I am considering rescuing a puppy who is 91% lab and 9% Irish Wolfhound (per…

I am considering rescuing a puppy who is 91% lab and 9% Irish Wolfhound (per genetic test). I’m nervous about the short life span of an Irish Wolfhound. Is this a factor with such a small percentage of wolfhound?

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PK Dennis
5 years ago

I wouldn’t be concerned about that — when you cross two varieties of anything you get what is known as hybrid vigor.  So, don’t expect and either, or result.  You will end up with an animal that can be more robust than either of the parents.  With that much lab I would expect the dog to have the lifespan of a lab, with a few characteristics of the Irish.  Maybe a taller dog, with some wild hair, or perhaps you won’t be able to tell there is wolfhound in there at all.  It will be interesting for you to learn… Read more »

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Anonymous
5 years ago

i’d like to clarify something.

you might get a healthier dog. maybe. or you could end up with a dog plagued with every problem from both breeds. the problem with mixing breeds (and the reason cross breeds should never be encouraged) is we just don’t know what you’ll get as a result.

Margrit Simons
5 years ago

Should the top priority not be to rescue a dog if he needs to be rescued?!