Pharaoh Hound

The Pharaoh Hound is a very old dog breed that remained mostly unchanged for more than 5.000 years. At one time in history, these dogs successfully migrated to the island of Malta, where they became the national dog.

It is believed that Egyptian pharaohs owned these dogs and used them for hunting purposes, mostly gazelles, so it is not a big mystery about where their name comes from. They belong to the primitive dog breeds and they make excellent family companions and pets. They are adaptable and friendly, and some owners have described them as having a “clownish” temperament. They will try to make you laugh and they are the only dogs that are known to blush. You can clearly see the slight redness or deep rose-color in their nose and ears when they are being petted or when they are excited.

Pharaoh Hound Height


21-25 in (53-64 cm)

Pharaoh Hound Weight


44-55 lb (20-25 kg)

Pharaoh Hound Origin



Pharaoh Hound Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-14 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

These dogs belong to the sighthound family and can sometimes bu stubborn and aloof, but they are mostly very affectionate and enjoy the company of people. They get along great with children and with other dogs and animals but should be supervised around smaller animals such as ferrets, gerbils, or guinea pigs as their prey drive remains strong and will most likely think of these animals as potential prey.

These dogs originated in warm climates of Africa so they are not the best fit for families that live in colder parts. If you do own a Pharaoh Hound in a cold climate, make sure that they are living indoors and wear warm clothes when they walk since they are prone to becoming cold fast.

These dogs are enthusiastic barkers and will bark at anything they think is suspicious. The only problem is, they think a lot of things are suspicious. They will not be a good guard dog because they are pretty friendly towards everyone but their barking traits make them great watchdogs. It would be a good idea to teach your Pharaoh Hound to stop barking on command.

Socialization and training

This breed can be pretty sensitive so training them needs to be gentle and consistent. They hate harsh treatment and if they are treated in such a way, they will most likely develop shyness and bad behavior. The best way to train these dogs is to use a lot of praise, treats, and positive reinforcement methods. Training shouldn’t be too much of a problem as they like to please their owners. Socialization should also play a big part in their life and should begin as soon as your puppy arrives at your home. These dogs can be pretty sensitive and if they are not properly socialized can grow up in dogs that are shy and timid. It is a good idea to expose your puppy to many different sights, sounds, situations, people, and other dogs as soon as possible. With proper socialization, these dogs will be the best possible family pets that will do anything to make your day and make you smile.



World Dog Finder team