Origin Of Irish Wolf Hound
The Irish Wolfhound is one of the oldest recorded breeds back to the first century, documented 7000BC. They were bred as war dogs in Ireland and originally named the Irish Wolfdogge. This breed was often used by farmers to protect their livestock from wolves and guard their homes. The wolf is now extinct in Ireland thanks to the Irish Wolfhound. They were used to hunt Boar and Deer and were ideal in providing food. They would kill and capture coyotes and were very ferocious. They guarded royalty and were guardians of Kings and Queens. They have served both royalty and soldiers for many years. By the mid 19th century they were revived by Captain Graham by rebreeding the dog with the Great Dane, Deerhound and Borzoi.
Traditionally a rather aggressive but loyal dog. Today they display a calm and even temperament. They are intelligent, independent, friendly with humans, but can be aggressive with other dogs. The Irish Wolfhound motto “Gentle when stroked. Fierce when provoked”
Males – stand 34-35 inches
Females – stand 30-34 inches
Males- Average 150-180Lbs
Did you know United States President Hebert Hoover and President J.F. Kennedy both owned Irish Wolfhounds? President J.F. Kennedy obtained his Irish Wolfhound named “Wolf” as a gift from father Thomas Kennedy in Dublin Ireland. After moving into the White House, President Herbert Hoover was presented with an Irish Wolfhound from an Irish Wolfhound breeder, whom they named Patrick.
This breed is very intelligent so very easy to train. They are also very independent, so you need to be consistent and patient with the training. Be aware of their skeletal frame and let the breed take their time after a command is given as not to hurt their structure from doing commands to quickly. They are most responsive to positive reinforcement. They also enjoy a lot of rest as they are not the most active breed. Be gentle and kind in your training with them as they are quite an emotional breed, you want to avoid any misunderstandings. You need to take care in how you deal with them so you don’t damage your relationship. More attention given to another dog or the silent treatment can be taken the wrong way.
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