The Irish Wolfhound descended from the Cu, that was brought to Ireland in 1500 B.C. The dog was primarily used in battles to pull men off their horseback as well as for wolf hunting. Recognized as an aristocratic breed, the dog saw a growing popularity in England. The dog suffered from the threat of extinction during the famine hit of 1845, but thanks to Captain George Graham, a British officer, whose efforts re-established the breed.
The Irish Wolfhound is a huge, and one among the world’s tallest and largest breeds. The dog is hairy with a curly and coarse coat in gray, brindle, red, black or white colors. Long head, vaulted muscular neck and pulled in abdomen are typical to all dogs of this breed. It has large and round paws, and toes that are evidently curved. True to its origin, the dog has an aristocratic look.
The colors of the Irish Wolfhound may vary from grey, wheaten, brindle, red, black, pure white, brown, or fawn, although grey is the most common color.
The Irish Wolfhound holds a character that is right the opposite to its appearance. The breed is one among the most friendly and loving kind, and above all a loyal companion. The dog is always even-tempered and is even nice to intruders, which makes it a bad watchdog. The Irish Wolfhound is never a problem maker, and gets along very well with other breeds.
The breed is vulnerable to cardiomyopathy and bone cancer. Bloating is very common with these dogs. Hip dysplasia and Von Willebrands are the other diseases that the dog is prone to.
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