Pharaoh Hound

FCI standard Nº 248

Origin
Malta, patronage Great Britain
Group
Group 5 Spitz and primitive types
Section
Section 6 Primitive type
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Friday 09 August 1963
Publication of the official valid standard
Wednesday 24 June 1987
Last update
Monday 09 August 1999
En français, cette race se dit
Chien du Pharaon
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Pharaonenhund
En español, esta raza se dice
Perro del Faraón
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Faraohond

Usage

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

General appearance

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

Behaviour / temperament

Alert, intelligent, friendly, affectionate and playful.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Foreface slightly longer than skull. Top of skull parallel with foreface, whole head representing a blunt wedge when viewed in profile and from above.
Skull
Long, lean and well-chiselled. 
Stop
Only slight.

Facial region

Nose
Flesh coloured only, blending with coat.
Jaws and teeth
Powerful jaws with strong teeth. Scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the 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

Body
Lithe with almost straight topline. Length of body from breast to haunch bone slightly longer than height at withers.
Croup
Slight slope down from croup to root of tail.
Chest
Deep, extending down to point of elbow. Ribs well sprung.
Underline and belly
Belly moderate cut up.

Tail

Medium set, fairly thick at base and tapering (whip-like), reaching just below point of hock in repose. Carried high and curved when dog is in action. Tail should not be tucked between legs. A screw tail undesirable.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Forelegs straight and parallel.
Shoulders
Strong, long and well laid back.
Elbows
Well tucked in.
Pastern
Strong.

Hindquarters

Generality
Strong and muscular. Limbs parallel when viewed from behind.
Lower thigh
Well developed.
Stifle
Moderate bend of stifle.

Feet

Strong, well knuckled and firm, turning neither in nor out. Paws well padded. Dewclaws may be removed.

Gait and 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

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 center line of face permissible. Flecking or white other than above undesirable.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Dogs ideally 56 cm (22-25 ins = 56-63,5 cm), bitches ideally 53 cm (21-24 ins = 53-61 cm).

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 its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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