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Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh-Hound

Outgoing, playful personality

Calm, Gentle, Sensitive, Sighthound

Pharaoh Hounds are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Pharaoh Hounds, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Pharaoh Hound and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:21-25" Weight:45-55 lbs Lifespan:11-14 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
2

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Pharaoh Hounds are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their minds and bodies active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

Grooming: She has low grooming needs. Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Pharaoh Hounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Care

    Routine Care: Pharaoh Hounds are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their minds and bodies active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

    Grooming: She has low grooming needs. Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Pharaoh Hounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Pharaoh Hounds are people oriented and loyal. With enough exercise and a confident owner, they are gentle and loving family members.

    Positive Traits:

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    • Good with kids and other pets
    • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark
    • Outgoing, playful personality
    • Brave and ready for adventure
    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    Negative Traits:

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    • Easily bored and will find her own fun
    • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise
    • Sensitive, matures slowly
    • May have a tendency to bark excessively
    • Can seem stubborn
  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Pharaoh Hound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Pharaoh Hound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Pharaoh Hound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important concerns to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Pharaoh Hound could encounter:

    Cataracts

    Bloat

    Eye Problems

    Blindness

    Allergies

    Back Problems

    Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's)

    Distichiasis

    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

    Knee Problems

    Joint Disease

    Retinal Dysplasia

    Persistent Pupillary Membrane

    Mange

    Epilepsy

    Thyroid Disease

  • History

    The Pharaoh Hound has been found in records dating back to 3000 B.C.E., and is the national dog of Malta. They were bred for rabbit hunting and companionship. Pharaoh Hounds are graceful,powerful, and fast. They are eager to run but are laid-back in the home. Pharaohs are known for their characteristic blush, a reddening of the ears and nose, when happy or excited. They are highly intelligent, happy, and affectionate. Pharaoh Hounds have excelled in agility, obedience, and lure coursing competitions.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Pharaoh Hound shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a larger, tight, painful abdomen

    • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat
    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around eyes
    • Cloudiness to eye lens
    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
    • Bumping into objects, startles easily
    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
    • General reluctance to run or play
    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
    • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws
    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Dog Breed Guide Reference page.

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