The Kennel Club





Pharaoh Hound




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: February 2009

CLASSIFICATION

: Hound

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: Medium sized, of noble bearing with clean-cut lines. Graceful yet powerful. Very fast with free easy movement and alert expression.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: Alert, intelligent, friendly, affectionate and playful.

HEAD

: 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.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

: Flesh-coloured only, blending with coat.

Muzzle

: Powerful jaws with strong teeth. Scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Eyes

: Amber coloured, blending with coat; oval, moderately deep-set, with keen, intelligent expression.

Ears

: Medium high set; carried erect when alert, but very mobile; broad at base, fine and large.

NECK

: Long, lean, muscular and slightly arched. Clean throat line.

BODY

: 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.

TAIL

: Strong, well knuckled and firm, turning neither in nor out. Paws well padded.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

: Shoulders strong, long and well laid back. Forelegs straight and parallel. Elbows well tucked in. Pasterns strong.

FEET

: Strong, well knuckled and firm, turning neither in nor out. Paws well padded.

HINDQUARTERS

: Strong and muscular. Moderate bend of stifle. Well developed second thigh. Limbs parallel when viewed from behind.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: 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.

COAT

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HAIR

: Short and glossy, ranging from fine and close to slightly harsh; no feathering.

COLOUR

: 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.

SIZE

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

FAULTS

: 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.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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