Pharaoh Hound Breed Standard

Pharaoh Hound Breed Standard

AKC PHARAOH HOUND BREED STANDARD

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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 alert expression.

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.

AKC STANDARD

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 ground. Lithe.

DISCUSSION

SIZE, PROPORTION, SUBSTANCE

The Pharaoh Hound, medium sized, is slightly longer in body than in height when measured vertically from the ground to the highest point of the withers, as opposed to the length of the body when measured horizontally from the forechest to the rear projection of the upper thigh. The body is muscular and powerful, possessing great endurance and capability of speed. A fault in over-all appearance is that of coarseness, which is a lack of elegance and nobility. An equally serious fault is that of a Pharaoh Hound with a racy or fine greyhound build. This means that there is generally not enough bone and substance to the dog's structure, resulting in a dog that is too lightly built, not powerful enough, or undersize. In striving for elegance and grace, the breeder may easily fall into the trap of producing a racy, fine or Greyhound-like Pharaoh Hound, completely losing Pharaoh Hound type. The most serious of faults is the loss of Pharaoh Hound type.