THE DECORATIVE DEERHOUND
The mind should be wider in the ears, tapering slightly to the eyes, with the muzzle tapering more to the nose. The muzzle should be pointed, but the lips and teeth degree. The head should be long, the skull flat instead of round, with a very slight increase above the eyes, but with nothing approaching a stop. The skull ought to be coated with moderately long hair that's softer than the remainder of the coat. The nose ought to be black (although in certain blue-fawns the colour is blue) and slightly aquiline. From the lighter-coloured dogs a black muzzle is preferred. There ought to be a good moustache of quite glistening hair, along with a fair beard.
Stern should be tolerably long, tapering, and reaching to within 1-1/2 inches of the ground, and approximately 1-1/2 inches below the hocks. After the dog is still, dropped down, or curved. When in motion it ought to be curved when eager, in no case to be lifted out of this line of the trunk. It should be well covered with hair, on the inside thick and wiry, underside longer.
Body: Your body and general formation is that of a Greyhound of larger size and bone. Chest deep instead of broad, but not too narrow and flat-sided. The loin well arched and drooping to the tail.
The neck should be long that's, of the span that befits the Greyhound character of the dog. The nape of the neck should be quite prominent in which the head is put on, and also the throat ought to be clean-cut in the angle and prominent. The shoulders must be nicely repainted, the blades well back, with not too much breadth between them.
Neck and shoulders:-
From distant days the Scottish nobles cherished their strains of Deerhound, seeking glorious sport in the Highland woods. The red deer belonged by devoting law to the kings of Scotland, and great drives, which often lasted for several days, were made to divide the herds into given neighbourhoods for the pleasure of the courtroom, as in the reign of Queen Mary. However, the organised coursing of deer by courtiers ceased during the Stuart troubles, and was left at the hands of retainers, who thus replenished their chief's larder.
Your eyes should be black: they are dark brown or hazel. The eye is moderately filled with a soft look in repose, but a keen, far-away gaze when the dog is roused. The rims of the eyelids should be black.
The Deerhound is one of the most decorative of puppies, impressively stately and scenic where he's seen, whether it be amid the environment of the baronial hall, reclining at luxurious span ahead of the open hearth in the fitful light of the log fire that flickers on polished armour and tarnished tapestry; out in the open, straining at the leash because he smells the dewy air, or bounding over the purple of the native hills. Grace and majesty have been in his every motion and attitude, and even to the prosaic head there is about him that the monogamous glamour of feudal romance and poetry.
From 28 inches to 30 inches, or more if you will find symmetry without coarseness, which, however, is rare. Height of bitches: From 26 inches upward. There can not be any objection to a bitch being large, unless she's too coarse, as even at her greatest height she does not approach that of the puppy, and, thus, could not well be too big for function, as over-big dogs are.
The thighs must be wide and flat, a fantastic wide forearm and elbow being desirable. Fore-legs, of course, as soon as you can. Feet close and compact, with well-arched feet. The hind-quarters drooping, and as broad and powerful as you can, the hips being set wide apart. The hind-legs should be well bent at the stifle, with fantastic length from the hip to the hock, that ought to be broad and flat.
The ears must be set on top, and, in repose, folded back like the Greyhound's, although increased above the head in enthusiasm without losing the fold, and even, in some cases, semi-erect. The ear should be soft, shiny, and like a mouse coat to the touch, and the smaller it is the greater. It should have no long fur or long fringe, but there is frequently a silky, silvery coat in the body of the ear and the suggestion. Regardless of the overall colour, the ears should be black or dark-coloured.
Colour is much a matter of fancy. However, there is no manner of doubt that the dark blue-grey is the most preferred. Next come the lighter and darker greys or brindles, the darkest being generally preferred. Yellow and sandy-red or red-fawn, particularly with black things i.e., ears and muzzle will also be in equivalent estimation.
The hair around the entire body, neck, and quarters should be harsh and wiry, and approximately 3 inches or 4 inches long; that on the head, breast, and belly is a lot softer. There ought to be a minor hairy fringe on the inside of the fore and hind-legs, but nothing coming to the feathering of a Collie. The Deerhound ought to be a shaggy dog, but not coated.
Feet and toenails:-