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.