The Pharaoh Hound is an elegant, athletic hound breed that requires plenty of exercise. They are very fast and have a strong instinct to hunt but make good companions for active humans.
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Finding a Pharaoh Hound
- Wedge-shaped, chiseled head
- Medium, muscular build
- Long neck and face
- Small light brown or amber eyes
- Very large ears that stand erect
- Long, tapered tail
- Flesh-colored nose, lips and eye rims
- Coat: Short, smooth hair; comes in tan or chestnut; may have white markings on feet, tail tip, chest and face
- Height: 21-25 inches
- Weight: 45-55 pounds
- Average lifespan: 12-14 years
- Intelligent, somewhat independent, loving, exuberant, well behaved, but not quiet
- Interaction with people: Good with children, good companion dog; can be reserved around strangers
- Interaction with animals: May be dominant toward male dogs. Don't leave alone with rabbits, cats and other small non-canine pets. Intense hunting drive.
- Training: Easily trained; early socialization can prevent timidity
- Generally healthy
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Not recommended for apartments
- Needs large, fenced-in yard
- Likes to chase things - keep on leash except in enclosed area
- Needs frequent, long runs, but only in enclosed areas or on a leash as the have an intense hunting drive.
- Average shedder
- Remove loose hair with rubber brush
- No dog odor
- Officially declared Malta's national hound in 1974
- First Pharaoh Hound litter was whelped in the U.S. in 1970
- In Malta, it is known as Kelb Tal-Fenek, which translates to "dog of the rabbit"
- Featured on the reverse of Maltese lira coins minted in 1977
- This breed "blushes" when excited: its ears and nose redden
- Estimates place origins at around 4000 to 3000 B.C.
- One of the oldest domesticated dog breeds in the world
- Phoenician traders brought the Pharaoh Hound to Malta from Egypt more than 2,000 years ago
- Egyptian artifacts indicate royal pharaohs treasured this breed as a hunter and loyal companion
- Imported to England and U.S. in the 1960s