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Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound was mentioned in Roman records as far back as 391 A.D., when the first authentic mention of the breed was made by the Roman Consul Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (c. 340c. 402) . He wrote in a letter to his brother Flavianus, "In order to win the favor of the Roman people for our Quaestor you have been a generous and diligent provider of novel contributions to our solemn shows and games, as is proved by your gift of seven Irish dogs. All Rome viewed them with wonder, and fancied they must have been brought hither in iron cages. For such a gift I tender you the greatest possible thanks."

A Wolfhound is believed to have accompanied Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage.

The IW is a sighthound, one of the breeds of dogs that hunt primarily by sight and not scent. The tallest of all dogs, he is rough-coated and of greyhound-like shape, strong and gracefully built.

He is a sensitive, intelligent and loving companion with a heart even bigger than his body.

IW lifespan is similar to that of other giant breeds - about 6-10 years. They require daily and prudent exercise and must never be allowed to run at large. The breed has special nutritional needs, especially as puppies. Easily trained, the IW responds best to positive training methods, not coercion.

The Irish Wolfhound is not a breed for everyone. All dogs are a responsibility; a dog as large as the Irish Wolfhound is an extra-large responsibility!

If you are considering an Irish Wolfhound for your family, take the time to thoroughly acquaint yourself with the breed's characteristics, requirements, and potential drawbacks. Go to dog shows and talk to the exhibitors. Make arrangements to visit as many owners and breeders as possible. Ask questions, and be prepared to be asked many questions in return - a responsible breeder will ask many personal questions because he or she cares about the welfare of each puppy placed. The unethical breeder is only concerned until the check clears.

What is expected of a responsible breeder? And what is a responsible owner? Go to Finding A Puppy - What Is A Responsible Breeder?

Visit the  IRISH WOLFHOUND CLUB OF AMERICA (IWCA) for more information on the breed.  Also, check the IWCA website for the name of a contact in your area, or for your nearest Irish Wolfhound regional club.