Pharaoh Hounds need little grooming and are generally clean dogs, virtually free from doggy odors. Bathing is only needed occasionally and, when selecting a shampoo, take into consideration that some Pharaoh Hounds have a reaction to insecticides. If you ever use a product on your Pharaoh Hound’s coat that causes skin irritation, stop using it immediately and change to one that is mild.
Even when showing a Pharaoh Hound, little grooming is required. A light brush (not metal or wire), a rubber or a sisal mitt will remove dead hair, then you can go over your dog’s coat with a hound glove to put the finishing touch. Hound gloves do vary, but a useful one is chamois leather on one side and velvet on the other. A good wipe-over with the chamois side, and then with the velvet one, produces a nice sheen on the dog’s coat and is good stimulation for the skin. In between baths, it can be useful to give your Pharaoh Hound a wipe-down with a damp cloth, but never leave a dog damp in cold weather or in a draft.
Bathing as needed is important for healthy skin and a clean, shiny coat. If you accustom your Pharaoh Hound to being bathed as a puppy, it will be second nature by the time he grows up. You want your dog to be at ease in the bath or else it could end up being a wet, soapy, messy ordeal for both you and your hound dog!
- Brush your Pharaoh Hound thoroughly before wetting his coat. This will get rid of most dead hair and debris.
- Make certain that your Pharaoh Hound has a good non-slip surface to stand on.
- Begin by wetting your dog’s coat. A shower or hose attachment is necessary for thoroughly wetting and rinsing the coat. Check the water temperature to make sure that it is neither too hot nor too cold.
- Next, apply shampoo to your Pharaoh Hound’s coat and work it into a good lather. You should purchase a shampoo that is made for dogs. Do not use a product made for human hair.
- Wash the head last; you do not want shampoo to drip into your dog’s eyes while you are washing the rest of his body.
- Work the shampoo all the way down to the skin. You can use this opportunity to check the skin for any bumps, bites or other abnormalities. Do not neglect any area of the body—get all of the hard-to-reach places.
- Once your Pharaoh Hound has been thoroughly shampooed, he requires an equally thorough rinsing. Shampoo left in the coat can be irritating to the skin.
- Protect his eyes from the shampoo by shielding them with your hand and directing the flow of water in the opposite direction.
- Avoid getting water in your dog’s ear canal.
- Be prepared for your Pharaoh Hound to shake out his coat—you might want to stand back, but make sure you have a hold on your dog to keep him from running through the house, and have a heavy towel ready.
Excerpt from Pharaoh Hound, part of the Comprehensive Owner’s Guide series, with permission from its publisher, Kennel Club Books, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Pharaoh Hound here.