THE DECORATIVE DEERHOUND
The thighs must be wide and flat, a fantastic wide forearm and elbow being desirable. Fore-legs, needless to say, as straight as you can. Feet close and compact, with well-arched feet. The hind-quarters drooping, and so wide and strong as possible, the hips being set wide apart. The hind-legs should be well bent in the stifle, with fantastic length from the hip to the hock, which should be flat and broad.
The mind should be wider in the ears, tapering slightly to the eyes, together with the muzzle tapering more decidedly to the nose. The muzzle ought to be pointed, but also the lips and teeth level. The head should be long, the skull flat rather than round, with a very slight increase over the eyes, but with nothing approaching a stop. The skull should be coated with reasonably long hair which is softer than the remainder of the coat. The nose should be black (though in some blue-fawns the colour is blue) and somewhat aquiline. In the lighter-coloured dogs that a black muzzle is favored. There should be a fantastic moustache of quite glistening hair, and a fair beard.
From remote days the Scottish nobles cherished their strains of Deerhound, seeking glorious sport in the Highland forests. The red deer belonged by inexorable law to the kings of Scotland, and fantastic drives, which often lasted for many days, were forced to divide the herds into awarded neighbourhoods for the enjoyment of the court, as in the reign of Queen Mary. However, the organised coursing of bull by courtiers ceased during the Stuart problems, and has been abandoned at the hands of retainers, who thus replenished their chief's larder.
Colour is much a matter of fancy. But there's not any manner of doubt that the dark blue-grey is your most preferred. Next come the darker and lighter 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.
From 28 inches to 30 inches, or more if there be symmetry without coarseness, which, however, is rare. Height of bitches: From 26 inches upwards. There can not be any objection to a bitch being big, unless she's too coarse, as even at her greatest elevation she doesn't approach that of their puppy beds, and, thus, could not be too large for function, as over-big dogs are.
The neck should be long that's, of the length that befits the Greyhound character of their dog. The nape of the neck must be quite prominent where the head is set on, and also the throat ought to be clean-cut at the angle and prominent. The shoulders should be nicely repainted, the blades nicely back, with not a lot of width between them.
The Deerhound is one of the most cosmetic of dogs, impressively stately and scenic where he is seen, if it be amid the surroundings of the baronial hall, reclining at lavish length before the open hearth in the fitful light of the log fire which flickers on polished armour and tarnished tapestry; out in the open, straining at the leash as he scents the dewy atmosphere, or gracefully bounding over the purple of his native hills. Grace and majesty have been in his every motion and attitude, and even to the most prosaic head there is about him the monogamous glamour of feudal poetry and romance.
Body: The human body and standard 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 eyes should be black: they are dark brown or hazel. The eye is moderately full with a soft appearance in repose, but a keen, far-away gaze when the dog is roused. The rims of the eyelids should be black.
Feet and toenails:-
The ears must be set on high, and, in repose, folded back such as the Greyhound's, although raised over the head in excitement without losing the fold, and even, in some cases, semi-erect. The ear ought to be soft, glossy, and like a mouse coat into the touch, and the bigger it is the better. It ought to have no long coat or long fringe, however there's frequently a silky, silvery coat on the body of the ear and the suggestion. Regardless of the general colour, the ears should be black or dark-coloured.
The hair on the body, neck, and quarters should be harsh and wiry, and about 3 inches or 4 inches ; this onto the head, breast, and belly is a lot softer. There should 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 over coated.
Stern should be tolerably long, tapering, and reaching to within 1-1/2 inches of the ground, and about 1-1/2 inches below the hocks. After the puppy is still, dropped perfectly straight down, or curved. When in motion it should be curved when excited, in no case to be lifted out of the line of the back. It ought to be well covered with hair, on the interior thick and wiry, underside longer.