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Irish Wolfhound

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The Irish Wolfhound is believed to have originated in the ‘Emerald Isle’ at some point between 600 and 200 BCE. Half wolf and half mongrel, the early examples were probably very wild, like their owners, the old Irish chieftains who lived in the caves of Connemara and kept warm by lighting fires and wearing wolf skins. Whilst the wolfhound is a very large beast indeed (approximately the same height as an average pony but with a slimmer, more graceful build) it is also a ‘gentle giant’ (this is the term dog lovers generally use for large, scary-looking dogs). Due to the dog’s size, plenty of exercise is required. The wolfhound is not a cheap pet to look after because it will eat a lot of food (e.g. an eight ounce steak for dinner, with maybe some sausages and tripe and a half dozen oysters on the side). In the evenings, the wolfhound enjoys Guinness and perhaps some fiddle (violin) music. If you find yourself with a spare wolfhound on your hands please donate it to charity – it is unfair to keep it chained up in a small wooden kennel in a concrete garden with a cone around its head all day as a neighbour of mine once did. Irish Wolfhounds are always born in October, making them Librans (or, if they are born at the end of the month, Scorpios).

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