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The following description is that of the ideal
Pharaoh Hound. Any deviation from the below described dog must be
penalized to the extent of the deviation.
General Appearance is one of grace, power and speed. The Pharaoh
Hound is medium sized, of noble bearing with hard clean-cut
lines-graceful, well balanced, very fast with free easy movement and
Size, Proportion, Substance
Height--Dogs 23 inches--25 inches. Bitches 21 inches--24
inches. Allover balance must be maintained. Length of body from
breast to haunch bone slightly longer than height of withers to
Alert expression. Eyes amber colored, blending with
coat; oval, moderately deep set with keen intelligent expression.
Ears medium high set, carried erect when alert, but very mobile,
broad at the base, fine and large. Skull long, lean and
chiseled. Only slight stop. Foreface slightly longer than the skull.
Top of the skull parallel with the foreface representing a blunt
wedge. Nose flesh colored, blending with the coat. No other
color. Powerful jaws with strong teeth. Scissors bite.
Neck, Topline, Body
Neck long, lean and muscular with a slight arch to carry the
head on high. Clean throat line. Almost straight topline.
Slight slope from croup to root of tail. Body lithe. Deep
brisket almost down to point of elbow. Ribs well sprung. Moderate
tuck-up. Tail medium set -- fairly thick at the base and
tapering whip-like, reaching below the point of hock in repose. Well
carried and curved when in action. The tail should not be tucked
between the legs. A screw tail is a fault.
Shoulders long and sloping and well laid back. Strong without
being loaded. Elbows well tucked in. Forelegs straight
and parallel. Pasterns strong. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet
neither cat nor hare but strong, well knuckled and firm, turning
neither in nor out. Paws well padded.
Strong and muscular. Limbs parallel. Moderate sweep of stifle. Well
developed second thigh. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet as in
Short and glossy, ranging from fine and close to slightly harsh with
no feathering. Accident blemishes should not be considered as
Ranging from tan/rich, tan/chestnut with white markings allowed as
follows: White tip on tail strongly desired. White on chest (called
"the Star"). White on toes and slim white snip on center line of
face permissible. Flecking or other white undesirable, except for
any solid white spot on the back of neck, shoulder, or any part of
the back or sides of the dog, which is a disqualification.
Free and flowing; the head should be held fairly high and the dog
should cover the ground well without any apparent effort. The legs
and feet should move in line with the body; any tendency to throw
the feet sideways, or a high stepping "hackney" action is a definite
Intelligent, friendly, affectionate and playful. Alert and active.
Very fast with a marked keenness for hunting, both by sight and
Any solid white spot on the back of neck, shoulder, or any part
of the back or sides of the dog.
Approved May 10, 1983
Effective April 3, 1989
NOTE: An illustrated PH standard can be