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Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound


ORIGIN

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FCI
Malta.

PATRONAGE

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
24.06.1987.
KC
February 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
An alert keen hunter, hunting by scent and sight, using his ears to a marked degree when working close.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 5Spitz and primitive types
Section 6Primitive type
Without working trial

KC
Hound
UKC
Sighthound/Pariah

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
The Pharaoh Hound is a very ancient breed, with a striking resemblance to the hounds depicted in the Egyptian temples from before 4,000 B.C. and to the dog god, Anubis. Though a Sighthound, they are unusual in that they are able to use both scent and sight for hunting. Due to the relative isolation of the island of Malta, they have bred true to form there since about 1,000 B.C. The Pharaoh Hound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1983.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Medium sized, of noble bearing with clean-cut lines. Graceful yet powerful. Very fast with free easy movement and alert expression.
KC
Medium sized, of noble bearing with clean-cut lines. Graceful yet powerful. Very fast with free easy movement and alert expression.
UKC
The Pharaoh Hound's appearance is one of grace, power and speed. They are a medium-sized dog with clean-cut lines. They have a noble bearing, and are graceful and well balanced, and have an alert expression. They move free and easy and are very fast. Any deviation from the breed standard is to be penalized to the extent of the deviation.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
An alert keen hunter, hunting by scent and sight using its ears to a marked degree when working close.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Alert, intelligent, friendly, affectionate and playful.
KC
Alert, intelligent, friendly, affectionate and playful.
UKC
The Pharaoh Hound is intelligent, friendly, affectionate and playful. They are alert, active and very fast, with a marked keenness for hunting, both by sight and scent.

HEAD

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FCI
Foreface slightly longer than skull. Top of skull parallel with foreface, whole head representing a blunt wedge when viewed in profile and from above.
KC
Skull long, lean and well-chiselled. Foreface slightly longer than skull. Only slight stop. Top of skull parallel with foreface, whole head representing a blunt wedge when viewed in profile and from above.
UKC
The head resembles a blunt wedge when viewed either from the top or from the side. The planes of the skull and foreface are parallel, and the muzzle is slightly longer than the skull.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Long, lean and well-chiselled.
UKC
The skull is long, lean and well chiseled. There is a slight stop.

Stop

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FCI
Only slight.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Flesh coloured only, blending with coat.
KC
Flesh-coloured only, blending with coat.
UKC
Flesh colored, which blends with the coat, is the only acceptable nose color.

Muzzle

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KC
Powerful jaws with strong teeth. Scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
The muzzle is long and powerful, tapering slightly from stop to tip.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Powerful jaws with strong teeth. Scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Amber coloured, blending with coat ; oval, moderately deep- set, with keen, intelligent expression.
KC
Amber coloured, blending with coat; oval, moderately deep-set, with keen, intelligent expression.
UKC
The moderately deep-set eyes are oval in shape. They are amber colored, blending with the coat; and have a keen, intelligent expression.

Ears

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FCI
Medium high set ; carried erect when alert, but very mobile ; broad at base, fine and large.
KC
Medium high set; carried erect when alert, but very mobile; broad at base, fine and large.
UKC
The large, fine ears are medium high set and carried erect when the dog is alert. They are broad at the base and very mobile.

NECK

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FCI
Long, lean, muscular and slightly arched. Clean throat line.
KC
Long, lean, muscular and slightly arched. Clean throat line.
UKC
The long, clean neck is lean and muscular. There is a slight arch, allowing the head to be carried high.

BODY

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FCI
Lithe with almost straight topline. Length of body from breast to haunch bone slightly longer than height at withers.
KC
Lithe with almost straight topline. Slight slope down from croup to root of tail. Deep brisket extending down to point of elbow. Ribs well sprung. Moderate cut up. Length of body from breast to haunch bone slightly longer than height at withers.
UKC
The body is lithe. The length of the body, measured from the breast bone to the haunch bone, is slightly longer than the height, measured from the withers to the ground. The backline is almost straight; there is a slight slope from the croup to the root of the tail. The brisket is deep, reaching down almost to the point of the elbow. The ribs are well sprung. There is a moderate tuck-up.

Croup

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FCI
Slight slope down from croup to root of tail.

Chest

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FCI
Deep, extending down to point of elbow. Ribs well sprung.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Moderate cut up.

TAIL

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FCI
Medium set, fairly thick at base and tapering (whip-like), reaching just below point of hock in repose. Carried high and curved when dog is in action. Tail should not be tucked between legs. A screw tail undesirable.
KC
Strong, well knuckled and firm, turning neither in nor out. Paws well padded.
UKC
The tail is medium set and fairly thick at the base. It tapers like a whip, reaching below the point of the hock when in repose. When the dog is in action, the tail is carried high and curved. It should not be tucked between the legs.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight and parallel.
KC
Shoulders strong, long and well laid back. Forelegs straight and parallel. Elbows well tucked in. Pasterns strong.
UKC
The long, sloping shoulders are well laid back. They are strong without being loaded.

Shoulder

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FCI
Strong, long and well laid back.

Elbow

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FCI
Well tucked in.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The forelegs are straight and parallel. The elbows are well tucked in. The pasterns are strong. Dewclaws may be removed.

Pastern

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FCI
Strong

FEET

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KC
Strong, well knuckled and firm, turning neither in nor out. Paws well padded.
UKC
Strong well knuckled and firm with deep pads, the feet turn neither in nor out. Dewclaws may be removed.

Forefeet

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FCI
Strong, well knuckled and firm, turning neither in nor out. Paws well padded. Dewclaws may be removed.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong and muscular. Limbs parallel when viewed from behind.
KC
Strong and muscular. Moderate bend of stifle. Well developed second thigh. Limbs parallel when viewed from behind.
UKC
The hindquarters are strong and muscular.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderate bend of stifle.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
There is a moderate sweep to the stifle. The second thigh is well developed. When viewed from behind, the legs are parallel. Dewclaws may be removed.

Lower thigh

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FCI
Well developed.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Free and flowing ; head held fairly high and dog should cover ground well without any apparent effort. Legs and feet should move in line with body ; any tendency to throw feet sideways, or high stepping « hackney » action highly undesirable.
KC
Free and flowing; head held fairly high and dog should cover ground well without any apparent effort. Legs and feet should move in line with body; any tendency to throw feet sideways, or high stepping ‘hackney’ action highly undesirable.
UKC
Movement is free and flowing, the dog covering the ground well without any apparent effort. The head is held fairly high. The legs and feet move in line with the body.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short and glossy, ranging from fine and close to slightly harsh ; no feathering.
KC
Short and glossy, ranging from fine and close to slightly harsh; no feathering.
UKC
The short, glossy coat ranges from being fine and close to slightly harsh. There is no feathering. Any blemishes or scars are not to be considered as faults.

COLOUR

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FCI

Tan or rich tan with white markings allowed as follows
White tip on tail strongly desired. White on chest (called « the star »). White on toes. Slim white blaze on center line of face permissible. Flecking or white other than above undesirable.
KC
Tan or rich tan with white markings allowed as follows: White tip on tail strongly desired. White on chest (called ‘The Star’). White on toes. Slim white blaze on centre line of face permissible. Flecking or white other than above undesirable.
UKC
Tan or rich tan, with white markings allowed as follows: a white tip on the tail is strongly desired; white on the chest, referred to as "the star"; white on the toes; a slim white snip on the center line of the face. Flecking or any other white is undesirable.

SIZE

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KC
dogs: 56-63 cms (22-25 ins); bitches: 53-61 cms (21-24 ins).

Height at withers

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FCI
Dogs ideally 56 cm (22-25 ins = 56-63,5 cm), bitches ideally 53 cm (21-24 ins = 53-61 cm).
UKC
Height ranges are: dogs, 22 inches to 25 inches; bitches, 21 inches to 24 inches.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC

Tail: Screw tail.
Gait: Hackney action. Any tendency to throw the feet sideways.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.
Color: Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.