Mandy: What kind of dog is in the new Iams commercial?
There's a new Iams commercial with a big shaggy dog. Does anyone know what breed it is?
I understand that people are upset about the recent issues with Iams food, but that is not the purpose of my question. Please do not use this question to voice your opinions about Iams. Just answer the question.
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Aswer by Art F
It's the Irish Wolfhound - one of my favorite dog breeds! This is one of the tallest breeds in the world. It can reach the size of a small pony - up to 7 feet tall when it stands on its hind legs. The Irish Wolfhound is a massive, muscular dog. It gives of the impression of strength and elegance. They have strong shoulders and a tail hanging down with a slight curve. When they get excited, their ears stand but is usually just carried back against the head.
Their ancestors pursued wild boar, wolves and elk. Before, they were also often given as royal presents. There was even a point that they became popular gifts that their export from Britain was banned. For a time, they disappeared in Ireland in 1766 but later brought back by the Romans to their home country.
Irish Wolfhounds are sweet-tempered, generous, patient, thoughtful and extremely intelligent. They love their owner and family unconditionally, and can be trusted with children.This breed is very loyal and willing to follow. Though they are not guard dogs in nature, their sheer size already poses a threat. They are friendly with just about anyone and it is futile to make them watch dogs.
The Irish Wolfhounds are also clumsy and slow to mature, taking two whole years before they can be considered fully-grown. They are relatively easy to train and responds well to gentle yet firm training. They are quick to grasp what you intend and plenty of understanding will boost their confidence and surely go a long way. Before it gets to strong for you, train it not to pull on its leash.
The Irish Wolfhound will get along fine with other canines. However, it has the tendency of attacking a much smaller dog when both are left in an open yard. They grow at a fast pace and giving them high-quality food is essential.
Unfortunately, they have health problems, and their life expectancy is about 7-8 years.
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