CharmedWons is not a
commercial kennel, but rather a small Pharaoh Hound breeding
program located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
My name is Julie
and I acquired by first Pharaoh hound
in March 1999.
His name was Phantom
and he taught me so much about
Pharaoh Hounds as a breed, sighthounds as a group, and dogs in general. Through
him, I have seen and experienced a whole world of purebred dogs that I didn't know
existed. We started in the show ring and then progressed to
the coursing and racing fields. He excelled in all areas and
we had so much fun together.
kennel name, CharmedWons, came into existence several years after I
had acquired my first 2 PHs, Phantom and Phlirt. Initially I started
naming my dogs with a “PH” because I’m a PHarmacist from
PHiladelphia with Pharaoh Hounds. It was a trend I had started for
fun. Then as I was considering breeding my first litter, I became
hopelessly hooked on a TV show, “Charmed”. In this show, the main
characters who are 3 sisters, all have first names that begin with
“P” (which was similar to my trend with “Ph”). The sisters are
referred to in the show as the “Charmed Ones” and all have special
abilities/powers. I have always considered my Pharaohs to have
special abilities/powers and I think the intelligence, ingenuity and
versatility of this breed is absolutely amazing. The definition of
“charming” also describes PHs wonderfully. Webster’s definition is
“extremely pleasing or delightful; entrancing”. So with just a
slight modification in spelling and with the whelping of my first
litter, CharmedWons Pharaohs began.
I am involved in
many activities with my hounds. I owner/handle all my
dogs in the show ring, lure coursing, racing and obedience (I've
dabbled in agility and freestyle dancing).
I am also trying NoseWork and it's a lot of fun. First and foremost, these are my companions and my best friends.
Many of my weekends are planned around activities for the dogs or
just relaxing at home. I am a big proponent of owners
showing/handling their own dogs as opposed to the use of
professional handlers. Fortunately the PH breed in general is
primarily owner/handled with some exceptions.
The litters produced at CharmedWons will be infrequent
(every 1-2 years), but well thought out. The goal
will be to produce Pharaoh Hound puppies that are not only beautiful, elegant and bred
to the standard, but
functional and good tempered as well. I will only be producing a litter when the
intention is for me to keep one of the puppies to be potentially incorporated into my
breeding program. Importance is placed on quality NOT on
I am very active in
several dog clubs. I am a member of the
Club of America since 2001. I am a member
officer of an all-breed club,
Valley Forge Kennel Club
since 1997. I am a founding member and officer of
the Pharaoh Hound Owners of the NorthEast (PHONE)
since 2008. I encourage all exhibitors and fanciers to
join not only their breed's specialty club, but also an all-breed
far as training my dogs, I take classes at several training clubs
in my area including Y2K9s, Suburban DTC and What a Good Dog.
These classes include conformation handling, rally, obedience,
nosework and I've dabbled in agility and freestyle. I am
a new member to National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW)
and hope to begin trialing in NoseWork.
Enjoy the information and
pictures about my wonderful companions. Please
contact me with any questions