Breeds 101

Pharaoh Hound


Fossil remains indicate that hunting dogs similar to the Pharaoh Hound have lived in the Middle East for 5000 years, and around the rest of the Mediterranean for 2000 years.

They lived in some isolated places, such as the Maltese and Balearic islands.

The Pharaoh Hound is truly an ancient breed.

This dog is probably descended from the small, lithe wolf that inhabited the Arabian Peninsula.
Phoenician traders brought this elegant, dignified breed to the islands of Malta and Gozo about 2000 years ago.

The Pharaoh of today has a close resemblance to its Egyptian ancestors: noble, graceful, powerful and fast.

The Pharaoh Hound has rich red colour; and its unique tendency to “blush” with nose and ears turning a rose color if the dog is excited. This dog hunts by sight, sound and smell.

The Pharaoh Hound is good to use for hunting, companionship and obedience.

Medium to large; females 21 to 24 inches; males 23 to 25 inches.

Tan to chestnut, with white markings.

Intelligent, alert, active; playful, affectionate, sensitive, willing to please familly, good with children, reserved with strangers, some timid.

Energy level:

Best owners:
Active owner in a rural or suburban home.

Daily exercise ( two hours a day), fenced yard, leash, socialization, occasional brushing, soft bedding and warmth.

Life expectancy:
11 to 15 years.