Pharaoh Hound

Living up to their noble name, Pharoah hounds are medium sized with sleek short coats and erect ears. They are graceful and athletic in appearance with straight front legs and a long, whip-like tail. They vary in colour from light to dark reddish brown and are unique in the dog world in that when they are excited they blush! Their noses and insides of their ears turn rosy pink and everything!

Other Names
Kelb-tal Fenek (Rabbit Dog)
Country of Origin
Malta
Colour
This hound is tan or chestnut in colour maybe with some white on the chest, tip of the tail, toes or face.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Males measure 56-63cms; weigh 23-25kgs. Bitches measure 53-61cms; weigh 20-23kgs.
Health
The Pharaoh Hound is a relatively healthy breed, and the only consistent problem has been patella luxation, although no cases have been recorded for several years.
Life Span
12-14 years
Intelligence
They are intelligent and fairly obedient, one of the few hounds that, more often than not, will return to you on command. Training should be consistent and early socialisation is a must. They are highly trainable and indeed several Pharaoh Hounds have become highly successful in the fields of Obedience and Agility. The trouble with the Pharaoh Hound is that they think far too quickly for us humans to comprehend.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

The Pharaoh Hound is an undemanding dog to feed with no special dietary requirements; they generally have a good appetite and will eat what you serve them.

Feeding Cost
$15-$20 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Fairly inactive indoors, these dogs do require lots of exercise outside. Once on the scent of game they will run and run so you will need to make sure to train them well to come back when called. As they can jump reasonably high you will need to have an adequately fenced garden to keep this dog in.
Ailments
The Pharaoh Hound is a relatively healthy breed, and the only consistent problem has been patella luxation, although no cases have been recorded for several years.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

With its sleek, short coat, the Pharaoh Hound is easy to groom. They can be groomed using a rubber grooming mitt, which will remove the loose and dead hairs

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
None
Remnants of dogs similar in appearance to the Pharaoh Hound have been found in the Nile Valley, dated as far back as around 4000 BC. Around 1000 BC the island of Malta was colonised by the Phoenicians and their sight hounds. These dogs were in demand for their ability to hunt rabbits and became known as the ‘rabbit dog’, which is the Pharaoh Hound that we know today. The island became deserted of people but the dogs remained and bred amongst themselves for nearly two thousand years without any other dogs being introduced. Britain was introduced to this dog in the 1930s but they did not start to become accepted until the 1960s.


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