pharaoh hound breed information

common health issues

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

The retina lines the back of the eye and is responsible for transmitting visual stimulus to the brain. Retinal dysplasia is a malformation of the retina which can range from mild retinal folds to severe dysplasia with detachment of the retina and blindness. Visually impaired dogs generally adapt to life well due to their keen sense of smell.

Atopy refers to skin allergies caused by inhaled or contact allergens. Just like us, our dogs can be allergic to pollen, dander, grasses and trees. Their allergies result in itchiness that can be seasonal or year-round. Affected dogs are prone to ear and skin infections. The condition varies in severity but is usually lifelong and often requires constant medical management.

Because the history of Egypt is so well documented in paintings and hieroglyphics, we know that the Pharaoh Hound dates back well before the year 3000 B.C., making it one of the oldest known dog breeds. In Egypt, Pharaoh Hounds were celebrated for their remarkable hunting abilities and for forming close relationships with their family members.

Though they are an ancient breed, they did not make their debut in the United States until 1967. Although not a very common breed, their kindness and intelligence make them a thoughtful, gentle addition to any home. They are eager to learn and can excel at obedience trials.

Being both an excellent sight and scent hound, the Pharaoh Hound will require daily exercise. And when you do take her out, be very aware of your surroundings – due to her hunting background, she’s liable to take off after small prey (and given her speed, it’s unlikely you’ll catch her easily once she’s off!). Grooming is a cinch, though, as her short coat needs little upkeep.

Because they are not as commonly bred, Pharaoh Hounds have a history of being very healthy dogs. However, they may still be prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Pharaoh Hounds may be prone to include eye conditions such as retinal dysplasia; joint conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia; and skin conditions such as atopy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Pharaoh Hound inherits more than just a need for speed, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

claim calculator

  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)