Posts from the ‘Large Dog’ Category

What is the tallest dog in the world?

Tallest Dog

Did you ever see a dog that was almost as tall as a Shetland pony?

The Irish wolfhound is such a dog.  In fact, it is the tallest of all dogs.

A full-grown male Irish wolfhound may stand nearly 3 feet tall and weigh 140 pounds or more.

The dog’s rough, wiry coat may be gray, red, black, white or fawn.

The Irish wolfhound was traditionally used in Ireland to protect flocks of sheep against marauding wolves, as well as for hunting them—which tells us how the Irish wolfhound got its name.

Irish wolfhounds make gentle pets.

T as a hunter this large, powerful dog is more than a match for a wolf.

Hounds are hunting dogs and usually have a deep-throated bark.

Many hounds are named for the game they were originally trained to hunt.  There are many types of hound.  The deerhound, foxhound, and coonhound, as well as the wolfhound are some of the best-know.  – Dick Rogers

Why are dalmatians called fire dogs?

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian has been traditionally the pet of firemen, and was once kept as a companion to race alone with the horse-drawn fire engines. 

The Dalmatian is a large, white-spotted dog that looks a pointer.  Dalmatian are popularly known as fire dogs and are often found today as pets of firemen at fire station. 

Another  name for the Dalmatian is the coach dog.  These dogs were once used to run along with horse-drawn coaches to protect them from highwaymen.  At the end of the journey they stood guard over the coach. 

When early-time firemen began  using horses to pull their fire engines, they adopted the Dalmatian as a companion to run along with fire horses. 

Later, when fire engines became motorized, the Dalmatian was still kept as a mascot.  Dalmatian aren’t born with a spots.  Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born.  The black or brown spots appear after about three weeks. 

Dalmatian were named for Dalmatia, in Yugoslavia, where they were ones raised as watchdogs. – Dick Rogers