AKC PuppyFinder: Pharaoh Hound Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Smart and alert; noble, but friendly and affectionate
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Playful and energetic sprinters outdoors, they settle down nicely at home
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: Yes
- Shedding: Infrequent
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Independent
- Height: 23-25 inches (male), 21-24 inches (female)
- Weight: 45-55 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
- Barking Level: Quiet
- Breed Description
The same traits the ancient Phoenicians prized in the Pharaoh Hound exist in the breed today. This a fleet and agile dog, with a keen hunting instinct and blazing speed. Pair that with his affectionate and playful temperament and he is an ideal pet for an active family. Your Pharaoh Hound puppy is friendly and eager to please. With training, he can grow up to excel in obedience, lure coursing and hunting. He'll be calm and loving at home and fly like the wind outdoors. It's important to have a fenced in area for your Pharaoh Hound: one hint of prey and he'll be gone in a flash. Graceful, intelligent and friendly, it's no wonder the breed has thrived through the centuries.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1984
Breed History & Job Description: The history of the canine race might be very different without the Phoenicians. These seafaring traders, from what is today Lebanon, sailed the Mediterranean 2,500 years ago doing a brisk business in luxury items. It’s assumed that the Phoenicians disseminated Egyptian hounds throughout the ancient world, as far west as Britain. The prevailing theory suggests that Phoenicians introduced the Pharaoh to Malta, where they were used as rabbit hunters. In 1979, the Pharaoh was named the national hound of Malta.
Pharaoh Hounds are generally a healthy breed. Good breeders will test their breeding dogs, and often their siblings, for the diseases that might crop up in our breed. This can include many tests and most often consist of x-rays for hip health, blood tests for thyroid, and veterinary examinations for knee health. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Pharaoh Hounds are healthy dogs.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Thyroid Evaluation
- Patella Evaluation
- Breed Club
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