Pharaoh hound dog

Pharaoh Hound

They are a somewhat goofy and clownish breed. They are incredibly entertaining.



About Pharaoh hound

Like all sighthounds, the Pharaoh Hound is not what one would typically call a cuddly dog. However, they are an incredibly affectionate dog with their owners. The breed may be aloof, particularly with strangers. Still, in terms of their own family, they usually get very connected to at least one person, and that is the person that they probably exhibit the most affection for. Another interesting thing about the Pharaoh hound is when they become excited or pleased with something, they are known as a dog that blushes.

So, their faces, the insides of their ears, and their chest area will all flush a bright red color. So, they’re called the blushing dog. Pharaoh Hounds are also incredibly good, typically, with children. Cats may be a different story. Animal aggression with a Pharaoh Hound is rare. However, they do have an innate instinct to hunt and to chase. So, unless your Pharaoh Hound is raised from a very young age around cats, you would need to use a lot of exercises, a lot of caution when introducing a Pharaoh Hound, particularly an older Pharaoh Hound to cat.

They are a somewhat goofy and clownish breed. They are incredibly entertaining. When they get excited, they also smile and will show you all their teeth when they’re excited or happy to see you. They are a very smart and goofy, clownish sort of breed. pharaohs are unlike any other breed, and I’ve had a lot of different breeds of dogs. these dogs are unique in their characteristics, in their personalities, and they’re an incredibly special, special breed.

Pharaoh Hound History

The Pharaoh Hounds were imported initially by Phoenician traders onto the island of Malta. And, that is where they originally became known. The use for the Pharaoh Hound, and what they originally used for, was for rabbit hunting. And, their actual name on the island of Malta, is Kelb tal-Fenek, which means the rabbit dog. The American Kennel Club, the parent club, which is the Pharaoh Hound Club of America. That is the only club recognized by the AKC in terms of the Pharaoh breed, established the standard for the Pharaoh Hound.

In terms of the history of the Pharaoh Hound, there’s a bit of controversy. You ask Pharaoh Hound owners, and they’ll tell you, that the Pharaoh Hound is the oldest documented breed of domesticated dog. And is found within tombs in Egypt, and depictions of the Pharaoh Hound can be found there. In terms of connection of the Pharaoh Hound to other hound breeds, they are all somewhat related. The Saluki, for instance, is another ancient hound breed that is a sighthound, as well as the Greyhound. In terms of the exact genetic relationship, or if one came from the other, that’s pretty much unknown.



Sighthounds versus scent hounds, it’s a designation of what that particular hound uses as its primary hunting source. So, a sighthound is a hound that hunts by sight. Versus, for instance, a Bloodhound, which is a scent hound, and hunts primarily based on scent. The Pharaoh Hound is considered both sight and scent hound.


Size & Weight of Pharaoh Hound

The standard in terms of heights for males would be 23 to 25 inches in height. And, for females, it would be 22 to 24 inches in height. Weight ranging probably, between 35 pounds for a small female to 55 pounds for a male at the top of the standard.


Pharaoh Hound Standards

Interestingly in the Pharaoh Hound standard, there are no disqualifications in terms of height and weight. Except for the only disqualification under the American Kennel Club is any Pharaoh Hound that has a solid white mark on the back of its neck or its side. The gene that carries white markings within the breed, if that gets overbred and the white spreads too far, it deviates too much from the standard. In terms of this AKC standard with respect to the head and specifically the ears, the ears should upright. They are not cropped; they are natural ears. and they should be held erect, not to the sides, giving it a Yoda type look, which is undesirable, and not too closely held together. But, upright and erect.


Ideal Owners

The right personality for a Pharaoh Hound owner is somebody who’s fairly active. Pharaoh Hound is not a dog that’s going to be content being housed inside 23 hours out of the day or laying around on the couch. They are an active, busy breed.

The one thing in terms of having a Pharaoh Hound as a pet that all potential pet owners should know is that the Pharaoh Hound is a very vocal breed. If you are close to neighbors, or if you are out for extended periods, the Pharaoh Hound may not be the right pet for you. Because they are a very vocal breed, and they will bark both at their displeasure and for pleasure. So, my trick is when, every Pharaoh Hound that I’ve gotten. The first trick that I’ve taught my Pharaoh Hounds are to speak on command. So that I was able to turn that then off and not reward that behavior when I didn’t ask for it. But, they are a very vocal breed.

Another issue that Pharaoh Hound owners should be aware of is within the Pharaoh Hound community. We all know what the phrase counter-surfer means. And, that is because Pharaoh Hounds are notorious for stealing food off kitchen counters. And, they do it with amazing stealth and amazing efficiency.

Ideal Home

The ideal home for the Pharaoh Hound is a home that has a backyard that needs to be completely fenced. The Pharaoh Hound Club of America recommends that Pharaoh Hounds have a backyard with no less than a six-foot fence because Pharaoh Hounds can scale anything lower than that. So, that’s the ideal home.

They certainly can live in an apartment or a condominium. With no backyard, it’s going to increase the amount of activity that you’re going to have to do outside of the home.

Socialization & Training

The socialization for the Pharaoh Hound, particularly at a young age, is essential. So, socialization of the Pharaoh, particularly at a young age, is absolutely essential. They’re a sighthound, which means they can be aloof. If they’re not socialized at a young age, meeting strangers, going to new places where there are different sounds and sights and noises, is really going to potentially give you a dog that is skittish, or standoffish. Which we don’t want, the Pharaoh breed standard says the dog should be affectionate and friendly. The best way to accomplish that is early socialization.

In terms of training, the Pharaoh breed is incredibly easy to train. Partly because they are an incredible food motivated dog, which always makes training easier; however, they’re also a stubborn dog and can be unpredictable at times. That’s why we never recommend that Pharaoh Hounds are off-leash in an area that’s not completely enclosed. I can’t stress enough, and they are not an off-leash breed because no matter how well trained your Pharaoh may be, they are sighthounds if they spot something a quarter of a mile down the road. That you may not even see, and they’re off-leash, no matter how well trained. If that Pharaoh dog decides it’s going to go after whatever it’s spotted, the dog won’t come back. So, it’s very dangerous for the dog.

So, they are not an off-leash breed unless they’re in a contained environment. They are very trainable, however, with a small stubborn streak, and a wide, mischievous streak.

Exercise Needs 

They need to exercise, they need plenty of activities, they need to be active. If you don’t give them that kind of activity, their frustration will manifest itself in chewing and other destructive behaviors. So, the Pharaoh dog breed is a breed that needs a fair amount of exercise, and it’s certainly not a couch dog or a lap dog. There are many activities that the Pharaoh dogs can engage in, not only dog show, or confirmation. But also, typically compete in lure coursing events where they’ll be out on the field, and they chase after a simulated rabbit. Great exercise for them, and also obviously employs their natural hunting instinct.


Health Problems

In terms of the health of the Pharaoh Hound, the breed that has been very lucky in terms of genetic diseases. They are a very healthy breed, not subject to a lot of genetic issues. We do see cancer at times in the breed. And there are other issues. But, no serious genetic issues that pop up with a lot of frequency.

Interesting fact

Another interesting fact about the Pharaoh dog in terms of its use for hunting. And recognition in the breed standard is a white tip on the tail of the Pharaoh is considered desirable. That is believed to be because they would go out and hunt, and it was on very rocky and cavernous terrain. However, the Pharaoh farmers who used them for rabbit hunting would be able to see when they had spotted a rabbit because their head would go down. Their tails would go straight up in the air, and they would see the white tail tip on the Pharaoh Hound. It’s also rumored that farmers used Pharaoh Hounds with actual ferrets when hunting. When the Pharaoh Hound would chase the rabbit, and the rabbit would go into a hole, they would then send in the ferret to flush the rabbit out.

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