Wolves weigh an average of 80 to 150 pounds, while Irish Wolfhounds outweigh them, averaging at 130 to 160 pounds.
While both of these dogs are extremely large, the frame of the Irish Wolfhound is much more gangly and elongated compared to the muscular body of the wolf. In addition, the fur of the Irish Wolfhound is long and coarse, almost wiry and appearance, while wolf fur is fluffy and thick.
The wolf is rumored to be nearly 300,000 years old, while the Irish Wolfhound originated sometime during 700 BC.
While wolves enjoy complex social structures in their wolf packs, Irish Wolfhounds enjoy the companionship of humans as well as children.