Pharaoh Hound Breed
Medium-sized and of noble bearing, the Pharaoh Hound should be graceful, powerful, and above all – fast. Coat color can range from tan to chestnut to red golden, with white markings on the tip of the tail, chest, toes and on the center line of the face. A unique breed characteristic is their "blush" – when happy or excited, the nose and ears turn a deep rose color. Today, their willingness to please makes them excellent candidates for hunting, obedience and lure coursing.
One of the oldest domesticated dogs in recorded history, the Pharaoh originated in ancient Egypt as far back as 3000 B.C. The breed is thought to have been brought from Egypt by the Phoenicians when they settled on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. They are bred for rabbit hunting and are the national dog of Malta.
Intelligent, friendly and playful, the Pharaoh Hound is affectionate with its family. Extremely athletic, they require daily exercise, but should be kept in a fenced area, as they possess a great keenness for hunting and may try to chase after small animals. The breed’s short, glossy coat is low-maintenance.
- Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1983.
- Ranging in size from 21 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder.
- Rabbit hunter.