Can a single Irish wolfhound kill a wolf by itself?

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: Can an Irish wolfhound kill a wolf single by itself?
Just a little curious.
Irish wolfhound head
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Answer by Ocimom
One on one - probably. Tho most of the breeds now are probably not capable of doing things they were originally bred for!

Answer by Rayven ~ SCAdian gir
Possible. Your average wolfhound? Likely not. Now a wolfhound that's actually used for hunting and taken on things meaner than a wolf(wild boar for instance) Then yes the scales are tipped a little better in favor of the wolfhound.
I <3 animals: so was the irish wolfhound. They didn't get that name just on a whim you know.

Answer by Gail


They were originally bred to hunt wolves, boar and deer, but only in numbers so its unlikely one Wolfhound could bring down and kill a wolf.

Answer by darren
Wolfs are cowards usually never fight one on one and if they are lossing the fight will run away. The wolfhound would have a tough go at it, like the others said depends on training and the dog

Answer by I <3 animals
Yes a wolfhound could most certainly, but wolves are more rugged, and were made by the Wild….certainly they have the upper hand(wolves) now a Borzoi…well they were made to hunt wolves ;)

Answer by Ashley
my guess is that it would not be able to or at least safely. There would probably be more then one dog on one wolf

Answer by stephanie
It would depend on the size/age if the wolf and also the size/age of the dog… BUT there is a video on youtube of one wolfhound taking down TWO wolves…

Answer by Ben
That is a movie. They must have drugged the wolves.

Answer by ArtFl
Well, it's not an Irish Wolfhound. It is a Caucasian Ovcharka that was bred to protect flocks and kill the wolves.
The Irish wolfhound won't be able to do that. A pair of Irish Wolfhounds or Russian Borzoi can hold the wolf till the hunter comes closer but no more than that.

Answer by joesmania
I don't see a wolfhound in this film. Macedonian, Serbian, Albanian, or Illyrian Shepherd. Very likely a Caucasian Ovcharka also. Hard to tell for sure with the shaky view.  Whatever it is, it is not a wolfhound.  Very interesting footage from 1960 though.

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