The Irish Wolfhound is massive hound dog that weighs 115 to 180 pounds. Similar in appearance to the rough-coated Greyhound, the Irish wolfhound is the tallest sighthound standing at a towering height of 71 to 90 centimetres. It has a graceful and robust build and smooth gait. The Irish Wolfhound has a long head that it carries high and proud giving it a noble look. It boasts of a moderately pointed muzzle and black nose and lips. Its eyes are dark and oval-shaped while its ears are small and rose-shaped despite its massive frame. Irish Wolfhounds have long legs, comparatively narrow body, slightly arched loin, deep chest and moderately small waist. Like most sighthounds, its tail is long and carried low.
The Irish Wolfhound can endure cold and damp weather thanks to its harsh and wiry coat on its body, head and legs but the most distinctive parts are its long eyebrows and a patch of wiry hair under the jaw. The coat varies in colour such as grey, black, brindle, pure white, wheaten, fawn, and steel grey. This large dog sheds year round, but it can be remedied with weekly brushing to keep loose hair under control and maintain its coat. Generally, Irish Wolfhounds are clean dogs and must only be bathed when necessary. Its 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 on a weekly basis 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.