The origins of the Pharaoh Hound is subject to much conjecture, legends stating that these dogs were used by Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt to help hunt gazelle. True or not, Pharaoh Hounds are held in high esteem, especially in Malta where they bask in the glory of being the national dog. Appearance wise, these dogs are extremely athletic and muscular in build, however still maintain a distinct level of grace. Despite this powerful appearance, Pharaoh Hounds are very affectionate and loving towards their families. Great companion dogs, Pharaoh Hounds are one of the few breeds who visibly blush when they get excited or happy, further adding to their endearing nature.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Although highly adaptable and therefore comfortable with apartment living, Pharaoh Hounds are not for the faint of heart. Extremely outgoing and bursting with energy, these dogs require at very least an hour of exercise each day to remain physically and mentally at ease. As such, potential owners that do not have the time to fulfil these exercise needs should consider other breeds. Surprisingly to some, Pharaoh Hounds are very fond of children of all ages, and so families with young kids need not be discouraged. At times however they do still exhibit a strong prey drive, and so if not socialised at a young age can pose a risk to smaller household pets. Their short coat also means that they do get cold rather easily, and so those living in chilly climates should consider this before adding a Pharaoh Hound to their family.
Common Health Issues
Anesthesia Sensitivity, Allergies.