Hello, I just joined this forum and I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Dominic and I live in New York. I am a breeder of Pharaoh Hounds and I also show them. My bitches are champions in Best of Show and best of breed. Pharaohs are my passion. I have thoroughly enjoyed the sport of dogs for 11 years now and I hope to meet new people who also have a passion for dogs. Thankyou
My breed of dog is Golden Retrievers. I've owned them on and off for 13 years, I currently own a 2-year-old female named Kelsey. I'm starting to breed them and I'm going to get into conformation and agility. I'm going to keep a female out of Kelsey's litter this fall and then I'm on a waiting list for first show pick of the males from a different breeder.
Pharaoh Hounds are different from other hounds and I would not describe them as "typical". They are curious, cautious and very independent, my Pharaohs are extremely intelligent and strong willed. There are no two Pharaoh Hounds that are alike. Pharaoh Hounds, like some people, just want to enjoy life. They have an outstanding personality and are very gentle. They are quite fun loving and affectionate with their owners, & when quite pleased with themselves and/or their actions, will blush. This is also occurs when they are smiling. Some of my Pharaohs are trained to smile on demand to produce a blush. This makes an excellent show Pharaoh.
For a Pharaoh as a pet, they have a great tolerance of children and are fasinated by them. They are generally not high strung, but are active and do enjoy running and playing. They can be quite "cat-like" in their personalities and habits. They love to be loved, but only when they want it. With strangers, they can be sketchy until properly introduced. They will judge each new person on what they feel are their merits and decided if they are worthy of their attention.
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First, thank you all for commenting my dogs I appreciate it :-)
It is not rare to have a litter in which a pharaoh is albino. So to answer your question, yes I used to come across albino's, sometimes but any albino that I had would immediately be turned over to several orginizations and sometimes family members but strictly as pets or service dogs because it is a flaw in the genetic line. It's not something any breeder would WANT to have. Albinism is not just another color, albino is also different than white. it includes a variety of syndromes which can affect health as well as behavior in many ways. Also, albino's and white Pharaoh Hounds can be disqualified from the conformation ring. The accepted colors range from tan/rich, tan/chestnut with white markings. The only white markings allowed are: White tip on tail which strongly desired. "The star", or white on chest. White on toes and slim white snip on center line of face. Flecking or other white mark except for any solid white spot on the back of neck, shoulder, or any part of the back or sides of the dog is disqualified.
***Edited By: kirkpharaohhounds on 6/20/2005 9:21:17 PM*** Reason: Added because I sounded like a stuck-up know it all breeder :-P
Welcome Dominic. It's wonderful to see a Pharoah breeder here. I am so smitten with the breed (as well as Ibizans) and your description of their personalities just reinforces that I must have one some day....when I have home better suited for them. Absolutely stunning dogs...keep posting pics please, I can't get enough.
My breed of choice is Chinese Cresteds. I currently have three of my own, one foster boy, and for this week two additional fosters that came from Texas that I'll be moving on to Indiana this weekend. I am a rep for Crest-Care, a national Chinese Crested rescue organization. I spent this last weekend in Dallas at the ACCC & Cowtown CCC specialty shows and felt like I'd died and gone to heaven and fell in love far too many times to count.
I knew some breeds couldnt be in show if there albino, like gsd and dobermans. I understand your a breeder and you know what your doing but You sell the dogs that are useless to you? aww so some dogs are just doomed by fate :-( I would take one :-)
First off I don't sell them, they go to orginizations/associations that welcome champion bloodline Pharaohs that are considered faults and not welcome in the ring and sometimes used as service dogs, rarely I will give them to a family I deem as a worthy, good home that knows about the breed and will have no problem raising it. Second, they are not doomed at all, they live a very privileged life that most people would wish for unwanted dogs and puppies. I thankyou and respect your interest in the breed :-) Kelsey is a lovely dog :-)
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