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 The Pharaoh Hound is a comparatively healthy breed but there have been reported   incidents   of luxating Patella (slipping knee caps) since Pharaoh Hounds were  first     Introduced in to the   UK in the mid 1960s.

  The Pharaoh Hound Club took steps in the late 1980s to establish the extent of this health    problem, which was certainly inherited, in order to reduce the incidence and ultimately to    eradicate the condition  in the breed if possible.

  A test was developed that could easily be carried out by a veterinary  surgeon without recourse   to anaesthetic.  The Pharaoh Hounds Club has blank certificates available for anyone -   breeders or individual owners of Pharaoh Hounds - and can be obtained from the Secretary,   Testing should be only carried out on animals over the age of 12 months.

  This is a voluntary scheme and can only  work with the co-operation of everyone who owns a   Pharaoh Hound and has the health of the breed at heart.  With a limited gene pool it is   Imperative to identify individual dogs that are affected by this serious condition and remove   them from the breeding programme.  Thereafter care should be taken when selecting potential   mates to ensure, as far as possible, that there is no patella luxation in closely related animals.

  The test certificates are are available from the Secretary and should be returned, completed by    a veterinary surgeon, after testing.. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to return    all test certificates. Regardless of the result  We can only  hope to keep this condition under    control if we have all relevant information available to us.

  Your co-operation is essential and will play  a valuable able part in overcoming the debilitating   condition in the breed we all love.  The Pharaoh Hound Club urges everyone with a Pharaoh   Hound to take part in this scheme.