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Protective, alpha male literally , and loving. I can't wait to pick up book 2 and hopefully read about their blood rites ceremony. And him putting his mark on her Can't wait! View all 42 comments. Dec 31, Jackie rated it did not like it. When i first saw this book, i had high expectations but it turns out, this book was a disappointment. On the first few pages i knew this book wasn't going to be good as i expected and turns out i was right. I had also read the summary of Prince of Wolves which also got me into reading this book and thought it would be really good.

Prince of Wolves is filled with action, romance and friendship. When a foreign exchange student moves next door. Jacque feels a connection and both Fane and Jacque are When i first saw this book, i had high expectations but it turns out, this book was a disappointment. Jacque feels a connection and both Fane and Jacque are drawn to each other. Jacque discovers who she is and who Fane is. But when Fane encounters a pack in this town, things gets messy. The alpha in Coldspring tends to claim Jacque as her mate and since Fane and Jacque are soul mates , Fane will do whatever it takes to protect her and be with her.

The Alpha of Coldspring, Lucas wants a challenge in fighting for Jacque as his mate. I found all the characters pretty annoying. Jacque her self seemed to childish as well her two best friends, Jen and Sally.


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Their character description was ridiculous. As for Fane and Jacque, well their relationship was awkward, i mean i understand love at first sight but Jacque going on and backwards really irritated me. I mean first she says she not ready to be Fane's mate and the next, she say's she wants to make love. The dialogue was horribly written.

It was all to colloquial-informal. I mean seriously like the words the character says such as "ya'll", "dat" and etc. The plot was cliched and was lacking execution. And how old are these girls meant to be? Well because these teenagers seem mentally to be like 11 year old girls. I was really close to putting this book down, i had no desire to keep reading but in the end i finished it, quick read really but annoying.

It didn't really entertain me as i though it would of and the alternating of the characters between Fane and Jacque was annoying. Don't get me wrong, i've read books with the alternating of POV and loved them but this book was just horrible. Another thing i found annoying, was with the dialogue, the sarcasm put me off. I mean at times it was funny but it was overrated, it was forced, unrealistic and fake. I don't get what others see in this book.

A lot of people like this book but it wasn't one of the books i would ever revisit again. View all 59 comments. Sep 25, Grace rated it did not like it Shelves: multiple-pov , first-in-series , non-vampire-supernatural , would-not-read-again , did-not-finish. Oh My God!!! I don't know where to start with this book. There were so many things wrong with this book. I'm fine with having different POVs but when they are in the same paragraph it is beyond annoying. First of all what a stupid name.

Second her dialogue throughout the book is unwitty where it is clearly intended to be humourous. Also the way she hears a voice in her head and has strange tattoos appear on her back and doesn't make a big deal of it. Their constant chatter is soooo annoying. The character of Jen just talks about sex throughout the book which just gets really boring. Also, their sudden acceptance of the fact that Fane another stupid name is a werewolf and that their best friend can hear his voice inside his head is really unbelievable. If your friend told you that they were hearing a voice in their head, your first response would not be "Of course you are genuinley hearing a voice in your head, there is no possible way that you're not crazy" 5 There are so many typos and grammatical errors in this book that it is just unreal.

I mean seriously has she never hear of proof-reading?! Although I couldn't bring myself to read to entire book, I strongly urge you to save your money if you are planning on buying this book. Or buy it as a present for someone you hate, and then laugh knowing that they have just wasted hours of their lives that they can never hope to regain.

View all 38 comments. There's a decent teen paranormal romance novel trying to break through the fanfic writing here but, Houston, we have a problem. Luckily for all of you, I have the solution! This is a simple quiz question for you loyal denizens of GR. Here's a sample of a few lines from the very first page of Prince of Wolves. Trust me, I have very carefully transcribed it, including the punctuation. Or lack thereof. Please read it and answer the multiple choice question below: Wow, I mean wow, is all Jacque cou There's a decent teen paranormal romance novel trying to break through the fanfic writing here but, Houston, we have a problem.

Please read it and answer the multiple choice question below: Wow, I mean wow, is all Jacque could think. Jacque couldn't even imagine what his entire face must look like. He was tall, probably six foot one or so, his hair was jet black, it was longer on top and she could tell that he had bangs that fell across his face sweeping to the left partially covering that eye. He had broad shoulders and from what she could see of his profile, high cheek bones, a straight nose and full lips.

She quickly realized her mouth had dropped open and she was all but drooling over the handsome human being who had emerged from the vehicle. She watched as he and his driver conversed, it all seemed very formal until the driver suddenly hugged the boy with obvious deep affection. He must be more than his driver Jacque thought.

Q: Upon reading this paragraph, what was your first reaction? I wish I could meet a guy like that! Who in the heck proofread this book? I hope the author didn't pay them Team Jacob Fane for the win! If your answer was a or c , have a great time reading this book and all of its many sequels.

You'll enjoy it, at least until you go to college. If your answer was b or d , do not pass GO and--seriously-- do not download or read this book, even if it's free. The rest of the book is just like the paragraph above. One star. It has a few interesting ideas and plot turns, but in the end it's a fail for me. The overly gushy writing, the typos, misspelled words, and awful grammar: it's overwhelming.

A hot mess that will be enjoyed only by completely non-critical paranormal romance lovers. Jul 23, Jude rated it it was ok. The book is free on Amazon - Double Awesome! The characters were annoying Do not get scared, they weren't unbearable characters or anything, in fact, in the beginning I liked them a lot, Jaque and her friends were pretty cool and all of them had a unique sense of humor and very creative ways of talking. They would always have a smart-ass reply and they would also always find humor in the m "Nom Nom Nom Nom" The book was about werewolfs and it had a great premise - Awesome!

They would always have a smart-ass reply and they would also always find humor in the most dramatic-tense situations. And this was pretty fun - for the first half of the book. After that the jokes began to seem out of place and impertinent. With a final result of lame jokes: By the end of the book all I wanted to do was slap them. As for Fane, as much as I wanted to swoon over him, he was so cheesy that, honestly, he could've been a girl. All of his words and actions were meant to be romantic, but they really didn't work for me, he was trying too hard.

The only other downside of the book was that it was a bit In a sort of that's-not-believable kind of way. For example Jaque can hear Fane's voice in her head from the moment she first sees him, and she immediately goes on to tell her best friends and they all believe her and just want details on what he says I mean, I love my friends, but if one of them comes telling me something like this, I won't believe her and I'll think she's joking. Once she says she's not kidding I'll just tell her she's plain crazy until there's proof. And I know they'd do the same if it were me.

Not to mention that I, personally, would not go telling them I hear voices. In the book, once they discover they're werewolfs and yada yada, they all just believe it. Like 'bitch please, I just took my unicorn out for a walk. Pretty intense and it really did manage to surprise me and get my heart racing. All in all, I doubt I'll be reading the next one.

An entertaining read that you can get for free for kindle on amazon right here. View all 20 comments. Jan 23, Daiane rated it did not like it Shelves: did-not-finish. As for me it was just too painful to read. Really, too painful. View all 9 comments. Aug 31, Carrie rated it liked it. The series is one that continues on from book to book and would be best enjoyed starting from the beginning and reading in order. Jacque Pierce is a normal seventeen year old girl that likes hanging out with her best friends and of course cute boys. When Jacque notices she has a new neighbor approaching she can't help but check him out when she sees that it's a good looking boy around Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis is the first book in the young adult paranormal fantasy The Grey Wolves series.

When Jacque notices she has a new neighbor approaching she can't help but check him out when she sees that it's a good looking boy around her age but what she least expected was to suddenly hear his voice in her mind. You see Fane is not a normal teenage boy but a werewolf prince and Jacque seems to be Fane's mate.

First, as if it's not obvious, this one is definitely one of those cases of insta-love which is quite the norm with werewolves. The story is also one that reads a little young feeling to me with the kind of cutesy teen interactions which can feel a bit off when your talking mates and things. On the other hand though the cutesy vibe also led to some funny moments which I did enjoy.

I did wish the author had done a bit more to make the werewolf world building stand out a bit more as it all seemed a bit normal and focused more on the romance but overall this one was an ok read. Shelves: horcrux , reviewed , dnf. I trusted your ratings, and you betrayed me.

Apparently this "novel" is a "newly revised and edited version of Prince of Wolves. Good joke! Either Goodreads has a sense of humour This is my explanation why! See the full review here In my eyes, Quinn Loftis is a teacher. I wholeheartedly do not believe that anyone else could've given me a clearer lesson, on why we should not judge a book by it's cover. To all my fellow kindred spiri Goodreads.

To all my fellow kindred spirits, who were deceived into buying this book based on it's promising blurb or alluring cover, I say, rants like this help! They really do. For those that do not understand because they have not given this "novel" the time of day as of yet sorry, I have to keep the inverted commas because I can not knowingly call this atrocity a novel , I will save you from needing to, because honestly your time will be spent better elsewhere. Trust me. Nara found out the hard way, and you've already read her rant.

Now if she only had the nifty back ground music to go with her shenanigans. There is something already outstandingly annoying about this description alone. I think it might be the exclamation mark, as the narrator already seems annoying, but not sure. Nevertheless, I keep going. Scientifically, there are two natural reactions to such stimuli - fight or flight. If you are currently immobilised with horror, or inversely, have reflexively thrown your unread copy of Prince Of Wolves into a furnace before it could lay eggs But staring at that great goodreads rating, I decide to try again.

Chantelle reads Prince Of Wolves - Take 2 At this point, Jacque proceeds to tell her friends that she heard a guy talk to her via telepathy. This is their reaction. There has to be some sort of explanation. Yes, that just happened. Not only does this "novel" have a truly idiotic and mind-bogglingly annoying narrator, the rest of the characters are also unrealistic, dumb asses. Underline it, put it in bold; Dumb asses!

Now Testify! To all those readers who must be over 30 who think this book is absolutely great because it captures the 'true voice of teenagers' Italics were created for a purpose. Without them, the narrative appears to the reader as 'sooooooooooooooo' ditzy, and frankly, who is going to root for a character in the fantasy world who seems like they would be the first to die if put in the hunger games. Just don't read this. For reviews of other more time worthy books, visit my blog Looking for the Panacea View all 10 comments.

Mar 16, Nara rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy , reviewed , dnf , vampire-shapeshifter , into-the-fires-of-mt-doom. I apologise in advance for the ranting that will be included in this review. Hell, the entire review is a rant. Not a good one either. First, let's get this out of the way. This book is an absolute monstrosity. This book is probably the worst book I have ever read.

This book is probably one of the worst books ever written. Books like this should not be allowed to exist. How I felt when I realised I had wasted good minutes of my life reading Prince of Wolves: There are so many problems with this b I apologise in advance for the ranting that will be included in this review. How I felt when I realised I had wasted good minutes of my life reading Prince of Wolves: There are so many problems with this book, that honestly, it's hard to gather my thoughts enough to actually start this review, but here goes: Dumbass friends Sally finally spoke up.

Really, you're not. We'll figure it out, we always do. So the genre of this book is urban fantasy, right? Hence, the characters in the novel don't know that fantastical beasts exist, much like in reality. Think to yourself, if one of your friends called you, asked you to come over, and then proceeded to tell you that they heard a voice in their head, what would your reaction be? Here's what mine would likely be: Friend: I hear a voice in my head.

Friend: I'm serious. I know you think I'm crazy, but I really do. It's that foreign exchange student who lives across the road. Me: Have you been doing drugs? Here's what wouldn't happen: Friend: I hear a voice in my head. Me: Oh, that's perfectly reasonable, I'm sure there's an explanation for it. The writing. All of it. Burn it. I was reading a number of reviews on Goodreads, where the reviewers gush about how real the characters sound, how they sound exactly like teenagers. Just no. As a teenager, I think I know how teenagers speak, and it certainly isn't like this: "You are so, so not comparing me to Dog the Bounty Hunter's daughter right now and why are we talking about this anyway because it is sooooo NOT the point!

Even if some teenagers although I don't know what planet these teenagers would come from do speak like that, it isn't the sort of language that should be included in a novel. The number of typing and grammatical errors in this book is phenomenal. I mean, I understand that this book was by an indie author, but have you never heard of spell check? Another thing that really annoyed me was that the writing didn't flow.

Loftis rapidly changed the point of view in addition to backtracking, so we often got the same scene twice once from Jacque's POV and once from Fane's. Jesus, the writing is bad enough without us having to revisit every goddamned scene twice. And here are a few lines to show you why you should defenestrate your copy of Prince of Wolves: Her last thought as she drifted off was of a full moon, whatever that meant.

Wow, whatever could the full moon mean? Why, Ms Loftis, is that your subtle attempt at hinting that there may be werewolves in this book? Her long coffee-colored hair was striking against her mocha-colored skin. What teenager would say that?? And calls it a "bad habit". Review also found on Looking for the Panacea View all 7 comments. No, no, no! I was so excited for a Romanian character. And not just any character, but a werewolf. I tried not to cringe at his name, Fane. Quinn Loftis says Fane means prince.

I ask her in what language because in Romanian, Fane is short for Stefan Stephen. And it is mostly used for middle-aged men. And why is the girl called Jacquelyn? Is she French? How come she finds it so normal to hear voices? How come her friends just casually accept that? When Jacob first comes face to face with the supernatural, he questions his sanity. He even goes to the psychiatrist. But not Jacque. She calls a meeting with her friends and they think it normal. Well, it doesn't. It's more like "lady my, this is a honors". And this is just one example. If you are not sure about the language, ask around.

Romanians might read your book, too. All in all, It is a mystery how this book has a 4. View all 15 comments. Jan 18, Ellen rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , a-z-reading-challenge , quarterly-challenge. I have to say that I was absolutely delighted when I began to read this book. At the time of purchase I had not heard anything about this book or about Quinn, but the title and cover just caught my eye. Needless to say, I fell in love with the book, the characters, and Quinn Loftis has become one of my most favorite authors.

I love Jacque, Jen, and Sally, and the chemistry and humor that flows between them. I found myself laughing out loud numerous times, especially at Jen's snarky remarks. I lo I have to say that I was absolutely delighted when I began to read this book. I love Quinn's take on the werewolves in this story, and the way she presents the whole werewolf concept.

I have to say that I am now definitely "Team Fane," who by the way is Jacque's totally hot werewolf soul mate and he is completely "swoon worthy. Quinn is a very talented author and Prince of Wolves is one of those books you just don't want to put down. There was a great balance of humor, hot romance, action, and and suspense in this book.

If you love young adult fiction whether you are a young adult or not , I think you will be pleasantly surprised with Prince of Wolves. View all 3 comments. Jan 08, Roxanne rated it did not like it. As a sixteen year old reading this book, I found it very difficult to connect with the characters of this book who are of similar age.

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The characterization was all too unrealistic. The unending snarky comments of Jacque made her seem excessive. Her sass was endearing at first, but it got overrated after the first quarter of the book. I also hated the extreme amount of informal and colloquial language used by the three girls. The whole time I was thinking, "Gosh, do we actually As a sixteen year old reading this book, I found it very difficult to connect with the characters of this book who are of similar age. The whole time I was thinking, "Gosh, do we actually talk like this?

Do seventeen year olds really have a hankering for hot chocolate during gossip time? Catch up with the times. Nowadays, we're drinking coffee or iced beverages of that sort. Hot chocolates are for little whining eleven year olds, which the characters probably are. One point for Quinn. Another thing to add to my frustration was the horrible, cheesy lines of Fane. And the hysterics and crying? Ughhhhh, I filled me with disgust.

The character Jen was, ugh I can't even explain anymore. I was THAT fed up with her. Honestly, an obstreperous girl her age who is just as dirty-minded as all the male jerk-wads at my school was beyond annoying. Besides the fact that she was obnoxious to the point of wanting to chuck a brick at her already demented brain, she has the audacity to make a constant torrent of innuendos in the presence of adults. I mean come on! Sure, we have those gal pals that say the most immature things around you but at least they have the decency to refrain around parents, teachers and adults.

She has none!!! Not realistic. Clearly logic and reason has been lost here. For all I know, she was most probably dropped as a baby. The pacing of the story was horrendous. It's like BOOM! Where's the sense of growth and development for Jacque and Fane, eh? And I don't like how these characters easily accept what's happening. Sally and Jen in the situation of their best friend hearing a voice in her head?

Bitch please, she needs to check herself before she wrecks herself. Ridiculously good looking exchange student across the street turning into a wolf? Wouldn't you be scared at first before you go, "Mmmmm, yummy! They accepted it as if it was nothing,"ah, Okay : ". GRRR My anger over this book is fueled by the amount of unrealistic reactions and dialogue of the characters. The only thing good about this book is the sense of friendship and loyalty between friends, family and lover, but even that was spoiled from the nature of the characters. Rant over.

View all 5 comments. Sep 18, Jodie rated it it was amazing Shelves: love-love-love , bestest-ever. I wish I could give this book 50 Stars!!!!

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This books is the bees knees, the best thing since sliced bread, the bomb, whatever you want to call it, it was the best book. Now, it was light and fluffy and maybe not your thing, but I freakin loved it. There was not one thing I didn't love about this book except now I have to wait until the end of November for the next one to come out. It was only 99c from Amazon. It sounded good, but I have to admit I wasn't expecting awesome thin I wish I could give this book 50 Stars!!!! It sounded good, but I have to admit I wasn't expecting awesome things from the first book from an author and for so cheap, but shame on me.

I laughed on every page. Those 3 had me giggling all the way through. Alright alright, first I will tell you what it's about. Jacque lives in a small town Coldspring. She is on summer break trying to get a sneak peak at the new exchange kid moving in across the road. Enter Fane. Awwwww Fane. Fane is an Alpha and Prince of the biggest pack of Greys werewolves from Romania and just had the urge to visit Coldspring Texas.

Upon arriving at his hosts he felt the thoughts of Jacque across the street and knew that only their one true mate could hear the thoughts of the other and vice versa. When he spoke to her telepathically she thought she was hearing voices and was crazy. Anyhoo, eventually they meet properly and she finds out who he is and that werewolves exist and that she has a lifelong mate in Fane and felt their connection immediately but not so much she wasn't going to make him work for it.

She is not one to roll over and make things easy for him to boss her about. Things get tricky when Fane finds out that another Grey wolf has claimed Jacque unbeknown to her as his mate and challenged him to a fight to the death for her. Female cannis lupis or a halfbreed in Jacques case is 30 male to 1 female so they are in high demand. Wolves will go centuries before meeting their mate and aren't above tying to pinch anothers mate before the bonding ceremony and blood rites have taken place.

All through this story is the unconditional friendship between the 3 girls. They are so funny and loyal. Jen is crude and has no filter, Sally is a little quieter and Jacque lives through a haze of sarcasm. They are hilarious. Enough of my rambling, go get this book! I loved it so much I am going to email the author and tell her so, the first time I have ever done so. This book was light and fluffy and romantic and funny. The perfect portion of everything I love!!!!!! Bring on 30th November for "Blood Rites" May 10, ambsreads marked it as to-read. View all 4 comments.

Aug 26, Alaina rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , kindle-unlimited , supernatural , contemporary , young-adult , august-challenge , fiction , romance , paranormal. I definitely flew through this audio! Prince of Wolves was one of those audios where I lost all track of time. I pushed the play button.. After it ended, it was a pretty cute book but I did find somethings annoying like the MC. In the beginning, I liked Jacque but throughout the book she had these "tantrums".

She would call them her 2 year old tantrums.. Now why is a 17 year old have tantrums.. Besides her, she has her two best friends: Sally and Jen. Now those two I automatically loved. Throughout the book, their friendship was what kept me from hating Jacque. Then there's Fane, now he was delicious. He definitely makes me want to date someone with a sexy ass accent now because hot damn, he could read like instructions on how to build something and I would love it.

Their chemistry was interesting in the beginning. Then it just became an acceptance that she was his mate and then there was this little dominance battle thing. It was weird that they were fighting over her to be their mate.. In the end, I honestly had no idea what was happening.

I wanted one person to die but it was looking like someone else might die and I was freaking out. After the ending, I was happy with how it turned out. If the second book turns out to be an audio, I will definitely dive into it! Mar 12, Cole Morgenstern rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Author, Quinn Loftis manages to pain a picture depicting a world that lives beneath our very own.

One ruled by Wolves, where Alphas are the absolute power and love is so strong it can kill and preserve the species. In the first installment we are introduced to a quirky average teenager by the name of Jacque Pierce and her two partners in crime Jennifer Adams and Sally Morgan. Up until the arrival of one certain Romanian heart throb Fane Lupei, there lives had appeared to be pretty normal. After a sneaky plan to meet the estranged foreign exchange student Jacque begins to change, Markings appear on her back and suddenly a voice is in her head, belonging to none other then Fane.

As we eagerly devour the second book Blood Rites, we are taken deeper into the world of the Canis Lupis or werewolves for that matter. The long awaited Third book to the series, Just One Drop tells the story of Jennifer Adams and her struggles with tall dark and handsome Decebel, Beta wolf to the Romanian pack. After being told she had enough wolf blood in her system to be considered a member of the pack things heat up between Jen and Decebel leaving readers screaming at there books and kindles begging for the romantic rendezvous we all see coming a mile away.

Just as there relationship seems to be forming there Alpha informs the Romanian Wolves they are to attend a gathering for unmated males and females to ensure the continuation of there race. With heart pounding action scenes, beautiful character development and comical moments to break the ice she shows an improvement in her writing and enthralls fans young and old. With a pinch of action a dash of blood and a whole lot of romance and sexy werewolves you have the recipe for the perfect Paranormal Romance Novel.

Now I have to sit here and wait, dreaming eagerly of her next book Out of The Dark. View 1 comment. Mar 12, Kristy Mills rated it liked it Shelves: , app-kindle , cover-love , yay-quotes , vampires-werewolves-and-magic-oh-my , gggrrrr , ebook , widget-shelf , royalty. OK I loved the story. I really got into it, but the dialogue was really annoying sometimes, and corny. I got so tired of Jacque and her friend's comments.

I think it sounds like the characters are trying too hard to be funny. Sarcasm is funny in small doses, but it seemed like every conversation Jacque had to make a sarcastic comment, and she came off sounding kind of snotty.

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Dogs come in all sizes, from the world's smallest pooch, the Chihuahua, to the towering Great Dane, how much space a dog takes up is a key factor in deciding if he is compatible with you and your living space. Large dog breeds might seem overpowering and intimidating but some of them are incredibly sweet! Take a look and find the right large dog for you! Easy to train dogs are more adept at forming an association between a prompt such as the word "sit" , an action sitting , and a consequence getting a treat very quickly. Other dogs need more time, patience, and repetition during training.

Many breeds are intelligent but approach training with a "What's in it for me? Dogs who were bred for jobs that require decision making, intelligence, and concentration, such as herding livestock, need to exercise their brains, just as dogs who were bred to run all day need to exercise their bodies. If they don't get the mental stimulation they need, they'll make their own work -- usually with projects you won't like, such as digging and chewing.

Obedience training and interactive dog toys are good ways to give a dog a brain workout, as are dog sports and careers, such as agility and search and rescue. Common in most breeds during puppyhood and in retriever breeds at all ages, mouthiness means a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite a soft, fairly painless bite that doesn't puncture the skin. Mouthy dogs are more likely to use their mouths to hold or "herd" their human family members, and they need training to learn that it's fine to gnaw on chew toys, but not on people.

Mouthy breeds tend to really enjoy a game of fetch, as well as a good chew on a chew toy that's been stuffed with kibble and treats. Dogs that were bred to hunt, such as terriers, have an inborn desire to chase and sometimes kill other animals. Anything whizzing by — cats, squirrels, perhaps even cars — can trigger that instinct. Dogs that like to chase need to be leashed or kept in a fenced area when outdoors, and you'll need a high, secure fence in your yard.

These breeds generally aren't a good fit for homes with smaller pets that can look like prey, such as cats, hamsters, or small dogs. Breeds that were originally used for bird hunting, on the other hand, generally won't chase, but you'll probably have a hard time getting their attention when there are birds flying by. Some breeds sound off more often than others.

When choosing a breed, think about how the dog vocalizes — with barks or howls — and how often. If you're considering a hound, would you find their trademark howls musical or maddening? If you're considering a watchdog, will a city full of suspicious "strangers" put him on permanent alert? Will the local wildlife literally drive your dog wild? Do you live in housing with noise restrictions? Do you have neighbors nearby? Some breeds are more free-spirited than others.

Nordic dogs such as Siberian Huskies were bred to range long distances, and given the chance, they'll take off after anything that catches their interest. And many hounds simply must follow their noses, or that bunny that just ran across the path, even if it means leaving you behind. High-energy dogs are always ready and waiting for action. Originally bred to perform a canine job of some sort, such as retrieving game for hunters or herding livestock, they have the stamina to put in a full workday.

They need a significant amount of exercise and mental stimulation, and they're more likely to spend time jumping, playing, and investigating any new sights and smells. Low-energy dogs are the canine equivalent of a couch potato, content to doze the day away. When picking a breed, consider your own activity level and lifestyle, and think about whether you'll find a frisky, energetic dog invigorating or annoying. A vigorous dog may or may not be high-energy, but everything he does, he does with vigor: he strains on the leash until you train him not to , tries to plow through obstacles, and even eats and drinks with great big gulps.

These dynamos need lots of training to learn good manners, and may not be the best fit for a home with young kids or someone who's elderly or frail. A low-vigor dog, on the other hand, has a more subdued approach to life. Some breeds do fine with a slow evening stroll around the block. Others need daily, vigorous exercise -- especially those that were originally bred for physically demanding jobs, such as herding or hunting. Without enough exercise, these breeds may put on weight and vent their pent-up energy in ways you don't like, such as barking, chewing, and digging.

Breeds that need a lot of exercise are good for outdoorsy, active people, or those interested in training their dog to compete in a high-energy dog sport, such as agility. Some dogs are perpetual puppies -- always begging for a game -- while others are more serious and sedate. Although a playful pup sounds endearing, consider how many games of fetch or tag you want to play each day, and whether you have kids or other dogs who can stand in as playmates for the dog. When Irish eyes are smiling, you can be sure they belong to an Irish Wolfhound. He has a noble and commanding appearance, but beneath his shaggy eyebrows twinkle eyes with a sweet, gentle expression.

This ancient breed originated in Ireland, where he served as both a war dog and hunting dog. He came close to extinction in the 19th century after the great prey animals — wolves, deer, and wild boars — had largely disappeared in Ireland, but the breed was revived and today is a wonderful companion who draws the admiration of many. The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all dog breeds and the largest of the sighthounds — dogs that chase moving prey.

Despite his distant past as a ferocious war dog, he's a gentle giant who gets along with everyone, including children, other dogs, and sometimes even cats. He loves long walks, which are important in maintaining his huge body, but otherwise he's satisfied to be a couch potato. While they're quiet indoors, Irish Wolfhounds are not recommended for apartment living.

Consider whether you'd be able to get one up and down the stairs if he were injured or sick. They do best in a home with a large fenced yard where they can have room to run. The Irish Wolfhound is not the ideal watchdog. He doesn't bark an alarm, and although he has the size to deter many would-be intruders he doesn't have the nature of a guard dog. He's brave but not aggressive. Like any dog, the Irish Wolfhound isn't the breed for everyone. His gigantic size alone is a consideration. He has several health issues that potential owners must be aware of. And he's a short-lived breed who has only a 6- to 8-year life span.

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If you're looking for a breed that lives many years and is easy to care for, then he's not the breed for you. But if you're looking for a companion who will fill your life with love, admiration, and sloppy kisses, then look no further. Throughout history, the Great Hound of Ireland has been a marvel wherever he went. Roman consul Aurelius wrote in AD that "all Rome viewed with wonder" the seven Irish Wolfhounds that had been sent to him as a gift.

And no wonder! The dog's great size made him fearsome in battle and capable of pursuing the Irish elk, which stood six feet at the shoulder — double the Wolfhound's height — as well as the wolf, the predator from which the Wolfhound eventually took his name. Before that, he was known simply as Cu , a Gaelic word that probably meant hound, wolf dog, or war dog. There are many mentions of the great dog in Irish literature over the centuries. He was used as a war dog, his job being to pull men down from horses or chariots.

They were also used for hunting elk, boar, and wolves as well as guarding homes and livestock. The Irish Wolfhound was prized for his ferocity and bravery in battle. Irish law permitted only kings and nobles to own the Irish Wolfhound, and the number of dogs owned was related to the prestige of the title held. For example, members of the lesser nobility were limited to two Wolfhounds. Irish legends say that folk hero Finn MacCumhaill had Irish Wolfhounds, with his two favorites being Bran and Sceolan, who were of magic birth.

The Irish Wolfhound was a popular gift between rulers and other important people. Often they arrived wearing chains and collars made with silver and gold. The hound was named Gelert, and Llewellyn loved him more than life itself. One day, Llewellyn went hunting and charged Gelert with guarding his baby son while he was gone. When he returned, he found the baby's crib overturned and Gelert covered in blood.

Mad with grief, he slew Gelert, but as the faithful dog lay dying, Llewellyn heard the cry of his son. He searched further and found the child, alive, next to the body of a wolf that Gelert had killed. Llewellyn mourned his dog forever after and erected a tomb in Gelert's honor, which can still be seen in Caernarvon, Wales. Despite his fame, the Irish Wolfhound's numbers declined over the years, especially after the elk and the wolf in Ireland were hunted to extinction.

Irish Wolfhounds were kept by only a few families as ornamental dogs and rarely saw use in the field. The breed might have disappeared had it not caught the interest of Major H. In the mids, Richardson wrote a book suggesting that the Irish Wolfhound and the Highland Deerhound were the same breed.

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He began breeding Irish Wolfhounds, basing his breeding program on the Glengarry Deerhounds. A male Irish Wolfhound stands at least 32 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs at least pounds. The Irish Wolfhound female is at least 30 inches tall and pounds. Many are larger. Males usually average 34 to 35 inches and to pounds; females 32 to 34 inches and to pounds. Intelligent and gentle, the Irish Wolfhound has a strong desire for human companionship. With his family, he's calm, dignified, and responsive. He's sensitive and must be trained using positive reinforcement such as praise and food rewards.

Harsh words or physical punishment will cause him to shut down. When it comes to watchdog duties, he's alert but not suspicious. There's not an aggressive bone in his body, so he's a poor choice as a guard dog. Temperament is affected by a number of factors, including heredity, training, and socialization. Puppies with nice temperaments are curious and playful, willing to approach people and be held by them.

Choose the middle-of-the-road puppy, not the one who's beating up his littermates or the one who's hiding in the corner. Always meet at least one of the parents — usually the mother is the one who's available — to ensure that they have nice temperaments that you're comfortable with. Meeting siblings or other relatives of the parents is also helpful for evaluating what a puppy will be like when he grows up.

Like every dog, the Irish Wolfhound needs early socialization — exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences — when they're young. Socialization helps ensure that your Irish Wolfhound puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog. Enrolling him in a puppy kindergarten class is a great start. Inviting visitors over regularly, and taking him to busy parks, stores that allow dogs, and on leisurely strolls to meet neighbors will also help him polish his social skills. Irish Wolfhounds are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they're prone to certain health conditions.

Not all Irish Wolfhounds will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed. If you're buying a puppy, find a good breeder who will show you health clearances for both your puppy's parents. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition. In Irish Wolfhounds, you should expect to see health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals OFA for hip dysplasia with a score of fair or better , elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand's disease; from Auburn University for thrombopathia; and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation CERF certifying that eyes are normal.

You can confirm health clearances by checking the OFA web site offa. Despite his great size, the Irish Wolfhound is a housedog. He loves being with people and is calm indoors. He's best suited to a home without stairs; going down them can damage his joints. Give him access to a securely fenced yard where he can run, and he'll be happy. A fence is necessary to prevent this breed from chasing other animals. An underground electronic fence won't do the job; the instinct to chase is much stronger than the fear of a momentary shock. Irish Wolfhound adults need a couple of minute play times where they can run freely every day.

They'll enjoy a walk as well. Avoid any exercise an hour before meals and two hours after meals to decrease the risk of gastric torsion , or bloat. Puppies need free play in a securely fenced yard, but limit running to only a few minutes a day. They shouldn't be taken on walks until they're at least six months old. Start with short walks of no more than five minutes, and build up to walks of a mile over a three-month period. They shouldn't reach a distance of two miles until they're a year old. Continue this gradual and gentle exercise program until the Irish Wolfhound reaches maturity at 18 to 24 months of age.