Pharaoh Hounds – a Royal Pet

The Pharaoh Hound is a beautiful mixture of elegance and strength. It is tan-red in color. The dog appears tall and sleek. Most weigh between 40 to 60 pounds. The ears are long, and almost always at attention. The breed is generally very healthy, attributed to a relatively small amount of commercial breeding. In layman's terms, we have not ruined it yet by breeding bad traits into the breed. The Pharaoh Hound actually blushes at times. This is mostly seen in the ears. They turn a darkish red tint when blushing. Very similar to humans. The Pharaoh Hound is said to have originated in Egypt. The likeness of these dogs was found in numerous early Egyptian paintings. They were owned by the rulers of Egypt, a status symbol,of that time. Today the breed is most prevalent in Malta, a nation located in the Mediterranean. It is the national dog of Malta. The breed made it to Britain and the United States around 1960. This dog is still considered rare in the U.S. The Pharaoh Hound is both a sight hound and hunting dog. It is blessed with incredible vision, a trait that enables it to be a good hunter. These qualities can however be a hindrance when considering one for a pet. They need to be closely watched, so they do not chase small animals. With proper handling, the dog can be broke from this built in habit. The problem tends to be that the dogs in the sight hound group grow weary of repetition training. This means that Pharaohs are better suited for owners who have owned numerous pets. They do get along well with kids. This breed is loyal, and loving. It does require a fenced in yard for exercising. It can be leash trained, but will always appreciate a good run. Pharaoh Hounds have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. The breed is very sensitive to certain chemicals, probably due to a combination of high metabolism and very little body fat.