About The Pharaoh Hound

FCI-Standard N° 248


FCI-St. N° 248 / 09.08.1999

PATRONAGE: Great Britain.
UTILIZATION: An alert keen hunter, hunting by scent and sight, using his ears to a marked degree when working close.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 5 Spitz and primitive types.
Section 6 Primitive type.
Without working trial.
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: 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.
Nose: Flesh coloured only, blending with coat.
Jaws/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: 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: 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.
General appearance: Forelegs straight and parallel.
Shoulder: Strong, long and well laid back.
Elbow: Well tucked in.
Pastern: Strong
Forefeet: Strong, well knuckled and firm, turning neither in nor out.
Paws well padded. Dewclaws may be removed.
General appearance: Strong and muscular. Limbs parallel when viewed from behind.
Stifle: Moderate bend of stifle.
Second thigh: Well developed.
Hind feet: Strong, well knuckled and firm, turning neither in nor out.
Paws well padded. Dewclaws may be removed.
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.
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.
HEIGHT: 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.
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical of behavioural abnormalities.
• 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.