Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 6-10 years
Weight: Male: 52-55, Female: 45-47.5
Height: Male: 30-32, Female: 28-30
Origin of Name: The Irish Wolfhound is a historic sighthound dog breed from Ireland.
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Wolfound's long history traces back to antiquity and has acquired a patent of myth and legend over the centuries. However, it can be reliably said that they were made by indigenous British big dogs crawling in the courtyards of the Middle East, which were around the known world in the early days of international trade.
By the time the Roman Empire gained an edge in the British Empire, the vast plains of Ireland had already been established. In the year 391, the Roman Consul received one of these seven gifts which ""all Rome looked upon with wonder."" These majestic hunters, whose motto was ""gentle, fierce when provoked, was fierce when provoked"", used on such mines as the now extinct Irish elk, a giant, ferocious animal said Six feet stood on the shoulder.
In 15th-century Ireland, wolves were overriding the countryside. Already famous big-hunting Irish hunters began to specialize in wolves. By the late 1700s, when Ireland's wolves and other large animals were hunted to extinction, the IWs lost their jobs and almost went extinct on their own. It was a case of a breed doing its work for its own good.
In 1862, the British Army Captain George Augustus Graham began to rouse the country for the remaining samples of the National Hound of Ireland. Graham made it his life's work to protect, standardize and promote the breed, and even today, wherever IW fans gather, his name is spoken with reverence.
Loyalty and remorse among many Irish legends inspired by the breed is the tale of the sadness of ""Gellert, the Faithful Hound"".