" Sighthound of the Pharaohs "
Ancient Egypt (
3,000 B.C. )
||45 - 55 Pounds
||21 to 25 inches to
Cost of Puppies:
||From $ to $ US Dollars
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and History of the Pharaoh Hound Dog
Hound originated in ancient Egypt and is a dog of medium size. It
was bred primarily to hunt gazelle and other
small game. It is no coincidence that the Pharaoh Hound's likeness in Egyptian art
so strongly resembles the Egyptian jackal god, Anubis, the Watchdog of the
Dead, in fact the Pharaoh Hound is the oldest domesticated dog in written
records, dating back to before 3,000 B.C.
Taken to Malta by traders (in antiquity), they are known there as the
"Kelb tal Fenek", due to the use of the dog there in hunting rabbits.
It is no surprise therefore, that in 1979, the Pharaoh Hound was declared the National Dog of Malta.
finally recognized by the Kennel Club of Great Britain in 1968,
and the the American Kennel Club in 1983, strange when one
considers that they are they oldest domesticated dog breed known to
mankind! Name Facts and Dog Names: This dog's name is often mis-spelt as
Pharaoh Hound Dog Names
of the Pharaoh Hound Dog and Puppies - Coat and Colours
The Pharaoh Hound's coat is normally a shade of tan, often with
minimal white markings.
Health information - potential health problems of the Pharaohs
All owners of dogs and puppies
are concerned about the health care of their pets and just as with
humans dog health issues arise from time to time. Resolving dog
health problems, including those of the Pharaoh Hound, can prove to be
costly and it would be wise to consider the benefits of obtaining
dog health insurance. Diseases in dogs may occur because of
trauma, infection, immune system abnormalities, genetic factors,
or degenerative conditions. Common health problems and questions
occur in relation to the Bones, Joints, Muscles, Nerves, Ears,
Eyes, Teeth and the Mouth. Other, more serious, issues can relate
to the Digestive System, Heart & Respiratory Systems, Immune &
Blood Systems, Reproduction and Urinary Systems. Potential health
problems of the Pharaoh Hound may be checked via the
Dog Symptoms Sorter, but
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
(abnormal development of joints referred to as CHD - Canine Hip
and Elbow Dysplasia)
Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
Please click the following link for additional
information which we have provided via our:
Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog
This describes the most common canine health problems concisely but simply without using medical jargon. A section on Dog and Puppy Vaccinations is also included offering information on each of the diseases, symptoms and effects for which immunization vaccines are available. Not sure of the name of the dog or puppy illness? A Dog Illness Symptoms Sorter is also featured. The Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems should only be used as an informational guide and when and if any dog or puppies health problems occur it is essential to raise any questions you may have with a Dog Health care professional.
of the Pharaoh Hound Dog and Puppies - Comparative Sizing Pictures
The pictures above allow for a
useful sizing perspective between an average man (Five feet ten
inches) or an average sized woman (Five feet six inches) in
comparison to the average sized Pharaoh Hound dog which we have
detailed above. These pictures are extremely important as they
provide an immediate and accurate visual representation of the
of an average Pharaoh Hound compared to the height of a male or
female - essential information but unique to this
site. Use the pictures to help to estimate the size of the
Pharaoh Hound dog to each the various growing stages of children.
Use the pictures to provide a guideline to the adult size of
Pharaoh Hound Puppies. The pictures will also prove to be
invaluable when comparing the sizes and heights of other dog
dimensions will vary according to the sex of the dog or puppy.
Girl dogs, or bitches, are on average, 2 inches smaller than boy
dogs. Another useful piece of information when considering
and Care of the Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed
require Little grooming. All dog breeds require a certain amount of grooming
and care is necessary to keep dogs and puppies looking at their best.
Grooming consists of not only brushing out the coat and bathing
but also giving attention to the eyes, teeth, ears, feet and
nails. A regular routine also ensures that any potential health
problems are identified as quickly as possible, especially
important in puppies and older dogs.
and Character of the Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed
Hound is a very sociable breed of dog, enjoying the company of other dogs
and humans, they are playful, inquisitive, intelligent,
affectionate, gentle, and good with children.
Pharaoh Hounds are quite vocal and make a good guard dog, barking at any
stranger approaching their home Territory.
The Pharaoh Hound belongs to the
Sighthound or Gazehound
group of dogs and this must be considered by anyone wishing to
own this ancient breed. They are excellent hunters, and like many sighthounds once the chase is in hand, not much else matters.
Unfortunately because of their strong hunting instincts, they will chase and
often catch neighbourhood cats if not firmly restrained, the Pharaoh Hound
can be highly trained ( easier in the absence of small fury things
needing to be chased ), indeed several Pharaoh Hounds have been highly successful in
competition in both the fields of obedience and agility.
Pharaoh Hound defiantly has a mind of its own, it will often
ignore commands until its ready, sometimes conveying the message,
"and what if I don't?". When severely chastised, a Pharaoh Hound
will habitually "grin" at you and blush. ( the insides of their ears
and their noses, normally pink, glow red ).
In short, the Pharaoh Hound is a wonderfully unique dog but
requires a very unique owner, if any of the above worries you, or you can't spend at least an hour a day exercising
a dog which has the craving to run at over 35 mph, don't get a
conditions and Exercise Requirements of the Pharaoh Hound Dog
dogs and puppies are best suited to living in the country because
they require a substantial amount of exercise.
Pictures reflect the Size of Adults - not Children and Puppies!
The pictures above allow for a useful comparison of sizes providing an
accurate portrait of the size of an average Pharaoh
Hound - essential
information but unique to this site. It should also be noted that
the pictures feature adults. The size of puppies are naturally
considerably smaller and the full grown size of the animal can
easily be forgotten when confronted with cute puppies! The slogan
" A dog isn't just for Christmas - it's for life!" was necessitated
by well meaning people buying puppies at the Christmas, unaware of
the puppies growth rate. The pictures provided make it extremely
clear exactly how small puppies will develop and whether it will
suit the life and living conditions of the family.
Puppies section, accessed via the Site Index, provides detailed
information about Choosing the right puppy, Puppy Training, Puppy
Care and Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development. We recommend that
the following considerations should always be taken into account
when choosing puppies:
- Purchasing, training, equipment, medication and feeding
costs of the breed
and Grooming time e.g. long or short hair
situation - time available and medical conditions such as allergies,
asthma or back pain
the Pharoah hound
Conditions for the dog breed - suitability for puppies
- child suitability
Puppy and Dog
Names - The Importance of choosing the right names
Expectancy of the Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed
expectancy for this particular breed is 11-14 years.
Dog Breed Information
As implied by its name the Hound has been bred to chase a
quarry by sight or smell, or a combination of both senses.
Sighthounds have exceptional eyesight, combined with the speed and
stamina necessary to catch the intended prey once seen, typical
examples being the Greyhound and the Whippet. Hounds which rely
strongly on the sense of smell to follow the trail of a prey, such
as the Bloodhound, quite literally follow their noses, speed and
eyesight is of less importance.
Characteristics and features have been introduced and strengthened
breeding from animals who already demonstrated the desired traits.
Breeding for appearance was only introduced in the 19th Century.
Before this time dogs and puppies were bred to increase useful abilities and traits
helpful for the duties they were intended for. Thus, the
various hound breeds were initially introduced to help man
according to specific requirements such as:
and running down small quarry
out and Driving game
this day and age only a few hounds still undertake these tasks, but
nevertheless, they still harbour the skills and characteristics that made
the original Pharaoh
dog breeding program successful.
Hound Breed Group of dogs differ in that some hunt by scent and
others by sight. Many hounds are kept in packs, in outdoor
kennels. Any dogs and puppies belonging to the Hound breeds require a
significant amount of exercise as they have high stamina levels
suitable for hunting quarry. There are some breeds in this group
who make a distinctive ' baying ' sound - invaluable information
should be considering puppies. The pictures above allow for a
useful size comparison providing an accurate portrait of the size
of an average Pharaoh
dog - essential information but unique to this
of other Breeds within the Hound Dog Group
The Hound group of dogs includes the Pharoah
Hound and all of
the following breeds:
Afghans, Foxhounds, Basenjis, Bassets, Beagles, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Borzoi, Dachshunds, English Foxhounds, Greyhounds, Harriers, Irish Wolfhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon
Vendeens, American Fox hounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds
and Whippets. Name Facts and Dog Names: This dog's name is often mis-spelt as Pharoah.
Pictures and information about all of the above Hound Dog breeds,
together with all other dog groups,
may be found
on this website via the following links:
Pharaoh Hound Dog & Puppies