The owners of Irish Wolf Hounds like to drink deeply from the romantic notion that their massive breed was once used to course wolves.
Never mind that there is not a single documented case of that ever happening in Ireland, much less anywhere else on the planet that I can find.
And never mind that when people have needed to get rid of wolves the world over, they have almost never turned to dogs. Poisons, snares, leghold traps, and bullets are far more effective and efficient. That is true now, as it was then.
Is anyone using Irish Wolfhounds to hunt wolves in Alaska, Russia, Europe or the U.S. today? Has anyone ever done so at any time in the last 100 years?
No? Hmmmm. . . . . .
So what happens when romance meets reality in the world of dogs? About what you would expect!
ABC News shows what happens when an Irish Wolfhound and an English Mastiff (together!) are called on to protect their owner from a small black bear.
"I could feel the blood ... the wetness. I could see it dripping, I could hear it wooshing. And the thing that is most vivid to me was watching that little bugger spit my teeth out."The good news (::cough, cough::) is that the dogs seem to have come out of the ordeal without a scratch. They did nothing but bark and wag their tails!
So much for the power and bravery of the mighty warrior breeds called Irish Wolfhounds and English Mastiffs! No wonder you never find these breeds in lion- and bear-dog packs here in the U.S. It seems they cannot do the job!!