What is a
A Pharaoh hound is a
medium-sized sighthound--a group of dogs which includes the Greyhound, Borzoi,
Irish Wolfhound, Whippet, Afghan Hound, Saluki, and others. These dogs
were bred to hunt by sight, coursing game in open areas. Their natural instinct
for hunting 'critters' like moles, squirrels, chipmunks, birds, etc, is
extremely high which is the main reason that sighthounds, in general, must be
kept on leash when outside a fenced yard.
Where can I get a Pharaoh Hound?
There are a variety of
Pharaoh hound breeders worldwide. I strongly discourage anyone from purchasing a
through a pet store or other commercial breeder. These are fronts for
puppy mills. How do you distinguish a reputable breeder from
a puppy mill/commercial breeder/backyard breeder? Please
click the following link:
A comparison of the
traits of a responsible breeder vs backyard/puppy mill
It is best if you
contact a reputable breeder and ask lots of questions (use the link
above to help formulate your questions). Most reputable
breeders will not plan a litter until the absolute best stud dog has
been selected for the breeder's high quality female. [In
general, breeder's who own both male and female could be a backyard
breeder or puppy mill.] Then the reputable breeder will begin
a list of prospective puppy owners that they believe would be great
new owners for their puppies. Once that list is long enough
with prospective puppy owners,
the breeder will then decide to do the breeding.
prospective puppy owners wait months to years to get a puppy.
It is best to decide on a breeder that you can work with (as
most reputable breeders will want to be involved in the good,
the bad and the ugly with the puppy as it ages), then ask more
questions, then get placed on the waiting list for a puppy if
you are sure you want to own (or be owned) by a Pharaoh Hound.
Often times, many reputable breeders will request a deposit as
it gets close to the breeding. Being placed on
the waiting list does not guarantee you a puppy as one can not
control the number of puppies born or the genders of the puppies
if you want a specific gender.
How can I contact someone
from Pharaoh Hound Rescue?
On occasion a
Pharaoh hound comes into rescue.
is done by members of the Pharaoh Hound Club of America.
Check the website at
for a list of national rescue volunteers. It is extremely rare for
a Pharaoh Hound puppy to come into rescue, generally they are older
more mature hounds.
Should I get a male or a
female Pharaoh Hound?
make excellent companions. Males tend to be slightly more lovey-dovey and enjoy repetitive
play. Females can be a little more complex and strong-willed, and tend to be a bit more
intelligent. Males tend to be taller and slightly heavier than
breeders sell their puppies on contracts. The contract
serves to define the description of the purchase and contains
specific language outlining the breeder's responsibility to the
purchaser as well as what is required of the purchaser in providing
a home for the pup. The contract should also include a
breeder's guarantee for the health of the puppy. Contracts
that require the puppy purchaser to breed in the
future should be avoided. You should
NOT BE REQUIRED to breed your dog!!! Breeding a litter of puppies
should be a carefully planned event. It requires an enormous
commitment of energy and time, not to mention the responsibility of
finding suitable homes for the puppies and being responsible for
those puppies for their entire lives. Breeders who require
you to breed your dog and then require a "puppy back" are operating
a self-serving "puppy pyramid scheme" and encouraging backyard
breeders who have no desire to improve and protect the breed.
Avoid these breeders.
All CharmedWons puppies are sold with a contract
and a health guarantee, no exceptions!!!
My intent in co-ownership is not
to interfere in the home life of the puppies or the total
integration into their new owner's homes. I view co-ownership as a
way to mentor and assist those people new to Pharaoh hounds, new to
the activities we do with our Pharaoh hounds and also to retain a
'guardianship' of these animals which I chose to produce in my
breeding program. Under the present regulations of the AKC,
co-ownership is the only avenue I have. The optimum arrangements are
that both breeder and co-owners are in agreement and work totally in
concert and all is spelled out ahead of time before the puppy leaves the
breeder's house. My co-ownerships do NOT require you to breed
your Pharaoh hound if you so choose not to. That will always
be your decision. Co-ownerships that require you to breed your dog
and then require a "puppy back" are operating a self-serving "puppy
pyramid scheme" and encouraging backyard breeders who have no desire
to improve and protect the breed. Avoid these breeders.
How should I care for my
like other dogs, require a good quality diet and plenty of fresh water.
Grooming is minimal -- cut their nails regularly, bathe as needed, and keep them
free of parasites. They are not well-adapted for living in a kennel or as
outside dogs. Their coats do not provide the insulation for them to withstand
prolonged periods of exposure to
the cold. They need soft bedding on which to
sleep, regular exercise, and routine veterinary care. Pharaoh Hounds (and dogs
in general) require you to keep them safe, so the most important thing you can
do is provide them with a safe environment. In most cases, this means a
fenced yard (5-6' high is recommended). Invisible fences are not recommended as
they will not contain a pharaoh hound (or dog in general) who is chasing prey.
Invisible fences also 'punish' a dog for attempting to return home. Puppies can be chewers, so crating is recommended when you
are not able to supervise their activities. Obedience training based on
positive motivational techniques will make your Pharaoh Hound a better canine citizen.
What kind of activities can
I do with my companion Pharaoh Hound?
Many enjoyable competitive
sports are open to Pharaoh Hounds such as lure coursing, straight
racing, and oval track racing. In these events, a temporary track and lure
system is set up. The lure is usually a white plastic trash bag. All of these
events are purely for sport, and are put on for the enjoyment of the dogs and
their owners. Top competitors win ribbons and points towards running titles. No
betting is allowed. Thus, win or lose, every dog goes home to be "king of the
With new methods of motivational obedience training being used,
are becoming successful obedience and agility dogs. Some have even tried
herding, flyball and tracking. All of
the above activities are open to Pharaoh Hounds including those that are spayed or neutered. For racing
and coursing, your Pharaoh Hound must not have any breed disqualifications, such as
white on the side or back (see breed standard). The other type of activity that
Pharaoh hounds participate in is the show ring, but to be successful at this sport, you
must purchase a puppy who is considered by its breeder to be show quality and is
kept intact (not spayed or neutered).
What types of health
problems do Pharaoh Hounds have?
nutrition, exercise, and veterinary care, many Pharaoh Hounds live for 10-13 years.
As a whole, the breed is generally healthy. Some of the health issues with
Pharaoh hounds have been reported to be allergies, hypothyroidism
and loose patellas (kneecaps). The incidence of hip dysplasia is
very low in Pharaoh Hounds. When looking to acquire a Pharaoh Hound, you
should ask about health testing. Certifications from the breeders can be provided
or found on the
OFA page. There
is never a reason for your prospective puppies parents to be bred
without health clearances.
Will I be able to keep my
Pharaoh Hound off the furniture?
They love the sofa and will gladly if allowed, keep you company in bed at night. Luckily for them and for you, it is easy to keep
your Pharaoh hound clean and free of parasites so that he will be a welcome
guest on your furniture. You can also put a sheet or throw over the "dog chair"
and remove it when company comes.
Do Pharaoh Hound bark a lot?
In general, yes. So this may not be the perfect
dog for apartment or condominium living. My dogs bark the most when
they see prey (real or artificial) out in the backyard or at a field
trial. They also bark alerts for strangers at the door.