The Pharaoh Hound is an ancient dog breed who has changed little since his development more than 5,000 years ago.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Pharaoh Hound.
Despite the name, they may not actually be Egyptian. Some say that traders from Malta brought them to Egypt, while others say that it goes the other way around. In 1979, Malta named them their national dog, and regardless of their origins, they are credited with continuing the breed.
Pharaoh Hounds are used in a unique style of hunting on Malta. Their quarry is rabbit, and the dogs are worked in teams to chase and corner the prey. They cover very rocky terrain, including farmers’ fields that are divided by walls made of stone. When the dogs locate a rabbit, it takes off, looking for cover in a den in the ground or a hole in a wall.
No better idea can be had of the pharaoh hound than that gained by looking at statues of Anubis, the dog (or jackal) god. The large, erect ears are a hallmark of the breed. The pharaoh is one of the most moderate of the sighthounds, lacking the exaggerated raciness seen in others of this family. Still, the breed retains greyhound-like features: long, slender legs, relatively narrow body, tucked up waist, slightly arched loin and long tail — but everything is less so than in a greyhound. Even the legs are only moderately angulated, indicating the build of a dog that combines considerable stamina with speed.
Pharaoh Hounds blush when they are excited! I’m not even kidding you. Their little noses and ears turn rosy reddish-pink. It has something to do with the pigment in their bodies. They don’t have a single bit of black pigment. Not even in their toenails.
Like all sighthounds, pharaoh hounds are chasers. They cannot be let off lead in an unfenced area without the danger of them running after something and into a roadway. Nobody ever accused a pharaoh of being an obedience wiz, or of having any ability as a watchdog or protection dog.
The Pharaoh Hound needs a good deal of exercise, but is so swift and agile and has such powerful chasing instincts that he must be allowed to run only in a safe, enclosed area. Otherwise he'll be out of sight in a jiffy, pursuing anything that runs.
7) Independent Temperament
Sighthounds are very different from other kinds of dogs. They are independent thinkers who don't particularly care about pleasing you. They may display passive resistance by bracing their legs and refusing to move. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
8) Not a Watchdog
Though extremely alert and quick to announce strangers, the Pharaoh Hound is not a guard dog. Indeed, he is both curious and cautious, hesitantly investigating new people, places, sights, and sounds. Early and ongoing socialization is required to avoid suspiciousness and build confidence.
9) Living With
The pharaoh hound is the prince and the pauper of dogdom. His early forebears lived in luxury as esteemed coursers and, later, hunted to keep themselves and their poor families fed. They appreciate the finer things in life, but can adapt to far less. A soft bed, a warm house and a daily run are among the things they consider necessities of life.
Indoors, the pharaoh hound is calm, quiet and clean, content to stretch out on your best sofa and sleep as long as you have given him a daily run or romp. He prefers to lie near you, but not on you. The pharaoh is sensitive and aloof and cautious with strangers. Few breeds can claim to match this breed's patience and gentleness with children, and they get along well with other dogs.