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Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed Profile

Pharaoh Hound

Other Names
Kelb-tal Fenek (Rabbit Dog) 
Dog Group Kennel Club
Breed Classification
The Pharaoh Hound is a member of the hound group. They were originally bred as sight, scent and sound dogs and today are used for hunting and as companions. 
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
£4-7.50 per week
Feeding Requirements
The Pharaoh Hound is an undemanding dog to feed with no special dietary requirements; they generally have a good appetite. 
Other Expenses
The average purchase price of a puppy is £350. 
9 - 15 years
Pharaoh Hounds are a long-lived breed, with 14 years the average.  
Average Litter Size
The average number of puppies born in a litter is 6 – 8. 
General Physical Description
These medium sized, short-coated dogs with erect ears are very graceful and athletic in appearance. They vary in colour from light to dark reddish brown in colour. They are unique in that when they are excited they blush, their noses and insides of their ears turn rosy pink.

Height Min Max
Bitch 53cm (21") 61cm (24")
Dog 56cm (22") 63cm (25")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 20kg (44lbs) 23kg (51lbs)
Dog 23kg (51lbs) 25kg (55lbs)
Size Category
Weight Height Range
Dogs should measure between 56-63cms and weigh between 23-25kgs. Bitches should ideally measure between 53-61cms and weigh 20-23kgs. 
The Pharaoh Hound is a relatively healthy breed, and the only problem here in the U.K. was patella luxation, although no cases have been recorded for several years now. 
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
Remnants of dogs similar in appearance to the Pharaoh Hound have been found in the Nile Valley and dated at around 4000 BC. It is thought that before Egyptian times sight hounds were traded by the Phoenicians and they left them on isolated islands where they bred amongst themselves for hundreds of years. Around 1000 BC the island of Malta was colonised by the Phoenicians and their sight hounds. These dogs were valued 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 for nearly two thousand years without any other dogs being introduced. Britain was introduced to this dog in the 1930’s but they did not start to become accepted until the 1960’s. 
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.< 
Show Characteristics
The Pharaoh Hound should have a long, lean head with a wedge like appearance when viewed from above or in profile. The jaws should be strong and powerful with a complete scissor bite. The eyes should be oval and amber in colour. The ears should be medium high set, broad and large and carried erect. The neck should be long, lean, muscular and slightly arched. The chest should be deep with well-sprung ribs and an almost straight topline. The front legs should be straight; the back legs should be strong and muscular. The feet should be strong, firm and well knuckled. The tail should be medium set, relatively thin and carried high and curved when the dog is active. The coat should be short and range from fine to being slightly harsh. The colours desired are tan or rich tan with limited white allowed on the chest, tip of the tail, toes or face. This dog should cover the ground well and quickly with no apparent effort. 
Country Of Origin
Famous Examples
Records Held
Overall Exercise
> 2 hours per day.
These dogs require lots of exercise. Once on the scent of game they will run and run. As they can jump reasonably high you will need to have an adequately fenced garden to keep this dog in. 
Distress if Left Alone
Personal Protection
Guard Dog Suitability
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Tendency to Bark
Level of Aggression
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitable For Children


General Character And Temperament
The Pharaoh Hound is a reasonably independent dog that is loyal to its family. They have an inbuilt desire to hunt and have the staying power to keep going with or without you. Cats and other small animals are seen as prey to the Pharaoh Hound that hasn’t been socialised with them from an early age. The Pharaoh is not a dog for the faint hearted, they have a way of reading your next action and seem to be able to get there that little bit ahead of you. They can be fairly vocal, and being a very sociable breed really enjoys the company of other dogs or preferably humans. Not a breed suited to someone who has little time. 
Coat Length
Grooming Requirement
Once a week 
Requires Professional Groomer
The Pharaoh Hound is easy to groom. They can be groomed using a rubber grooming mitt, which will remove the loose and dead hairs 
This hound is tan or chestnut in colour maybe with some white on the chest, tip of the tail, toes or face. 
Suffers From Allergies

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