Basics of Dog Breed: Pharaoh Hound

Posted on December 03 2018

Basics of Dog Breed: Pharaoh Hound

The Pharaoh Hound is a medium-sized dog that gives off a lot of nobility, both in appearance and pace. These are clear, fast, wide and easy. Purity of lines, elegance and power characterize the appearance of the Pharaoh Hound, which also asserts a particularly awakened expression.

Race history

It is in Malta that the race of the Pharaoh Hound developed, after the arrival of his ancestors on the Mediterranean archipelago around 1000 BC . It has the same origins as the Cirneco of Etna, the Podenco Canario and the Podenco of Ibiza, which were raised in Sicily, in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. The Pharaoh Hound was then introduced to England from the beginning of the 20th century . The breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) on August 9, 1963.

Physical characteristics

Its hair: short, shiny, thin and hard, never fringed.
Its color: reddish-brown to dark red-brown, with white markings at the tip of the tail, on the chest, on the toes and possibly on the center line of the face.
Its head: truncated cone-shaped. The skull is dry, well drawn and long, but slightly shorter than the muzzle. The stop is light, the truffle of color liver and in agreement with that of the dress. The jaws are strong and articulated in scissors.
Its ears: attached medium high, broad at their base, long, not very thick, mobile, erect when the dog is awake.
Its eyes: oval in shape, a little sunken in the orbits, amber, displaying a look full of vivacity and intelligence.
Its body: giving off an impression of suppleness and purity. The top line is almost straight. The silhouette is writable in a rectangle, the length of the body being slightly larger than the height at the withers. The rump is slightly inclined, the chest well down, the ribs well arched and the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: of medium high attachment, strong to its attachment, going in refining towards its end and having the form of a whip. Reach high and curved when the dog is in action.

Behavior with others

The  Dog of the Pharaoh  is a dog defined by a remarkable intelligence , vivacity and vigilance . In hunting action, he is enthusiastic, determined and attentive . The Pharaoh Hound fully exploits his sensory abilities to locate the game, including his fine nose and piercing eyes . Very attached to his master and his family , he is friendly, affectionate and always inclined to play.


The Pharaoh Hound requires a  firm education , but  without a balance of power . His need for activity means that he must integrate behavioral limits very early to avoid overstepping. At the same time, its sensitivity makes it necessary to incorporate a good dose of softness into its grip.

Living conditions

The cleanliness and discretion (he usually barks very little) the  Pharaoh Hound  it possible to adapt to city life , provided you offer him enough daily activities. He would be happier in a house with a large fenced garden than in an apartment.


The Pharaoh Hound is a particularly strong dog. He has good health and no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed. On the other hand, his short and thin hair makes him more sensitive to cold and bad weather than his fellow creatures with the most complete dress.

Maintenance and hygiene

The Pharaoh Hound is an easy-to-care dog , but he must receive daily care in his dress so that it is very bright.

It is recommended to  brush the dog daily  to ensure the shine of his hair, as well as cleanliness and that of his skin.

Physical activity

The Pharaoh Hound is a  very active dog that must be able to enjoy long and frequent walks . Boredom is a real torment for this sportsman who  likes to play and express his instincts of hunter.

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