Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound


The Pharaoh Hound is an ancient breed of dog that has changed little since its development over 5,000 years ago. They were the dogs of kings and may have hunted gazelles with the pharaohs, hence their name. This faithful hunting companion later came to Malta, where it is now the national dog. Although they are purebred dogs, some may end up in the care of shelters or rescues. You don’t have to be royalty to befriend the Pharaoh Hound. Adaptable and affectionate, these pups make great family companions, even for novice pet parents and flat dwellers. Pharaoh Hounds delight their humans with their antics and love to make you laugh. However, they also have a sensitive side, and have even been known to blush. AniMall24 recommends a dog bed to give your medium-sized Pharaoh Hound a good night’s sleep. You should also buy a interactive puzzle toy to keep your pup active indoors.


Introduce your hound to many different people, sights, sounds and experiences, preferably from puppyhood. He can be sensitive to changes in schedule and stress, and an unsocialised dog has a harder time adapting to sudden changes. A properly socialised dog is a polite and undemanding dog that gets along wonderfully with strangers and other dogs.Pharaoh Hounds can get cold very easily, but can live in cold weather if kept indoors and wearing a coat on winter walks.Do not let your Pharaoh Hound run off leash in an unfenced area. It has a strong prey drive and will chase other animals for miles. Yard fences should be too high for him to jump or climb over, and preferably solid so he cannot see through them. Underground electronic fences will not stop a Pharaoh Hound with something interesting in sight.Pharaoh Hounds may do well in homes with other canines, but smaller dogs can trigger their prey drive – as can small pets, such as cats and rabbits – and some Pharaoh Hounds are aggressive with dogs of the same sex.Although hounds are not known for barking, the Pharaoh Hound is an exception. They bark when chasing prey, when they see intruders or hear an unusual noise, or when they are bored. They can afford to bark for a long time, usually when you are away from the house, which could cause problems if you live in a place with noise restrictions or with neighbours who might be disturbed.Pharaoh Hounds have a low to medium moult, depending on the time of year and the individual dog. The fine coat makes their skin vulnerable to rubbing, tearing and scratching.Coprophagia, more commonly known as faecal ingestion, is frequently observed in the Pharaoh Hound. The best way to avoid this habit is to pick up the poop immediately.Pharaoh Hounds require at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill or pet shop. Look for a reputable breeder who tests their breeding dogs to ensure that they are free of genetic diseases that can be passed on to the puppies and that they have a sound temperament.


The Pharaonic hound is an ancient breed originating in Egypt, and many reminders of its long history can be found in art and literature. An artefact from 4,000 BC depicts two dogs in the shape of the Pharaoh hound hunting gazelles; a dog resembling the Pharaoh hound was often depicted as the companion of kings and nobles in ancient Egyptian art; and a letter dating from the 19th Egyptian dynasty mentions a long-tailed red dog whose face shines like a god, a reference no doubt to the breed’s habit of blushing.From Egypt, the Pharaoh hound was imported to Malta by Phoenician traders. There they were called “Kelb tal-Fenek”, meaning “rabbit dog”, after the prey the local hunters used to catch. The breed prospered and became the official dog of Malta. The Pharaoh Hound was virtually unknown in the West until it arrived in England in the 1930s. The first Pharaoh Hounds were imported to the USA in 1967. In 1970 the Pharaoh Hound Club of America was founded and the breed was officially recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1984. The Pharaoh Hound remains a rare breed, but can be found all over the world, where people appreciate its unique appearance and personality.

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Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
Height: 21 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 45 to 55 pounds
Life Span: 11 to 14 years

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