wolfhound breed standard

General Appearance

Of great size and commanding appearance, the Irish Wolfhound is remarkable in combining power and swiftness with keen sight. The largest and tallest of the galloping hounds, in general type he is a rough-coated, Greyhound-like breed; very muscular, strong though gracefully built; movements easy and active; head and neck carried high, the tail carried with an upward sweep with a slight curve towards the extremity. The minimum height and weight of dogs should be 80 cm and 55 Kg of bitches, 75 cm and 48 Kg, these to apply only to hounds over 18 months. Anything below this should be debarred from competition. Great size, including height at shoulder and proportionate length of body, is the desideratum to be aimed at, and it is desired to firmly establish a race that shall average from 80 cm to 85 cm in dogs, showing the requisite power, activity, courage and symmetry.


Long, the frontal bones of the forehead very slightly raised and very little indentation between the eyes. Skull, not too broad. Muzzle, long and moderately pointed. Ears, small and Greyhound-like in carriage.


Rather long, very strong and muscular, well arched, without dewlap or loose skin about the throat.


Very deep. Breast, wide. Back Rather long than short. Loins arched.


Long and slightly curved, of moderate thickness, and well covered with hair.


Well drawn up.


Shoulder, muscular, giving breadth of chest, set sloping. Elbows well under, neither turned inwards nor outwards. Leg forearm muscular, and the whole leg strong and quite straight.