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Coat Type
The coat type of the greyhound is classified as smooth, fur is short and soft and lacking the undercoat present in many other breeds of dog. Because of their thin coat, greyhounds are more susceptible to extreme temperatures.

Base colours


Black can be either dominant or recessive. Dominant black will not produce blue, fawn, brindle or particolour pups. Nose leather will always be black.


Blue is a dilute of black, coat colours range from very pale blue through to an almost black shade of blue. Nose leather will be usually be slate grey.


Dun is a very rare colour occuring once in every 1500 to 2000 litters.
Coat colour can range from a very light fawn through to a deep chocolate brown. Nose leather will usually be either pink or brown.


Fawn ranges from a pale biscuit colour through to a very dark red. Nose leather should be black.


White isn't actually a colour in itself but an absence of colour. Nose leather will vary depending on secondary colour.


Brindle is a coat pattern in which black stripes overlay a base colour.
Variations of brindle:

  • Black brindle
  • Blue brindle
  • Red brindle
  • Fawn brindle
  • Red fawn brindle
  • Blue fawn brindle
  • White fawn brindle

Particolour refers to a white dog with patches of any other colour.
Coat must be 50% white to be named as particolour, if not, the colour will be named as [base colour] with white.

Colour Inheritance
Basic colour inheritance

  • Black - Black : Could produce Black, Blue, Dun, Fawn or Brindle or any of those colours with white.

  • Dun - Dun : Never recorded.

  • Blue - Blue : Could produce Blue, Fawn or Brindle or those colours with white. No Blacks or Duns should be present.

  • Brindle - Brindle : Could produce Brindles and Fawns, or those colours with white. No Blacks, Duns or Blues should be present.

  • Fawn - Fawn : Will produce Fawn or Fawn with white only. No Blacks, Duns or Blues or Brindles should be present.

Conditions Affecting The Coat

Atrophic Follicular Dysplasia (Bald Thigh Syndrome) is characterised by bilateral hair loss on the lateral and caudal thighs.
The cause is currently unknown but contributing factors may include stress, thyroid levels or sleeping on rough surfaces.

Scurf (dandruff) is the excessive shedding of dead skin cells which often build up in the coat. Scurf is often the result of rugging the dog (rugs often do not allow proper air flow, creating a damp environment in which fungi thrive) and is caused by the fungi Malassezia.

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