The Pharaoh Hound has a life expectancy of 11 to 13 years.
The Pharaoh Hound is among the most ancient dog breeds. Egyptian sculptures, tombs and other artifacts dating back more than 3,000 years depict dogs with a strong resemblance to the modern Pharaoh Hound.
Some believe the Pharaoh Hound originated in Egypt while others claim the island of Malta is the rightful birthplace of the breed. Another theory suggests the Pharaoh Hound emerged in Egypt, but was then transported to the Malta by traders. In any case, the Pharaoh Hound was largely bred in Malta and was used extensively there to hunt rabbits and herd sheep and goats.
The Pharaoh Hound weighs 45 to 60 pounds and measures 21 to 25 inches.
The Pharaoh Hound has a short coat that ranges from fine to slightly harsh. The Pharaoh Hound is a moderate shedder and just needs to be brushed weekly and bathed when especially dirty. Like all dogs, the Pharaoh Hound also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Pharaoh Hound is lively and strong willed.
The Pharaoh Hound loves to play. The Pharaoh Hound is always ready and willing to take part in family activities or run around the dog park with their canine friends. The Pharaoh Hound is pleasant and cheerful. They have a characteristic blush that lights up their face when especially excited or happy.
The Pharaoh Hound has an independent nature and can be almost cat-like in their personality. The Pharaoh Hound can be aloof and distant one moment then nearly spastic with affection the next. With strangers, the Pharaoh Hound is especially distant. Although kind and gracious, the Pharaoh Hound is a devoted watchdog and is quick to sound the alarm at anything or anyone suspicious.
The Pharaoh Hound is highly intelligent and trainable as long as they are respected and treated as an equal. The Pharaoh Hound likes to be challenged and given tasks that require them to use their body as well as their mind. They learn quickly and can be great competitors in agility and lure coursing.
The Pharaoh Hound likes exercise, but likes play time even more. The Pharaoh Hound is athletic and fast, and can make a great jogging partner. At the very least, this energetic breed needs a daily walk and regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play.