Wolfhound can refer to various breeds
Dog breed
Dog breeds are groups of closely related and visibly similar domestic dogs, which are all of the subspecies Canis lupus familiaris, having characteristic traits that are selected and maintained by humans, bred from a known foundation stock....

 of dog
The domestic dog is a domesticated form of the gray wolf, a member of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. The term is used for both feral and pet varieties. The dog may have been the first animal to be domesticated, and has been the most widely kept working, hunting, and companion animal in...

s that have been bred
Dog breeding
Dog breeding is the practice of mating selected specimens with the intent to maintain or produce specific qualities and characteristics.Dogs reproduce without human interference, so their offsprings' characteristics are determined by natural selection. Domestic dogs may be intentionally bred by...

 to hunt wolves
Wolf hunting with dogs
Wolf hunting with dogs is a method of wolf hunting which relies on the use of hunting dogs. While any dog, especially a hound used for hunting wolves may be loosely termed a "wolfhound," several dog breeds have been specifically bred for the purpose, some of which, such as the Irish Wolfhound,...

 or to established lines of (historically crossed, as opposed to ancient) wolf-dog crosses
A crossbreed or crossbred usually refers to an animal with purebred parents of two different breeds, varieties, or populations. Crossbreeding refers to the process of breeding such an animal, often with the intention to create offspring that share the traits of both parent lineages, or producing...

 that retain significant characteristics of wolves. Wolf-dog hybrids crossed in recent generations are often referred to as wolfdogs, wolf-dog hybrids or wolf crosses, but not wolfhounds. In addition, dogs have been bred to resemble wolves, and such dogs, though without crosses to wolves, may also be called wolfdogs (but not wolfhounds.)

Wolfhounds traditionally bred to hunt wolves include:
  • Armenian Gampr dog
    Armenian Gampr dog
    Armenian Gampr is a breed of livestock guardian dog that originated in the Armenian Highlands, including the territories of modern Eastern Anatolia of Turkey and the Republic of Armenia. The Armenian Gampr was bred by local people using primitive selection...

  • Borzoi
    The borzoi is a breed of domestic dog also called the Russian wolfhound and descended from dogs brought to Russia from central Asian countries. It is similar in shape to a greyhound, and is also a member of the sighthound family.The system by which Russians over the ages named their sighthounds...

     (Russian Wolfhound)
  • Irish Wolfhound
    Irish Wolfhound
    The Irish wolfhound is a breed of domestic dog , specifically a sighthound. The name originates from its purpose rather than from its appearance...

Wolf-dog crossbreds (crosses between wild wolves and domestic dogs, and descendants of such crosses) include:
  • Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
    Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
    The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a relatively new breed of dog that traces its original lineage to an experiment conducted in 1955 in Czechoslovakia...

  • Jämthund
    The Jämthund, also called the Swedish Elkhound, is a breed of dog of the Spitz type that are found in Northern Europe. The Jämthund is eponymous to Jämtland, a province in the middle of Sweden. The dog is described as having a wolf-like appearance....

  • Kunming Wolfdog
  • Norwegian Elkhound
    Norwegian Elkhound
    The Norwegian Elkhound is one of the ancient Northern Spitz-type breed of dog and is the National Dog of Norway. The Elkhound has served as a hunter, guardian, herder, and defender. In a land of subzero temperatures, deep snow, thick forests, and rugged mountains, only the hardiest of the breeds...

  • Saarlooswolfhond
    The Saarlooswolfhond is an established breed of wolf-dog hybrid.-History:In 1921, Dutch breeder Leendert Saarloos started crossbreeding a German Shepherd Dog male to a female Mackenzie Valley Wolf...

"Wolfdogs" that are not crossed with wolves, but have been selectively bred
Selective breeding
Selective breeding is the process of breeding plants and animals for particular genetic traits. Typically, strains that are selectively bred are domesticated, and the breeding is sometimes done by a professional breeder. Bred animals are known as breeds, while bred plants are known as varieties,...

 in recent times to resemble wolves, include:
  • American Alsatian
  • Northern Inuit Dog
    Northern Inuit Dog
    The Northern Inuit Dog is a breed originating in the late 1980s, in an attempt to create a domestic dog breed more closely resembling the wolf.-Appearance:...

  • Tamaskan dog
    Tamaskan dog
    The Tamaskan Dog is a rare dog breed of sleddog type, originating from Finland. It is a highly versatile breed that is known to excel in agility, obedience and working trials. It is also capable of pulling sleds, which is inherited from its Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute ancestors...

  • Utonagan
    The Utonagan is a breed of dog that resembles a wolf, but in fact is a mix of three breeds of domestic dog: Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky.-Appearance:...


  • "Wolfhounds" is a nickname of the 27th Infantry Regiment (United States)
    27th Infantry Regiment (United States)
    The 27th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed the Wolfhounds, is a unit of the United States Army established in 1901, that served in the Philippine-American War, in the Siberian Intervention after World War I, and as part of the 25th Infantry Division during World War II, the Korean War, and later the...

  • M38 Wolfhound
    M38 Wolfhound
    The M38 Wolfhound was a 6x6 US armored car produced in 1944 by the Chevrolet division of the General Motors. It was designed as a replacement for the M8 Greyhound series, but the end of the war in 1945 led to the cancellation of the project after the completion of a handful of prototype...

    , a 6x6 US armoured car
  • A 6x6 variant of the Cougar
    Cougar (vehicle)
    The Cougar is an armored fighting vehicle designed to be resistant to anti-vehicle mines and improvised munitions.It is a family of armored vehicles produced by Force Protection Inc, which manufactures ballistic and mine-protected vehicles. The automotives are integrated by Spartan Motors...

     vehicle in British service


  • The Wolfhounds
    The Wolfhounds
    The Wolfhounds were an indie rock band formed in Romford, Havering, England in 1985 by Dave Callahan, Paul Clark, Andy Golding, Andy Bolton and Frank Stebbing. They began as a slightly askew pop/rock band, and signed to the Pink label in 1986. First EP Cut The Cake was well enough received for...

    , an UK indie band
  • Wolfhound in Russian language translated as Volkodav and may refer to:
    • Wolfhound (1991 film), a 1991 Soviet action film by Mikhail Tumanishvili.
    • Wolfhound (novel), a 1995 Russian fantasy novel by Maria Semyonova
    • Wolfhound (2007 film), a 2007 Russian fantasy film based on the novel.
    • Young Wolfhound, a 2006-2007 Russian adventure fantasy TV series, a prequel for Wolfhound.


  • The Ireland national rugby league team
    Ireland national rugby league team
    The Ireland national rugby league team, known as the Wolfhounds, represent the island of Ireland in rugby league football. The team is organized by Rugby League Ireland and are accredited as an affiliate member of the Rugby League International Federation...

    , nicknamed the "Wolfhounds"
  • Ireland Wolfhounds, Ireland's "A" (second-level) national rugby union team
  • Boston Irish Wolfhounds
    Boston Irish Wolfhounds
    The Boston Irish Wolfhounds Rugby Football Club is a rugby union team based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The club competes in, and is governed by, the New England Rugby Football Union , the Northeast Rugby Union , and USA Rugby.The club was established in the late 1980s as a social touring side,...

    , an American rugby union team.
  • Limavady Wolfhounds GAC
    Limavady GAC
    Limavady Wolfhounds GAC is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Limavady, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The club is a member of the Derry GAA and currently cater for both Gaelic football, and Camogie....

    , a Gaelic Athletic Association club
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