|The origin of the breed is lost, in antiquity, but there are references of the "Great
Hounds of Ireland" in many ancient classics.
The breed was well known in ancient Rome, the first authenticated reference
being made in 391 A.D. when the Roman Consul mentions them in a letter to his
brother Flauius thanking him for the gift of the "Great Irish Hounds".
The Irish Wolfhound was the most valued and sought after hunting dog of the
early centuries, not only because of his hunting prowess but because he was an
exceptional guardian and companion.
The typical Irish Wolfhound is completely trustworthy with children, their
kindness and patience is renowned.