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These hounds need a home

RSPCA staff and volunteers Hayley Kennington, Matan Heimann with Bec Annfield with the pups.
RSPCA staff and volunteers Hayley Kennington, Matan Heimann with Bec Annfield with the pups. Rob Williams

THEY might be up for cuddles in arms now, but in about a year each puppy will stand like a small horse.

This irish wolfhound litter of all girls was born at the RSPCA Wacol campus nine weeks ago, after their mother was seized in a raid on a property north of Cairns.

The mum arrived at the shelter and gave birth to six pups - five of whom are available for adoption.

RSPCA media spokesman Michael Beatty said the irish wolfhound was known as a "gentle giant" favoured for its loyalty, affection, patience and devotion.

"At the moment they're very boisterous - they're stuck in their pens and when they're let out they're all over the place," Mr Beatty said.

"So we would just like to get them into homes ASAP, as they're the sort of animal that's a good family dog - they would bond with the whole family."

Mr Beatty said irish wolfhounds were the "fashion models" of the canine species, due to their height and long, slender legs. He said the dogs would reach their full size in about 12 months.

"From now on they grow pretty quickly, so we'd like to rehome them as soon as possible," he said.

The dog was a particular favourite among royalty in the Middle Ages, and many paintings depict the loyal canine sitting by their master's feet.

Each pup costs $500, which includes a six-week puppy training program. The pup also comes desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and wormed.

Phone 3426 9999 or visit the shelter at 139 Wacol Station Rd, Wacol.

Topics:  home, irish wolfhound, puppies, rspca


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