The Irish Wolfhound is one of the largest breeds of dog, reaching the size of a small pony. Originally bred in Ireland to?hunt wolves, since the last wolf in Ireland was killed in 1786, they now make excellent guard dogs and friendly and affectionate, if rather large, family pets. They are also much in demand as regimental mascots. The playwright Edward Albee, author of Who?s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, coincidentally kept Wolfhounds called Samantha, Jane, Jennifer, Harold and Andrew.

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