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The tallest dog in the world, the Irish Wolfhound is the true “gentle giant” of the dog world, clad in its characteristic rough coat and standing no less than 31 inches at the shoulder. The breed’s devotion to its family, coupled with its bravery and courage, are the stuff of legends, many of which are retold in this Comprehensive Owner’s Guide. In the chapter on the breed’s history, author Alice Kane explores the Irish Wolfhound’s fascinating origins in Ireland and beyond; she is joined by breed expert Gretchen Bernardi, who has provided an excellent and concise history of the Wolfhound in the United States. As Kane discusses in the chapter on the breed’s characteristics, the Irish Wolfhound is among the friendliest of all dogs, though he requires a special owner who is able to give him the training, care, and accommodations he needs. As a companion for an active family with children, a more reliable and kinder dog cannot be found.
New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The author’s advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.