The Irish Wolfhound is large and massive. Similar in appearance to the rough-coated Greyhound, this huge Sighthound is the tallest breed in the world.
The average weight of a full-grown male Irish Wolfhound dog is between 45–54 kilos (100–120 pounds). Some males can even be as heavy as 81 kilos (180 pounds). As for their height, they can measure around 76–81 centimetres (30–32 inches) tall.
The weight of female adult Irish Wolfhound dogs ranges from 43–47 kilos (95–105 pounds). The Irish Wolfhound height for females ranges from 71–76 centimetres (28–30 inches).
As the breed is a large in size, it is slow to reach full maturity. Most Irish Wolfhound puppies become adult dogs when they are around 18-24 months of age.
The Irish Wolfhound breed has a graceful and robust build and smooth gait. He has a long head that he carries high and proud, giving him a noble look. He boasts of a moderately pointed muzzle and black nose and lips.
The eyes of the Irish Wolfhound breed are dark and oval-shaped. His ears are small and rose-shaped despite his massive frame.
He has long legs, a comparatively narrow body, a slightly arched loin, a deep chest, and a moderately small waist. Like most Sighthounds, his tail is long and carried low.
Irish Wolfhound dogs can endure cold and damp weather. That’s all thanks to the harsh and wiry coat on their body, head, and legs. But the most distinctive parts are their long eyebrows and a patch of wiry hair on the eyes and under the jaw.
The Irish Wolfhound breed’s coat varies in colour such as grey, black, brindle, pure white, wheaten, fawn, and steel grey. His coat sheds all-year round, but it can be remedied with weekly brushing to keep loose and dead hair under control and maintain his coat.
Generally, Irish Wolfhound dogs are clean dogs. They must only be bathed when necessary. Their mane and body hair can be hand-stripped to give it a neat show-ring look.
Regularly check and clean the ears for signs of wax build-up, irritation, or infection. Teeth must be brushed weekly to inhibit tartar build-up and avoid gum disease and bad breath. Make sure to trim nails monthly if it does not wear down naturally outdoors.