Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.
Your Pet, Our Passion.
Pharaoh Hound Mobile

Pharaoh Hound

The powerful, quick Pharaoh Hound is a striking, versatile dog originally bred to hunt rabbit by sight and scent. He is distinguished by a chiseled, wedge-shaped head with large, erect ears on a well-muscled body. Friendly and affectionate with his human companions, the Pharaoh Hound retains his playfulness throughout his life. Daily fenced or leashed exercise is vital for this active, athletic breed.

DID YOU KNOW? One of the oldest-known domesticated dogs, the Pharaoh Hound originated in Egypt in 3000 B.C. The Phoenicians brought the breed with them when they settled on the Mediterranean island of Malta, where the breed is recognised as the national dog. When the Pharaoh Hound is happy or excited, he blushes, turning a glowing, rosy color in the nose and ears, a trait unique to the breed.

ALSO KNOWN AS: Kelb tal-Fenek

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for experienced owners
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids
Pharaoh Hound

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Suitable for apartment living if sufficiently exercised, Not hypoallergenic, Good with children
  • Size: Medium
  • Height: Males – 58 to 63.5 centimetres, Females – 53 to 61 centimetres
  • Weight: 20 to 27.5 kilograms
  • Coat: Short
  • Energy: High
  • Colour: Chestnut, red golden, rich tan, or tan with white markings
  • Activities: Conformation, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Agility, Racing, Lure Coursing, Hunting
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor

Key Facts

Lifespan: 11 – 14 years
Weight: 20 – 25kg
Height: 53 – 63cm
Colours: The Pharaoh Hound comes in shades of tan, sometimes with white markings to the tail, chest, toes and face
Size: Medium
UK Kennel Club Groups: Hound

Ratings

Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 4/5
Easy to train: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 2/5
Likes other pets: 4/5
Energy level: 2/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 2/5
Pharaoh Hound standing in front of bushes

Personality

This is a sighthound, which means a degree of independent thought is to be expected, but also strong loyalty to family and close friends. The desire to hunt is strong, and the Pharaoh Hound has the staying power and stamina of the long-distance runner as well as the short-term speed of the sprinter. Care must be taken around cats, other small furry animals and livestock.

Unlike many sighthounds, the Pharaoh Hound is quite vocal at times and is also very sociable, enjoying the company of other humans and dogs.

Three dogs resting on the grass

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Malta

Well known in Malta and Gozo for centuries as a farmer’s dog, the Pharaoh Hound was originally known as the Maltese Rabbit Dog. In an attempt to give this dog a more noble title, the enthusiasts of the breed in the 1960s renamed the dog, noting that the Pharaoh Hound closely resembled depictions of houndlike dogs in the wall paintings and carvings of ancient Egypt.

Whilst there is no hard evidence that there is a genetic link, it is likely that Phoenician traders visited the Maltese Islands in ancient times, and there are a number of similar, true breeding types known in the Mediterranean region. Unusual and beautiful dogs have often been traded and gifted between nations and those that perform a useful function such as hunting would be highly prized, making this link quite possible.

did you know?

Did You Know?

  • When excited, the Pharaoh Hound blushes, their nose and ears will glow redder due to their lack of black pigment!
  • Pharaoh Hound’s are known for their happy smiling faces and can be trained to smile too.
  • Their large pointy ears are completely natural and stand up when they’re around 4 weeks old.
  • The first Pharaoh Hound to be shown at Crufts was Birling Zahara in 1970.
  • They’re incredible jumpers and you’ll need at least a 6-foot fence in your garden to keep them contained!

Finding a dog

Labrador lying next to the sofa
Finding a pet
Is this the right breed for you?
All dogs have their own unique personality! Try our Dog Breed Selector tool and find out which dog breeds better match your preferences and lifestyle.
Puppy walking next to owner on a lead
Finding a pet
Thinking about getting a puppy?
Join Growing Pup for help from our Purina experts on how to find the right puppy and prepare for your new arrival, as well as a discount off one of our puppy ranges.
Dog with red collar sitting next to the owner
Finding a pet
Finding a good breeder
If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Find out what to look for in a puppy breeder with this guide.
Dog with red collar
Finding a pet
Welcoming your dog home
While you're waiting for the big day you may need to distract yourself, so luckily there are a few things you need to sort our before you welcome your new arrival.
Dog with red collar lying
Adoption
It's incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organisation. It often means offering them a second chance at life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family and their forever home, but what can you expect from the process?
Dog with red collar looking out the window
Puppy advice
Everything you need to know
Getting a new puppy is incredibly exciting for all the family, but it can be quite scary for your new pup. Find out how to deal with everything from behaviour to health questions with our expert puppy advice.
Owner checking dogs collar
Finding a pet
Benefits of having a dog
It's known far and wide that dogs are man's best friend, but did you know that there's actually numerous benefits of having a dog? From helping you to get fit to meeting new people, your puppy can actually help to improve your health and social life. Keep reading to discover the benefits of dogs!