Breed Profiles: Pharoah Hound

Our friend Bella is a Pharaoh Hound, an intelligent, courteous, and athletic breed. They are tall, slender, svelte dogs that were originally bred to be a keen hunter of small animals. Because of their original purpose, the Pharaoh is not good with small animals. He will chase after them and view them as prey.
Indoors, the Pharaoh Hound is a calm, peaceful breed. However, they love play outdoors and run incredibly fast.

It is necessary for an owner to have a safe, fenced in yard because these guys are capable of jumping high and digging beneath fences. These athletic beauties require stimulating daily exercise.

The Pharaoh Hound is independent, sensitive, loving, and gentle. In some accounts, they are even described as having a sense of humor. They are good with other dogs, cats and children and make devoted family pets. With strangers however, they tend to be more reserved. For this reason, they are incredibly good watchdogs. This is not to be mistaken as being a good guard dog. The observant Pharaoh Hound will alert its owner to anything out of the ordinary.

DID YOU KNOW? This breed has a truly unique trait of “blushing” when excited. When this occurs, the nose and ears turn a rosy color.
Health-wise, Pharaoh hounds are generally very hardy; living between 11 and 15 years. They have few genetic health concerns, but are very sensitive to insecticides and medications. Their ears are very thin and are prone to frostbite in cold climates.
The Pharaoh Hound is one of the oldest domesticated breeds in the world. Dating back to 3,000 BC, they originated in ancient Egypt. They have changed little with time and bear an uncanny resemblance to the Egyptian jackal god, Anubis. Eventually, they were brought to Malta where they were bred to hunt rabbits and other small game. Today, they are the national dog of Malta.
Pharaoh Hounds don’t take to obedience training as naturally as many other breeds do, despite their intelligence. This is because they were originally bred to hunt and to think for themselves. With the use of repetitive commands, the Pharaoh bores easily. The trainer needs to keep training interesting and positive. If training is done correctly, they can learn new commands at an above-average rate and enjoy lure-coursing.

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