The Pharaoh Hound is an extremely
healthy breed overall. In the hope of controlling the genetic
diseases that already affect the breed and prevent any new ones from
emerging, the Pharaoh Hound Club of America participates in a
program operated by the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC). It
requires that breeders test all their breeding dogs for knee, hip,
eye and thyroid diseases that occur in the breed. This
program started in 2007 for Pharaoh Hounds.
If you are searching for a breeder,
insist on seeing the written documentation from:
(1) the Orthopedic
Foundation for Animals (OFA) or the University of Pennsylvania (PennHip)
that your puppy's parents' hips are free of dysplasia, a genetic hip
deformity that requires costly surgery to repair and can lead to
arthritis later in life. The incidence of hip dysplasia while very
low in Pharaoh hounds, is on the rise. Pharaoh hounds tested
between 2006-2010 have an incidence of 4.6% dysplasia.
http://www.offa.org/stats_hip.html Pharaoh hounds
are ranked #158 of #168 breeds tested. The minimum age for
testing is 2 years of age.
(2) OFA certification that the parents are free
of knee (patella) luxation. The incidence of patellar luxation in
pharaoh hounds is 1.4%.
Pharaoh hounds are ranked #82 of #108 breeds tested.
(3) OFA certification that the parents are free of eye diseases.
Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) documentation about the
health of the eyes is also an alternative to OFA certification.
(4) OFA certification that the parents are free of thyroid diseases.
The incidence of autoimmune thyroiditis is 8.8%, ranking Pharaoh
hounds #17 of #99 breeds tested.
The general good health of the
Pharaoh Hound is a very strong motivation for "responsible breeders"
to do health clearances on their breeding stock and on
what they produce. The general good health of the Pharaoh
Hound should not be used as an excuse to avoid health testing.
Potential puppy buyers can
do their part by supporting only those breeders in their health
testing efforts by seeking out their dogs. A responsible
breeder will be able to provide the testing results of the breeding
pair as well as the health clearances of the ancestors of the
breeding pair. A responsible breeder should also be
able to discuss the general health issues of our breed. This should
help puppy buyers make an informed decision about health
risks to their new pharaoh hound
My goal is to health
test all CharmedWons Pharaohs used in my breeding program as well as
50% of the pups produced. This should help me identify any
knee, hip, eye or thyroid health issues. To see my CharmedWons
data and statistics,