Pharaoh Hound Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Pharaoh Hound with his elegant outline and distinctive tall pricked ears comes from the Island of Malta where he was taken by Phoenician traders around 1,000BC. The Phoenicians colonised the island, but later left it and the hounds, where they bred for two thousand years without human interference. Their hunting skills led to the alternative name of Rabbit Dog, and unusually he is both a sight and scenthound.
The Pharaoh Hound is a rich tan in colour, a smooth coat without any feathering; the coat is not sufficient to protect him from very cold weather and he needs to be warmly bedded and a weatherproof coat in winter.
The Pharaoh, though a born hunter who has plenty of energy, is relatively biddable and can be trained to obedience. He is one of the few hounds who can be relied on to come when called, though if he is on the scent of something particularly appealing he might be a little reluctant! His particular kind of intelligence responds well to training and he enjoys the challenge of agility, too. A medium sized dog at 53 – 56cm and weighing around 50lbs, he conveys a picture of elegance and power and alert intelligence.
As might be expected from dogs who conducted their own affairs for 2,000 years, they are fairly independent though show great loyalty to their own family; they thrive on company, whether it be canine or human. They are not a dog who is happy to be left alone and may well object by becoming rather vocal. As hunters they should be introduced to small animals – cats and other small pets – at an early age, otherwise they might be viewed as a snack.
The Pharaoh Hound presents a very balanced picture; there is nothing about his conformation that is exaggerated and he is also free from any significant health problems. He is not a hard work dog like some hounds, but does require ample exercise and stimulation, and will return the affection you give him generously.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Club for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.