Pharaoh Hound Overview
While it is popularly believed that the Pharaoh Hound originates in ancient Egypt, records show this breed was actually created in Malta. It is believed, however, that ancestors of the breed were indeed in Egypt, then brought to Malta with traders. The breed was valued as a quick rabbit hunter as it was an excellent and fast Sighthound.
Pharaoh Hound Characteristics
The breed features a look similar to greyhounds, except for large, upright and angular ears. The ears and face much resemble that of the Egyptian gods depicted on tombs, with a long narrow snout and upright ears. The Hounds also have a long-legged body with narrow chest, great for quickly getting up to and maintaining speed.
Pharaoh Hound Temperament
Pharaoh Hounds have been described as quiet and standoffish, though they are very friendly and devoted to their owners. He is always alert and eager to chase, especially small animals. The breed can be quiet calm indoors, however, and is playful with the family, including children. Owners often say their Pharaoh Hounds have a sense of humor.
Pharaoh Hound Care
The breed lives on average 11 to 13 years, typical for dogs of their size. While there are no reported breed-specific health concerns, the breed may be prone to physical injuries if used in hunting. Proper veterinary care, careful breeding, and good prevention will help the Pharaoh Hound have a long healthy life.
Pharaoh Hound Coat
Pharaoh Hounds have a short, sleek coat that is easy to keep clean and groom. Brushing with a hand comb or other soft tools will help remove dead hair and stimulate the skin. The breed is relatively low shedding, but should still be groomed on occasion.
Pharaoh Hound Training
This is an intelligent breed and will quickly pick up on training tricks. The breed does well with positive reinforcement training. A natural hunter, hobbies such as chasing prey, running trials or agility are great ways to train with this breed.
Pharaoh Hound Activity
As a sight hound, the breed can be active but doesn’t always need a lot of exercise. Daily activity is needed, and should be done either on leash, or in a safely enclosed area as the breed has a tendency to wander off and hunt if left off-leash.