The Pharaoh Hound is one of the oldest known domesticated dogs. His predecessor being the dog-like animal called the “Canis Familaris Leineri.”
The Pharaoh Hound had its origin in ancient Egypt and it is thought that the Pharaoh Hound was brought from Egypt by the Phoenicians when they settled on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo.
The preservation of the breed can be credited to Malta (and Gozo) where it is known to have existed for over 2,000 years, having survived in its’ purest form.
These dogs have remained unchanged from the original Pharaoh hounds that were depicted in ancient Egyptian tombs.
Graceful and elegant
Skull resembles a blunt wedge
Body longer than its height
Tail down when relaxed
21-25 inched at wither
Fine and short silky to hard
White marking on chest,toes,tail- tip- center of forehead and bridge of muzzle.
An active breed
Sociable with other dogs and people
Affectionate but sometimes shy
Not yappy and bonds wonderfully with people
Sensitive to barbiturate anaesthetics and prone to frostbite when in cold climates.
Life expectancy 12-15 years
Sensitive skin and prone to allergies with certain shampoos.
Very little shedding
Active like greyhounds but not hyperactive
Strong prey drive and independent
AKC recognized in 1983.
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