National Geographic : 1958 Aug
Tallest of Dogs, an Irish Wolfhound Stands Victorious After Battle Some 38 inches high at the shoulder, the Irish Wolfhound rivals a Shetland pony. "All Rome viewed them with wonder" when seven of the giants fought in the imperial circus A. D. 391. Companion of kings, the breed faced extinction after Irish wolves disappeared in the late 1700's. Wolfhounds today serve chiefly as amiable and remarkably courteous com 226 panions. A few still hunt in the western United States; this one has brought down a coyote.