Pharaoh Hound

Hound Group

Two Pharaoh Hounds on white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 21-24 in, Males 23-25 in

Weight

45-55 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The Pharaoh Hound is an ancient breed originating in Egypt. Depictions of Pharaoh Hound-like dogs appear in ancient Egyptian art from as early as 4,000 B.C. It is believed that the Phoenicians were largely responsible for the spread of the breed by introducing the Pharaoh to Malta about 2,500 years ago. Here, the dogs were used to hunt rabbits.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Pharaoh Hounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

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★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

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Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★


Energy Level

★☆☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★★★★


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Friendly, loving, and affectionate but can be independent and aloof at times

Can be sensitive to changes in routine

Coprophagia (stool-eating) is common

Love to bark- while chasing prey, when they see or hear something suspicious, or if they're bored

Intense prey drive- will not hesitate to chase an animal for miles

Sometimes struggle for dominance and are uneasy with dogs of the same sex