Short and glossy, ranging from fine and close to slightly harsh with no feathering. Accident blemishes should not be considered as faults.


Most coats are short and glossy, fine and close, but many young dogs develop a "puppy" coat which is somewhat longer and a bit fuller than the coat would be at maturity. They tend to keep this slightly rougher coat until a year of age, when it begins to shed and is replaced by a finer, closer coat. A small percentage of Pharaoh Hounds, after shedding the puppy coat, will grow a slightly longer, slightly harsher coat. This is acceptable if the variation is slight. Feathering is a fault.