Height: 21-25 inches
Weight: 45-55 lbs.
Life Span: 12-14 yrs.
Breed Group: Sight Hounds
Pharaoh hounds want to please their owners and are very receptive to obedience
training, which should begin early. They can be timid if not socialized
with people, children, and other animals at an early age.
They are wonderful additions to families that can meet their needs for space,
exercise, play, and interaction. Pharaoh hounds can only be left off-leash
in secured areas because they will chase small animals. They can live with
cats, however, if exposed to them when young.
The pharaoh hound's coat is short and glossy, ranging from fine and close
to slightly harsh with no feathering. The color varies from shades of tan
to chestnut; white may appear on the chest (called a star), toes, and tip
of the tail, and there may also be a slim white snip on the center line
of the face. The dog's nose blushes when it gets excited.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Pharaoh hounds only need to be brushed once a week. These energetic dogs
need a lot of exercise, space, and owner interaction.
The pharaoh hound was brought to the Mediterranean islands of Malta and
Gozo from the Middle East by Phoenician traders over 2,000 years ago. The
pharaoh hound resembles depictions of the ancient Egyptian dog-god, Anubis.
Breed-related health concerns: cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club