Total length 130 – 160cm / shoulder height 85cm / tail 15 – 30cm / mass 46kg (male) 42kg (female)
The body color varies from light-brown to dark-brown to almost black. The legs are striped in black and the tail is short with also a black color. The mantle around its neck tends to be lighter almost from white to a light-brown. The body is covered with long hair. Long shaggy brown/black coat with long pointed ears. The Brown hyena is strongly built around the neck and shoulder areas and builds higher at the shoulders than at the hindquarters. Front legs longer than back legs.