Neck/Topline/Body

Neck long, lean and muscular with a slight arch to carry the head on high. Clean throat line. Almost a 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.

DISCUSSION

NECK

NeckThe neck should show nobility of bearing. The combined head and neck should have a sculptured appearance. The neck must be firmly set into sloping shoulders and must carry the head with a look of ease. The dry, clean throat line means that there should be no flabbiness or loose folds in the skin. The balance and overall look of the dog depends a great deal upon his having the correct neck. The neck must be in balance with the rest of the dog. A dog of good substance should have a heavier neck than a less substantial and/or taller dog. In other words, the neck must suit both the head and body of the dog in order to merit description by the much-used word "Balance". Faults are short, thick neck, an elongated neck and a ewe neck, which has a concave, sheep-like arch. Ewe neck often sits badly on shoulders as well as having a poor outline.

TOPLINE

toplineThe topline, which is almost straight, is at its highest point at the withers. It should be firm. Sagging, or sway-back, a weakness of the spine, is a fault. The opposite fault is a roach-back, which constricts the spine. However, a slight rise over the loin is permissible and is common. A dog in correct weight should show no more than the suggestion of 3 vertebrae. A Greyhound type curve to the tuck-up is a fault, often accompanied by a roached back. Looking down at the body, the width across the hip should equal the width at the widest point of rib-spring. Once again, balanced. MODERATE is the key word to apply to the physical characteristics of the Pharaoh Hound body.

TAIL

tailA tail tucked between the legs is most undesirable and a serious fault. Although it is desirable to have the tail carried up and curved when in action, holding it outward and lower merely detracts somewhat from the picture and should not be considered a fault. Experience has shown us that many bitches with correct tails tend to carry the tail out and lowered rather than up, when in the show ring. Other tail faults are tightly curled tail, off-center tail carriage, tip of tail resting on dog's back, tail set too high, tail set too low, and feathering on tail.