" Sighthound of the Pharaohs "
|Breed Origins: ||Ancient Egypt ( 3,000 B.C. ) |
|Breed usage: ||Hunting Dog: Small Game |
|Dog Weight: ||45 - 55 Pounds |
|Dog Height: ||21 to 25 inches to the shoulder |
|Cost of Puppies: ||From $ to $ US Dollars |
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Origins and History of the Pharaoh Hound Dog
The Pharaoh 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.
Pharaoh Hounds were 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 Pharoah.
Pharaoh Hound Dog Names
Description 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.
Dog 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 can include:
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia (abnormal development of joints referred to as CHD - Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia)
Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
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Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
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.
Description 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 height 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 breeds. The 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 puppies.
Grooming and Care of the Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed
Pharaoh Hound's 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.
Temperament and Character of the Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed
The Pharaoh 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.
The 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 Pharaoh Hound.
Living conditions and Exercise Requirements of the Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed
The Pharaoh Hound dogs and puppies are best suited to living in the country because they require a substantial amount of exercise.
The 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.
Pharaoh Hound Puppies
The 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:
- Budget - Purchasing, training, equipment, medication and feeding costs of the breed
- Convenience and Grooming time e.g. long or short hair
- Personal situation - time available and medical conditions such as allergies, asthma or back pain
- Exercising requirements for the Pharoah hound
- Living Conditions for the dog breed - suitability for puppies
- Family - child suitability
- Puppy and Dog Names - The Importance of choosing the right names
Life Expectancy of the Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed
The life expectancy for this particular breed is 11-14 years.
Hound 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 by 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:
- Hunting and running down small quarry
- Flushing out and Driving game
- Vermin Hunting
- Guard duties
In 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 Hound dog breeding program successful.
The 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 Hound dog - essential information but unique to this site.
Examples 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