walk to help him stay physically fit and mentally stimulated. Because Poodles are known to excel in agility, a tossed ball or Frisbee at the local dog park is a great way to change-up his exercise routine and allow him to socialize with other dogs.

The gentle Irish Wolfoodle bonds closely with his family and makes a loving, loyal pet.

How long will Irish Wolfoodle live?

Irish Wolfoodles are a large, relatively healthy dog that will typically live between 8 and 12 years.

Recognized Clubs

The Irish Wolfoodle’s Designer Dog status means he isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) however he is a member of the Designer Breed Registry (DBR and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).


The Irish Wolfoodle typically picks up the low- to non-shedding coat of the Poodle making him relatively low maintenance when it comes to brushing – 2 to 3 times per week will keep his coat mat- and tangle-free. Professional grooming will be required every 2 to 3 months to maintain the shape of his coat with bathing only as required. Because this pooch has floppy ears, you should plan to inspect and clean weekly to avoid potential infection


Young Irish Wolfoodles are a large-breed puppy – they grow rapidly and owners need to be aware of their dietary needs. Free-feeding him foods that are high-energy (calories) or high-calcium can result in orthopedic diseases known to occur in large, fast-growing dogs including Irish Wolfhounds. Puppies can’t properly absorb the added calcium and it can impact bone growth. Consult with your vet or breeder about the best diet for your little guy. And remember this breed can experience joint issues later in life so be careful not to over-stress limbs during exercise and play sessions.

Related Questions

Are Irish Wolfoodles Hypoallergenic?

  • Irish Wolfadoodles most likely came about for their hypoallergenic coats. Wolfadoodles can have either wavy or curly hair that has little to no shedding. This trait is great for people with mild allergies or asthma. But it does come at a cost.
  • The first thing to know is that your Doodle’s coat is high maintenance. It tangles easily and needs constant daily attention. You will need daily brushing and trims every 6-8 weeks by a professional groomer.
  • Not only does this take a lot of time for such a large dog, but it also costs a chunk of money. And it’s something they will need all of their life, so it won’t go away.
  • And there is always a chance that your Wolfadoodle will have a straight coat that sheds an average amount. So if having a hypoallergenic coat is a deal-breaker for you, you will want to talk with your breeder. They can help guide you to the right puppy for your needs.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

The Irish Wolfoodle is a gentle giant who is easy-going and gets along well with kids and other animals.

What’s The Irish Wolfoodle Price?

The price of an Irish Wolfoodle is not very much high. You can adopt them at a low price as well as at a higher price. It all depends on the adoption point from where you are buying them. If you contact a rescue center or a shelter home, you can adopt them at the cost of 300 dollars only. Contrary to it, if you contact a well-known breeder, their prices may start from 1500 dollars and may reach up to 2000 dollars. Sometimes size, age, health condition, and location affect the overall cost of these dogs. The plus point is, they do not require much grooming. 

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.