Irish Wolfhound Prices 2024: Purchase Cost, Vet Bills, and More!

Written by Amber LaRock
Updated: November 1, 2023
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Are you interested in becoming an Irish Wolfhound parent? If yes, then it is time to learn how much these pups and their ongoing care costs! Let’s break down some of the most common costs associated with Irish Wolfhound ownership in 2024!

In this article, we break down purchase fees, pet care supplies, medical costs, and more. Let’s dive in!

How Much Does An Irish Wolfhound Puppy Cost?

The average cost of an Irish wolfhound puppy is $1,500 to $2,000 but can vary based on if the dog has an impressive bloodline or is adopted from a shelter or rescue.

The first cost you will need to prepare for when welcoming an Irish Wolfhound into your family is the initial cost of purchasing them from a breeder. The average Irish Wolfhound will cost anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000, but pups with an impressive bloodline can cost up to $3,500. Prices can also increase if the Irish Wolfhound has a unique coat color.

A breeder may be the best option if you are looking for an Irish Wolfhound puppy, but you can find many wonderful Irish Wolfhounds that need a forever home at a rescue or shelter. The average adoption costs at a rescue or shelter are typically $75 to $300.

Cost Of Vaccinations & Other Medical Care For Irish Wolfhounds

Irish Wolfhound (Canis familiaris) - irish wolfhound puppy

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One of the first things you should do when welcoming an Irish Wolfhound into your family is schedule an appointment with a veterinarian. This will not only ensure that your new pup has a clean bill of health, but it will also help you establish a wellness care routine moving forward.

An Irish Wolfhound’s first vet appointment will often include a wellness exam, receiving their first set of vaccines, stool testing and deworming, heartworm prevention guidance, and scheduling future vet care.

Below is a list of vaccine and other veterinary costs for your newly adopted Irish Wolfhound.

Wellness exam:$50 to $120
Puppy vaccines (total for vaccine series):$150 to $275
Fecal testing & deworming:$30 to $50
Flea and tick prevention (recurring monthly):$20 to $50
Heartworm prevention (recurring monthly):$20 to $50
Spaying/neutering:$150 to $500

The average veterinary costs for an Irish Wolfhound puppy can be anywhere from $420 to $1,050 during their first year of life. They will always have more veterinary expenses during their first year due to requiring three initial rounds of puppy vaccines, but these vaccines will only need to be repeated once a year moving forward. Another singular expense to consider is the cost of spaying or neutering your Irish Wolfhound. This can cost anywhere from $150 to $500 based on where your vet clinic is based and how involved their practices are.

Dr. Amy Nicole Lewis, a veterinarian with Worldwide Veterinary Services told A-Z Animals that it’s important to schedule a vet appointment as soon as you bring your new Irish Wolfhound into your home, even if they come with medical documents clearing them of any health complications. Having them assessed by your veterinary team will not only establish a caring relationship moving forward, but it can ensure that nothing was missed on their initial puppy exams. This is especially crucial if you have any other animals in your home.

Costs Of Food & Supplies For The Irish Wolfhound

In addition to veterinary costs for your Irish Wolfhound companion, you will also need to factor in the costs of standard pet supplies. While you will have some ongoing expenses like dog food and treats, other supplies like dog beds and dog toys will be an occasional purchase.

Let’s list some of the many pet supplies your Irish Wolfhound companion will need! Keep in mind that some of these purchases will be ongoing.

Dog food:$20 to $35 based on brand of choice
Dog treats:$5 to $15
Food & water bowls:$10 to $20
Leash:$10 to $15
Collar:$10 to $20
Dog crate:$40 to $80
Dog bed:$30 to $100
Toys:$20 to $40
Brush:$10 to $30
Dental health supplies:$10 to $30

How Much Does It Cost To Insure An Irish Wolfhound?

Two gray and white Irish wolfhounds standing in the middle of an autumn field

Most pet insurance plans for the Irish Wolfhound will cost anywhere from $35 to $50 a month.

©Natallia Yaumenenka/

Pet insurance is one of the most important tools a pet parent can have! With veterinary costs rising each year, pet insurance can make sure that your lovable Irish Wolfhound always gets the care they need. Pet insurance works by allowing the pet parent to choose a coverage tier and reimbursement plan they are comfortable with.

By paying a monthly fee and a deductible when needed, most pet insurance companies will reimburse anywhere from 70% to 90% of your pet’s vet bill. Most pet insurance plans for the Irish Wolfhound will cost anywhere from $35 to $50 a month.

How Much Does It Cost To Train An Irish Wolfhound?

Costs associated with training your Irish Wolfhound will vary based on the training route you explore. Group dog training lessons can cost anywhere from $150 to $300 a package, while intensive obedience training courses can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000. Dog training prices will vary based on the type of training program you choose and where you are based throughout the country.

Training your new Irish Wolfhound on your own will be significantly cheaper than a professional dog training program. Most pet parents only need a long leash, dog treats, and a licker if you plan to dive into clicker training. Overall, costs associated with training your dog at home should not exceed $50.

Wrapping Up Irish Wolfhound Costs in 2024

The first year of your Irish Wolfhound’s life will be more expensive due to the costs associated with their initial veterinary care and pet supplies. Be sure to review the information we discussed above to best prepare for being an Irish Wolfhound owner!

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About the Author

Amber LaRock is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering topics surrounding pet health and behavior. Amber is a Licensed Veterinary Technician with 12 years of experience in the field, and she holds a degree in veterinary technology that she earned in 2015. A resident of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Amber enjoys volunteering with animal rescues, reading, and taking care of her two cats.

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