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Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed Info & Pictures

Medium sized with slender and well balanced lines, the Pharaoh Hound gives an impression of grace and power. The head is long and has a slight slope, and the neck is long and lean. The muzzle is wedge-shaped with a scissors bite. The eyes have an intelligent and noble expression. The body is lean yet muscular, with well-sprung ribs and moderate tuck-up. The fore- and hindquarters are strong and parallel. The tail is thick at the base and tapers at the end. The coat is short and glossy, with little to no feathering. Colors range from tan/rich and tan/chestnut with white markings. A white tip on the tail and white markings on the face (called the mask) are desirable, and flecking or other white is undesirable.

Pharaoh Hound Fast Facts

12 - 14 years
Egypt and Malta
50 - 55 lb
45 - 50 lb
23 - 25"
21 - 24"
Pharoh Hound, Faroah Hound or Pharoe Hound.
Kelb-tal Fenek


The Pharaoh Hound has a friendly, intelligent, and playful nature....

The breed bonds deeply with people and is quietly affectionate. The Pharaoh Hound is willing to please and easily trained, making the breed suitable for hunting, coursing, and agility trials. The dog retains speed and hunting instincts both by sight and by scent. Caution should be observed when the dog is near small pets. The Pharaoh Hounds intelligence and keenness makes the dog an excellent watchdog. However, the Pharaoh Hound does not make a good guard dog because it is rarely aggressive with people. The Pharaoh Hound is the only breed known to blush when it is excited, with the nose and ears turning rosy in color. Some Pharaoh Hounds may be timid.

Caring For a Pharaoh Hound

The Pharaoh Hound has sensitive skin and should be washed with human baby shampoo or gentle dog shampoo....

The breed requires little grooming, and a quick rub with a damp cloth will generally suffice. The Pharaoh Hound is a clean dog with minimal shedding. Daily exercise is a must, and long jogs or sprints in a field are ideal. One should use caution when letting the Pharaoh Hound off the leash because of the dogs strong hunting instincts. The Pharaoh Hound is a very good jumper, and fences meant to contain them should be higher than five feet. The dog does poorly in cold climates due to thin skin, and may need a jacket in the winter. Like many hounds, the Pharaoh Hound is generally free from genetic diseases but is sensitive to barbiturates.

Pharaoh Hound History

Breed History

The Pharaoh Hound traces its lineage to 3000 BC in ancient Egypt and is thought by some to be the oldest domesticated dog....

The dog bears an unmistakable likeness to the Egyptian jackal god Anubis, ruler of the underworld. Historians have learned through Egyptian paintings and hieroglyphics that the Pharaoh Hound was prized for its hunting ability and close relationships with its owners. Phoenician traders brought the Pharaoh Hound to the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo, where purity of breeding ensured that the dog today resembles its ancestors from thousands of years ago. The image of the Pharaoh Hound has remained remarkably unchanged from dogs depicted in ancient Egyptian tombs, such as the tomb chapel of Mereruwka and of Senbi.The Pharaoh Hounds name in Maltese, Kelb-tal Fenek, means rabbit hound, and the Maltese have long used the Pharaoh Hound in tandem with falcons to hunt rabbit. The Pharaoh Hound's agility and hunting ability have made it a perennial favorite among Maltese farmers for thousands of years. According to some records, the Pharaoh Hound first arrived in England in the early 1930s. In 1963, author Pauline Block brought her dog Bahri of Twinley to London. The Pharaoh Hound was first introduced in the United States in 1967 by Ruth Taft-Harper. The first litter was whelped in 1970. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed in 1983. Pharaoh Hounds became eligible to compete in the Hound Group in 1984. Today, the Pharaoh Hound can be found in many countries, such as Finland, Denmark, Scotland, England, France, Germany, Russia and Sweden but remains a somewhat rare breed.