During the English Conquest of Ireland, only t…

During the English Conquest of Ireland, only the nobility were allowed to own Irish Wolfhounds, the numbers permitted depending on position. They were much coveted and were frequently given as gifts to important personages and foreign nobles.
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A massive dog, “err” hound the breed can reach a height of 7 feet tall when standing on its hind legs. Male Irish Wolfhounds average 34 inches tall and 140 plus pounds. For such a large dog they’re often very calm but an old Irish proverb states: “Gentle when stroked; fierce when provoked”
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Legend has it that Prince Llewelyn of North Wales returned home from a hunt to be greeted by his “faithful hound” Gelert. Gelert was covered in blood, and the prince’s baby son was not in his crib. Assuming the worst, that Gelert had killed his son, Prince Llewelyn immediately killed the dog. As the dying dog gave a final cry, a baby’s cry answered it. The prince found his son unharmed, lying near the body of a dead wolf, which Gelert had killed in defense of the prince’s heir. Filled with remorse and guilt, it is said that Prince Llewelyn never smiled again. He buried his beloved dog in the town that is now known as Beddgelert, which means “Gelert’s Grave.”
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Many modern Irish Wolfhounds are considered to be mixed with Great Dane and Scottish Deerhound since at one point the breed was at the point of extinction. Numbers once dwindled to the brink of extinction, but in the 19th century Captain George Graham stepped in and crossbred the remaining Wolfhounds with other breeds, taking 23 years before completely restoring the breed.
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The breed are known to be diggers by nature, they don’t have long life spans at an average of 8 years and really aren’t good guard dogs but their size itself intimidates many would be intruders.
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