How Much Do Irish Wolfhounds Cost?

I got a rescue Irish Wolfhound and one of the major things you need to know before getting one is how much your Irish Wolfhound is going to cost. Here is information I found out about how much an Irish Wolfhound costs to purchase and their living expenses.

Irish Wolfhounds cost between $50 to $150 for a rescue dog and from $1500 to $2000 from a breeder. Food will cost upwards of $40 per week, and over the life of your dog, there will be medical bills and insurance as they can be prone to some diseases.

Buying an Irish Wolfhound

The first choice to make when purchasing an Irish wolfhound is whether you want to get the dog from a licensed breeder or from a rescue shelter. Both options have their positives and negatives.

Buying from a Breeder

When you buy your Irish Wolfhound from a breeder, you will pay a lot more, between $1500 to $2000. Ensure that you visit the breeder before buying, view the parents and the dog with its siblings. Get a guarantee from the breeder that they can take back the dog in a specified timeframe if there are illnesses or issues. Also, get a history of vaccinations and treatments for worms and fleas.

Buying from a Shelter

If you purchase an Irish Wolfhound from a rescue shelter, it is significantly cheaper, at about $50 to $250. The costs can vary depending on the location if you’re buying from a private or a county rescue shelter and the age of the dog. Often included in this price is vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and sometimes microchipping and training.

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Food for an Irish Wolfhound is another expensive proposition. With their size, they require a large amount of food, and I’ve found a varied diet to be best. You can expect to pay upwards of $40 a week for food. I generally give my dog a bit of variety, with some biscuits in the morning. For his dinner, he gets rice and biscuits with either raw chicken bones or wet dog food.

Medical Bills

For an Irish Wolfhound, the medical bills will most often be the most significant expense over the life of the dog. They are also the most unexpected, so are most likely to cause you financial hardship. Medical conditions such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, liver shunt, heart disease, osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD), osteosarcoma, and bloat are more common among Irish Wolfhounds than many other breeds. These conditions can range from $1000 up to $10000 or more to fix.

The other part of the medical costs for an Irish Wolfhound is the ongoing costs, such as vaccinations, worming, flea and tick control and joint health. Combined you are looking at about $100 monthly ongoing fees for these items.

Pet Insurance

With the number of possible health issues that Irish Wolfhounds are susceptible to, pet insurance is an excellent idea. Having the comfort of knowing that if your dog were to have an accident or fall ill suddenly, that you have help in paying for the costs is very reassuring. The prices of pet insurance can vary considerably and making sure that you know the details of your plan and coverage is essential when choosing a plan. With the variations in mind regarding the coverage, age of the dog, and location, the cost can vary from $20 up to $200 a month.


Dog toys for your Irish Wolfhound can provide them with stimulation and give you more choice for playing with your dog. Because of the size and strength of an Irish Wolfhound, you will need to get larger toys that are more durable, so that they aren’t a choking hazard. Durable rope toys and Kong dog toys are suitable. The cost for toys is minimal with a toy ranging in price from $15 to about $30 and no requirements on how many are needed.


Irish Wolfhounds are best suited to indoor living, with a calm temperament and a need for companionship they will want to be near you as much as possible. They don’t need a large house but do require daily exercise. If you have got a yard for your Irish Wolfhound to venture out into, a tall, sturdy fence is a necessity. Irish Wolfhounds are sight hounds, so if they spot something that activates their prey instinct, an underground fence or calling it will not stop your dog.

The main cost that every Irish Wolfhound owner will have for housing will be a bed for your dog to sleep on. Irish Wolfhounds are tall, heavy and more lethargic than other dog breeds, so choosing a comfortable bed for your dog is vital for its health. If it doesn’t have a soft, supportive place to lay down with enough space to get comfortable, it may get joint pain and callouses. Your dog may also decide to share your couch or bed with you if it doesn’t have a suitable place to lay down, and your Irish Wolfhounds definition of share may be different to yours. Costs for a bed that meet these requirements range from $100 up to $500.


To be able to transport your Irish Wolfhound you are going to need a large car, wagon or pickup truck. A large number of dogs are killed each year in car accidents and falling from moving vehicles. By making sure that your dog is adequately secured and that you have a clear field of vision, you will help keep you and your dog safe. Using a car harness or seat belt attachment, hammock seat cover or front seat barrier, a cargo barrier or a travelling crate will make your trip safe for you and your dog. When choosing an option for transporting your Irish Wolfhound consider your car and ensure that your dog has enough space to be able to stand and turn around. Costs for these items will start at about $80.


There are also other general items that you will need for owning a dog. Things such as food and water bowls, collar and leash will have to be purchased. For an Irish Wolfhound, you will have to get bigger bowls, collar and a sturdier leash, or preferably a harness. These will cost upwards of $50.

There are also registration costs that you might have to pay to your local council depending on your location. The cost of registration will also vary between places, and if your dog is de-sexed or not.

Related Questions

How long do Irish Wolfhounds live?

Irish Wolfhounds, like many other giant breeds of dogs, have a short life span. The average Irish Wolfhound will live between 6 and 10 years.

What health problems do Irish Wolfhounds have? Irish Wolfhounds also have health issues that are common among a lot of large dog breeds, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and bloat (Gastric Dilation Volvulus). They are also susceptible to liver shunt, heart disease, osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) and osteosarcoma.

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