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Pharaoh Hound Breed Summary

Independent, Energetic, Athletic, Loving and Loyal

These dogs are discussed as being one of the oldest breeds in the world! In terms of their appearance they are very elegant and noble which has helped them to become a very popular breed. Additionally, they are also very loyal and friendly dogs which has also helped them to become firm favorites as family pets.

They are very energetic and need to be kept busy otherwise they will get bored which can lead to destructive behavior. For this reason, they are not the best choice for first time owners and need to be handled by someone who has experience of the breed. Additionally, they do better when at least one person is at home for most of the day as they are prone to getting a little lonely!

Fun Fact: They are said to blush and smile when they are happy!

Kennel Club Group Hound
Lifespan 12 - 14 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 23in - 25in, Females 21in - 24in
Weight Males and Females 45lb - 55lb
Coat Coats are Short and Glossy. They Vary and can be Anything from Quite Fine to having a Harsher Feel
Color Rich Tan, Tan, Tan & White Markings
Eye color Amber
Common health issues Hip dysplasia, Luxating Patellas, Eye problems, Skin Allergies, Bloat/gastric torsion
Other Names Kelb tal-Fenek (Rabbit Dog)

These ancient dogs are known for being both very independent but forming extremely strong bonds with their hoomans. They really love to be around people and also get along well with children as well. However, they are extremely high energy and so would therefore suit a family who already lead a fairly active lifestyle that that can easily slot into. For this reason, they aren't the best choice for a first time owner and need someone who has experience with similar breeds and knows how to handle and train them. They are also very quick to get bored and so need lots of daily physical and mental stimulation in order to remain happy. However, for the right family they have the potential to make fantastic pets!

The history of the canine race might be very different without the Phoenicians. These seafaring traders, from what is today Lebanon, sailed the Mediterranean 2,500 years ago doing a brisk business in luxury items. It’s assumed that the Phoenicians disseminated Egyptian hounds throughout the ancient world, as far west as Britain. The prevailing theory suggests that Phoenicians introduced the Pharaoh to Malta, where they were used as rabbit hunters. In 1979, the Pharaoh was named the national hound of Malta.