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The Official Dog of Ireland is the Irish Wolfhound and they have been a featured motif on Irish coins, stamps, and in Irish Mythology. Having come close to extinction they are now holding their own. As an unmistakable symbol of Ireland and with their attributes of size, loyalty, intelligence, gentleness with those they serve yet fierceness in battle to protect those they serve, what better symbol could there be for a company dedicated to serving the businesses and communities of Ireland?

The Irish Wolfhound is the largest (tallest) of all dogs, six foot four on it's hind legs and 180 pounds. They come in a variety of colors - white, black, brown, grey, brindle, russet, to name a few - and have a course, wiry coat which is rather shaggy over the face and smoother over the back. Wolfhounds are called the "Gentle Giants". They love kids, and usually like cats and other dogs too, though their size can be quite intimidating. While they can be very fierce and intimidating in the hunt, they are a very loving and loyal breed. They need to be near the people they love all the time and hate being left alone in the house, even more than most dogs. Overall they are just sociable Irishmen.

Even though they are big dogs, when full grown they really don't eat as much as you might think. They are related to the Greyhound and the Deerhound of Scotland and should maintain a nice and trim look. They are easy to train because they are quite smart. They can be very obedient, but they also like to think for themselves and have an independent spirit - also because they are so smart.

Like the Greyhound and Deerhound they hunt by sight they should not be allowed to run loose as it is deeply bred into them to chase whatever they see move. Unlike the Russian Wolfhound (Borzoi) who were bred to keep a wolf at bay until the hunter arrived, they were bred not only to run the wolf down but to go in and make the kill. They killed wolves in the same way a cat kills a rat, that is, by shaking it until it's neck snapped so they are both powerful and fast. They are also one of the few breeds that do well both in show and field trial competitions.

Irish Wolfhounds have been hanging out with people for over two thousand years. Just imagine - the setting is Europe and a group of wild warrior-horsemen sweep across the continent, striking fear in the hearts of the inhabitants and settling, at last, in the north and west. They are the Celts. Along with their own fierce demeanor, they bring with them huge hounds the like of which the Mediterranean people have never seen. These dogs go to battle, hunt, eat, sleep and roam alongside their Celtic masters. These are indeed the ancestors of the Irish Wolfhound.

When the Celts sacked Delphi c. 600 BC, one survivor was impressed enough to leave an account of the huge dogs who fought alongside their masters. Later on, Julius Caesar mentions them in his "Gallic Wars", and later still the dogs were brought to fight and die for the entertainment of the crowds in the Circus Maximus. As time went on, the Celts were driven back into Brittany and the British Isles. Loyal as ever, the wolfhound went with them.