This tall and slender breed of dogs hails from the land of pyramids, and as its name suggests, it had very close relations with royalty in ancient Egypt. It has been in existence for centuries and was used as a hunting dog due to its well-developed eye sight and sense of smell. Ancient artifacts have shown drawings of the Pharaoh Hound being a companion of the Royal family. It was later taken to the island of Malta whereby it continued to gain popularity and was even named Kelb Tal-Fenek or Kelb tal fennec meaning a rabbit dog. They have now become the national dogs of Malta and even have their face embossed on their coins.
The Pharaoh Hound is tall standing at a height of 21 – 25 inches and slender weighing 40 – 55 pounds. They have an athletic body that is slender and well formed. It has a long body, and its underbelly makes an inward arch from the chest towards the hind legs. It has straight front legs that give it a majestic stature and its long neck only adds to its towering appearance. It has a slender face that is consistent to its pointed muzzle. It has big leaf-like ears that stand erect at the top of its head. It has a consistent light tan color on the rim of its mouth, eyes, nose and inside its ears. Its yellow eyes are oval shaped and small. It has a straight back, and its tail is long and curved.
This dog breed is tranquil and intelligent. It blonds well with family and gets along with children. It has a distinct pleasant smile when it gets excited that will be noticed in its eyes and nose. It tends to be an independent thinker probably due to its natural instincts of being a hunter. It is a well behaved obedient dog that is easy to train. They are good athletic sprinters but not built for long distance.
They are highly emotional dogs and will require a peaceful environment for them to remain stable. They are comfortable living in an apartment as long as they get their daily exercise. It enjoys the close presence of its family and will prefer being indoors most of the time. When taking it for a walk, it should always be on a leash lest it strays to chase other smaller pets.
They are generally a health breed and hardly suffer from the common dog diseases. They may show symptoms of allergies to some medicine and food. They have a general life expectancy of about 14 years
The Pharaoh hound should be fed on high-quality diet full of all the necessary nutrients. The amount of food served is dependent on their size and level of activeness. Despite being slender, one should not be fooled into overfeeding them as this is their natural form.
Coat, Color and Grooming
They have a thin coat that is red in or tan in color. It has short hair that is slightly hard to touch. They don’t have a dog smell hence don’t need regular washing. A regular brush will be sufficient to maintain the coat.
With family and other pets
They are sociable dogs and show great affection to children. Due to their hunting instincts, they should not be trusted with smaller pets unless they have been socialized with them.