Despite their massive stature, the Irish Wolfhound ranks among some of the kindest, most lovable, and loyal dogs. They are almost always even-tempered and are even nice to intruders, making them a pretty terrible watch or guard dog, which is surprising given their size. They require a fair amount of exercise, but don’t over-exert them, especially when they are young as the exercise may be a strain because of how rapidly they are growing. Also, it is best to socialize them early, before they get too big. For example, teach them "heel" before it is too late and they end up dragging you around the neighborhood every time you go for a walk. .