Pharaoh Hound

Although the Pharaoh Hound expanded its origins in ancient Egypt, it was first brought into Egypt by the Phoenician merchants when they settled on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo while plying their trade of selling exotic spices. On Malta and Gozo, the breed has been preserved and is known to have existed for about 5,000 years. Remarkably, the physical features of today’s Pharaoh Hound are no different to those depicted in the tombs of ancient Egypt.


Average lifespan
This animal will often live up to 14 years of age.

Average size and weight
53cm to 64cm
20kg to 25kg

Care requirements

Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
The clean outline and beautiful colour of the Pharaoh makes every specimen something to admire. However, these dogs have an uncanny ability to ‘lose’ its hearing when called so firm training from an early age is recommended.

Compatibility with other pets
The Pharaoh Hound is an extremely intelligent dog that likes to be the boss. It is quick to assert it’s authority around other animals and careful supervision is recommended.

Care requirements
In order to keep the glossy satin-like coat in superb condition the hound needs to be fed correctly, be content in its daily life and have a clean, warm bed to sleep in. They are of the sight and scent hound group and therefore enjoy the opportunity to run and expend their surplus energy. This is not a breed to be confined to the house all day! Teeth, ears, and nails should be checked weekly.

Decision time

Ideal owners
The Pharaoh Hound is not a dog for everyone. With its extreme intelligence, special understanding and care is required. Potential owners must be prepared for regular and lengthy exercise session if this dog is to remain in top condition.

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