Irish Wolfhound

Pair of side elevation drawings of the Irish Wolfhound in standing and seated postures

A true gentle giant, the Irish Wolfhound, a member of—you guessed it—the hound group, holds the title of the world’s tallest dog. Standing at a shoulder height of nearly three feet, the Irish Wolfhound has a powerful gallup that has historically made them excellent at tracking down and hunting wolves and large game. Despite their fearsome lineage, Irish Wolfhounds are characteristically gentle giants with exceptional patience and are not recommended as guard dogs due to their innately relaxed and friendly demeanor. The Irish Wolfhound has a coarse, shaggy coat and a slender, muscular build similar to that of a greyhound.

Assorted drawings of the Irish Wolfhound in a range of positions including lying down, and standing and sitting

Male Irish Wolfhounds have a withers height between 34”-35” (86-89 cm) and a weight in the range of 140-180 lb (63.5-81.6 kg). Female Irish Wolfhounds have a withers height between 32”-34” (81-86 cm) and a weight in the range of 115-140 lb (52.2-63.5 kg). The Irish Wolfhound has an overall body length of roughly 46”-50.5” (117-128 cm), standing height of 41”-45” (104-114 cm), and a typical lifespan of 6-8 years.


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41”-45” | 104-114 cm
46”-50.5” | 117-128 cm
Withers Height:
32”-35” | 81-89 cm
115-180 lb | 52.2-81.6 kg

Coat Color: Gray, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn

Temperament: Strong, graceful, quiet, gentle

Breed Size:
6-8 years


Drawings include:

Irish Wolfhound side elevation (standing), side (sitting), front (standing), front (sitting), side (lying down)

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