Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Malta
Group: Sighthound
Height: 21-25 in.
Weight: 40-60 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: may chase small animals

What is the origin of the Pharaoh Hound?

Once thought to come from Egypt, the Pharaoh Hound is native to Malta and rarely seen elsewhere. Used in rabbit hunting, it’s name in Malta, Kelb tal-Fewek, means “rabbit hound.”

What does the Pharaoh Hound look like?

Pharaoh Hounds are 21-25 inches tall and weigh 40-60 lbs. depending on gender. Ears are large and carried erect. Eyes are amber-colored. The nose is black. When excited, ears and nose turn bright pink. The tail is whip-like. The coat is smooth and short and lies flat. Colors are shades of red, shades of tan to chestnut, sometimes with white markings. Grooming need is occasional brushing.

What is the temperament of the Pharaoh Hound?

Pharaoh Hounds are loving, sensitive dogs. They can be stubborn and should be trained with a positive, calm manner. They are good with children and other dogs. However, since they are hunters, they may see small animals as prey and give chase. Pharaoh Hounds bond closely with their family but may be wary of strangers. They want to be part of family life and are not happy living outdoors. They love to run, but be sure to unleash them in a secure area. They need long daily walks.

What is the Pharaoh Hound used for?

While not aggressive they will bark and alert you to anyone approaching the house. They compete in agility and coursing. Pharaohs are loving, loyal family companions.

Possible Health Issues

Joints and thyroid should be evaluated and certified positive or negative

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