The standard says -

Shaggy but no overcoated, Woolly coat unacceptable. The correct coat is thick, close-lying, ragged; harsh or crisp to the tough. Hair on body, neck and quarters harsh and wiry about 8cm (3") to 10cm (4") long; that on head, breast and belly much softer. A hairy fringe on inside of fore-and hindlegs.

correct coat


Notice the profuse hair on the legs which is the first inication that the coat will be woolly

In this adult hound the coat has been clipped but is growing back, She needs more attention in grooming but it can be managed as long as the owner is prepared to have it clipped once a year. However they are no less a Deerhound and make a superb pet.



This is difficult, we can all interpret the standard and have different ideas on what the length of the coat should be. I have shown a few pictures of late champions (BELOW) and as you can see they all have different coats, but they do fit the standard. One thing I might add is that they do all have some coat.

Personally I don't like Deerhounds too dark and have a preference for steel greys where Mick's eye goes to the darker dog. One must be careful not to overlook that lighter puppy just because it does not stand out with a dark coat. Don't automatically reject the heavier coated pup. We have seen the puppy coat drop out and a better one come in many times.

We never add anything but 'colour grey' to the pedigrees and registrations as we have been caught out by using brindle and dark grey. The brindle turned grey and the dark grey turned silver. Owners may want the registraations and pedigree changed, something the KC will not do. Breeder beware! just call them all grey, it is safer. The pity is that we rarely see silver grey deerhounds and if we do many think the coat is soft. Of course it maybe but you have to feel for it to be sure.

Trimming of coats is another minefield. We personally do very little, except that dogs who are in the show ring are groomed daily which keeps the coat in good order. We do tidy up the ears and neck to give a nicer line but pluck a little rather than sissor. We may trim some from the underbelly and have been known to occasionally use a thinning tool when the coat becomes too heavy in the older hound. One thing we do prior a show, (5 to 7 days before), we bath the dog. It does soften the coat for a day or two but always returns to normal within 48/36 hours of bathing. We also trim nails and feet as Mick is a stickler for presenting a clean well cared for dog.

I have tried to be honest and hope this helps you decide how to care for your hound. Dogs in the house retired from the show ring are bathed as and when necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks and YES they do hate it. Glenis Peach