Pharaoh Hound - A medium size dog.
The Pharaoh Hound - A Sighthound from ancient history
The Pharaoh Hound
can lay claim to being one of the oldest breeds, dating back some 3,000 years to the time of the Pharaohs in Egypt, the country of its origin. The breed's resemblance appears on tomb carvings. Quite likely the breed was used as the model for the creation of the dog-god Anubus of Egyptian mythology whose task was to escort the souls of the dead into the afterworld.
It is thought that the ancient Phoenicians, renowned traders and seafarers in that part of the world, brought the Pharaoh Hound
to the island of Malta and Gozo, before the birth of Christ. There, they were used to hunt rabbits and were known as Kelb-tal Fewek
, the rabbit dogs. Only the best hunters were used in breeding programs. Their success is conspicuous by the fact that the dogs of today closely resemble their Egyptian ancestry. The Pharaoh Hound is so highly regarded in Malta, that a silver coin was minted there in 1979, honoring the event of the breed being declared the National Dog of Malta.
The breed was brought to Britain in the 20s, but didn't receive any notice until it was reintroduced in the 60s. It was named the Pharaoh Hound because of its likeness to the ancient hounds. A specialty club was formed for the breed in 1968 and soon after, official breed status was granted by the Kennel Club (England). In 1978, the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) added the Pharaoh Hound to its registry. In the mid 1980s, the American Kennel Club (AKC) followed suit.
Male: 23-25 in. (58.4-63.5 cm).
Female: 21-24 in. (53.3-60.9 cm).
Weight: 45-55 lbs. (20.5- 25 kg).
Grooming: Minimal, once per week.
Watchdog: Very good.
Protection: Low - Too friendly!
Other Name: Kelb-tal Fewek
Life Expectancy: 11 - 14 years.
This medium size dog is a very keen hunting dog and a passionate chaser, loving to run. It is classified as a gazehound, or sighthound, one that hunts by sight, but it also hunts by scent. It is intelligent, trainable, gentle, affectionate and very good with children. It is also quite friendly towards other dogs, but probably would chase strange animals. It has an unique characteristic of "blushing" when excited, with the ears and nose turning a rosy color. A Pharaoh Hound puppy
should be well socialized and have some formal obedience training before being allowed to run. The Pharaoh Hound is an indoors dog, wanting to be close to its family, an easy keeper. It needs only occasional grooming, brushing, to rid it of dead hair. It is an odorless dog. It does not tolerate the cold very well and appreciates a warm soft padded bed. The breed is very healthy, with no known major or minor concerns. If a Pharaoh Hound puppy
is of interest, patience is necessary in locating a breeder with puppies. While you are waiting, it is suggested that you get a Pharaoh Hound breed book
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