Pharaoh Hounds – Feb. 18
Welcome to February’s breed notes, and with great timing, I have just been reading this month’s issue of The Kennel Gazette, wherein there is a ‘Personality Profile’ featuring Jill Peak. She has the great job of picking the Crufts Best in Show soon and with a neat set of links I can bring her into an interesting loop. Jill Peak is of course, famous for her Bayard Beagles but has also had a few other breeds such as Whippets and Dachshunds, but did you know she also had a Pharaoh Hound back in the mists of time? This was a bitch, Ch. Twinley Queen Zulah (spelt ‘Zula’ in the article) of which, she says, “I showed her for some years and was fortunate enough to hold the breed bitch record for sometime”.
This made me wonder what record this could be, so referring to my favourite ‘history’ book, I discovered that Zulah was the youngest Pharaoh Hound to get their Champion title in 1981, and for a time, was the Bitch CC record holder. Zulah was bred by Mrs Pauline Block in August 1980 (Serafin Ra Amun from Rylaine x Ch. Beltara Zingara of Twinley – also the first imported Champion). The ‘Beltara’ affix belongs to Mrs Rita Laventhall Sacks who celebrated her 90th birthday last Saturday. This lady imported the third Pharaoh Hound ever to the U.S., Twinley Queen Nemathap, thus founding what was to become a great line of U.S.-bred Pharaohs. Returning the favour, Mrs Sacks subsequently exported one of her pups to Mrs Block at Twinley Manor – Zingara. Mrs Block & Mrs Sacks are co-authors of The Pharaoh Hound (Denlinger 1977, 1983), my source for many historical references.
Mrs Pauline Block, sadly no longer with us, was one of the founders of The Pharaoh Hound Club in 1968 and the 50th anniversary is to be celebrated at the Club’s Championship Show on 3rd June 2018. Hopefully, many Pharaoh owners (pets welcome!) will come to Baginton, not just to show, but to join in the festivities and honour those who took such a lot of time and dedication to establish our lovely breed in Britain and beyond.
Lastly, I’m just in time to mention that the Best of Breed at Westminster KC, New York, was Simon Tien Hansen’s GCHB Bazinga A Storm of Swords with BOS for his GCh. Bazinga Bardaxxa The Dragonrider, who also gained her American title (owned by the Marchellettas). Congratulations to all Pharaohs and their folks on their Grand Day Out!