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Pharaoh Hound

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Less well-known than its more dramatic cousins the Afghan Hound, Greyhound and Saluki, the Pharoah Hound shares a rich heritage with a more moderate outline and size.  Like all sighthounds, the Pharoah Hound tends to be calm inside, very active when outside, unreliable when off-lead and very gentle.  A unique personality and warm expression give the Pharoah Hound a very special place in the heart of all that may cross its path.

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General Information
Group(s): HoundsSighthound Height: 21-25 inches
Weight: 40-55 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: tan or rich tan with some white on tip of tail, chest, blaze on face and toes, other white or flecks are undesirable Coat type: short, smooth, lying flat
Recognized Registries: FCI, CKC, TKC, ANKC, AKC, NCA, UKC and others
Overall Appearance: Medium sized dog of distinct yet moderate sighthound type with natural upright ears and russet coloration.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: Easy going, genial, laid back, playful, intelligent and friendly.
  with Children: Generally good but can be intimidated by excessively noisy, physical children, for the sake of the dog, supervision is mandatory.
  with other pets: Variable, they were bred to hunt rabbit after all
  with dogs: Generally very good
Socialization requirements: moderate, can tend toward shyness if lacking in confidence that comes from proper socialization
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the history and legacy of such a breed as well as its independent nature. Probably not an ideal candidate for being off lead.
Temperament Notes: A quiet dog inside typically with their true energy and speed and activity level emerging when they are outside.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: The Pharoah Hound was developed as an independent hunter, as such they are not inclined to hang on your every word.  Nevertheless their playful and devoted nature makes them a generally good training partner.  They do tend to be easily distracted especially by those things that would put them into their instinctual prey/hunting mode (cats, small animals, etc. for example) and this makes it a bit challenging to develop reliable working ability off-lead.  Even so, their love of games and play will make any training effort a great deal of fun.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Ancient
Country of Origin: An ongoing debate between Malta or Egypt. In any event the dog was recognized and appreciated even then.
Original Function: Rabbit Dog
History: Developed as a rabbit hunter, the prick eared sighthound developed a following throughout the ancient world with many people noting the similarities between the breed and ancient Egyptian sculptures including its likeness to their God Osiris.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: excessive white
Health Notes: bloat, hip dysplasia, eye issues
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Pharoah Hounds?
  • Why do you have Pharoah Hounds (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Pharoah Hound?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Pharoah Hound?
  • How would you describe the ideal Pharoah Hound home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Pharoah Hound?
  • How do you assist or help Pharoah Hounds in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites:

    http://www.pharaohhca.com/rescue.htm - Pharoah Hound Club of America Rescue

    http://www.forthehounds.com/ - Sighthound Rescue for all breeds of Sighthounds based in SC

    http://home.earthlink.net/~uwharrie/rescue.htm - Carolina Sighthound Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard:

    http://www.ankc.aust.com/pharoah.html - ANKC (Australian Kennel Club) Standard for the Pharoah Hound

    http://www.akc.org/breeds/pharaoh_hound/index.cfm - Standard of the Pharoah Hound Club of America

    http://www.pharaohhca.com/illustrated_guide.htm - Illustrated Standard of the Pharoah Hound Club of America

    http://www.ckc.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=137&Breed_Code=PAH - Canadian Kennel Club Standard for the Pharoah Hound

    http://www.kelb-tal-fenek.com/fcistandardeng.htm - FCI Standard for the Pharoah Hound

    http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/hound/h788.htm - The Kennel Club (UK) Standard for the Pharoah Hound

    Breeder Ethics:

    http://www.pharaohhound.org/MHPHC-CodeOfEthics.pdf - Code of Ethics as per the Pharoah Hound Club of America and the Mount Hood Pharoah Hound Club

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