Although there is no confirmed record of the breed until 391 A.D. in Rome, there are references to Irish Wolfhounds dating back to ancient times. Irish laws and literature from the fifth century refer to the dogs as "cu," which has been roughly translated to mean "hound." There is confusion about the breed's origin, but some believe that it first made its way to Ireland in the sixth century B.C. via the Celts moving from the area around the Black Sea.
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