Pharaoh Hound

Breed History

Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound is a medium sized dog that comes has a slim build and straight ears. Easily one of the older dogs to ever have documentation around the world from any country.

One of the breeds that were one the pyramids made by the Black Ancient Egyptians. Phoenicians, who were migrants from East Africa, were the ones who took these dogs from Egypt to Phoenicia.

Dating back 4,000 years ago they were known to be on the seaports because Africans were doing a lot of trading for products because they are the resources capital of the world.

This is how they would end up in Malta and where they would receive their name Pharaoh Hound. Malta is the place where the breed would be in preservation and delicate care would take place to start forming their breed standards.

Rabbit hunters and they can also hunt other small game. Sizes of hound dogs are important because they can chase down prey due to their similar sizes.

Within the hound group they are broken into sighthounds and scent hounds. Falling into the sighthound category because they don’t have a strong nose like a Bloodhound for example.

In the 20th century they would begin to become imports to Europe and to the United States. Popularity is slower for them than other dogs, but they have been around for less time than the others.


In 1984, they would receive registration from the American Kennel Club. Recent timing for such an ancient dog but they have become an official member.

Top 170 in popularity they are at the bottom of the pack. They have a great chance to gain popularity in numbers, but it would be a long shot.

Hound Group by almost every major kennel club’s category. Here are the major kennel clubs and their breed standards.


Male Height: 23-25 inches

Female Height: 21-23 inches

Male Weight: 45-55 pounds

Female Weight: 35-45 pounds

Litter Size

6 puppies are the average litter size for a Pharaoh Hound. Breeders should be aware of how many puppies to expect and plan accordingly. Owners will take care of these puppies for at least eight weeks before selling them to a responsible owner.


  • Chestnut
  • Tan
  • Rich Tan
  • Red Golden
  • White markings are acceptable with this breed.


$1,000-$3,000 is the average price of a Pharaoh Hound. Prices vary depending on location, currency, supply, demand and other factors that affect the price.

Pharaoh Hound with papers are going to cost more money than a Pharaoh Hound without papers. Tracking their bloodline from their native until they came to the kennel club that represents your country will be present.

Without papers you will have no clue how many times the has been crossbreeding with other dogs. Quality of puppy is much lower, and you will not be able to sell any puppies for a commanding price. These puppies will cost around a few hundred dollars.


Take your dog on a long run or walk before you start each grooming session. Getting the dog in the right state of mind before you start is 90 percent of the battle and the other 10 is using a leash for nonverbal communication. Try this method and thank me later.

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Brush the dog at least once per week or every two weeks. Keeping the coat healthy is one of the best things you can do.

Combing the coat is not going to do anything due to the single coat that is short in length.

Bathe the dog once a month or once every six weeks. After a long walk or run the dog will love to get some cold water on them. Best way to make the dog fall in love with the bath quicker.

Cleaning the ears are important to prevent infections from occurring in the future. Dogs will shake their heads, scratch their ears, and a weird odor will develop when they have an infection.

Trimming the nails should happen during walks and runs daily, which we recommend. If you don’t run or walk your dog, which we don’t recommend, use nail clippers or get professional help.

Professional help isn’t a recommendation with this breed.

Life Span

12-15 years is the average lifespan for a Pharaoh Hound. That’s a long lifespan for a dog and owners should be aware of the time commitment they’re when they bring the dog home for the first time. Excellent dog to adopt due to their long lifespan.

Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia – hips are an issue for the Pharaoh Hound and their kennel club recommends getting a check around 24 months of age to determine the status of the hips. Whenever you try to exercise and the dog is showing signs of discomfort, limping, or favoring a leg take the time to get them to a vet immediately for an x-ray.

Thyroid – Pharaoh Hound have issues with their Thyroid when they become adults and some rare cases with puppies. Excessive appetite, huge weight gain, and a never-ending thirst will be signs that they dogs Thyroid is functioning improperly.

Eye Exam – different eye issues can affect your dog and you should take them to get an exam at 24 months and annually after that until they are 6+ years old. Cherry eye, cataracts, and glaucoma are all issues that will arise, and some conditions are mild with others being serious that can lead to blindness.

Patellar Luxation – kneecaps can slip out of place and become suffer partial or full dislocation. Again, the dog favoring the leg but jumping while exercising will show that are having some trauma in the area.

Breed Group

Proud member of the Hound Group and is one of the smallest ones in the group. All dogs in the Hound Group are known for either being a scent hound or a sighthound.

Pharaoh Hound is a sighthound and doesn’t have the nose capabilities of some of the other hounds like the Bloodhound. Nonetheless, they are something special in their ability to track down smaller animals like rabbits.

Here are some of the dogs in the Hound Group

Exercise Needs

Pharaoh Hound needs a lot of exercise to stay calm and display normal behavior. Never fall for the false narrative that you walk them to the mailbox once a week, let them use the bathroom, and they run in the backyard is nonsense.

Let’s remove my opinion and your opinion and let’s look at how the dog acts. If the dog is behaving, they are getting enough exercise and if they’re not then they aren’t getting enough.

Dogs need walks and runs outside of the house and when you don’t give them that undesirable behavior is coming soon. Too much excitement and energy is the beginning of a long list of problems.

Digging, barking excessively, jumping, hitting you hard with their tail, nipping and at some point, biting will start to occur. Without giving the dog an outlet, they will create one and that’s bad news for you.

Here is a basic recommendation we give our clients.

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

When a dog is young this is the highest maintenance time of dog ownership. They will need more runs and more two session days to keep their behavior in check. All of this is happening while you are training basic commands, house rules, backyard rules, and walking them on the leash effectively.

Adult dogs are when you can start seeing your hard work pay off. They are not full of energy because you have been exercising and naturally, they will show signs of decline in their older age. Runs will still occur but more one sessions for exercise will start to form with the dog on autopilot with training.

Senior dogs don’t need a lot of exercise and a walk once every other day will do the job!


  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every house should be built on a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than a daily exercise program. Changing the dynamics from no exercise to 365 hours, 1 hour per day, can be life altering. When the dog needs a lot of exercise 720 hours a year, or two hours per day, will do the job. Good behavior will increase, and bad behavior will be gone. Look at any homeless owner and tell me I’m making this up. Dog is off leash, around anybody going to the liquor store, social and listening always. No treats or extreme love was in need either only follow my lead.

Commands are good to get control over the dog off leash. Strong command of the dog regardless of the situation is what separates the rookies from the pros. Repetition in different areas will help your dog realize you want the same behavior in the house, backyard, and social time at the dog park.

Socialize the dog after a long exercise session. It is that simple and the behavior will improve and continue to improve. Before long rides, vet visits, dog parks and any other event give them an hour of exercise first.

Correct the dog verbally, on or off leash using the timing and follow through methods. When your timing sucks, so does your communication, and the dog won’t listen as good. Timing will prevent the whole thing from happening. After stopping them before the act make them sit or lay after every time. Now you are correcting like a pro!

Are Pharaoh Hounds Aggressive?

No, there is no dog that is born aggressive. There are bad dog owners that cheer on aggression or think that it’s cute instead of correcting the behavior.

Provide daily exercise and correct the dogs body language when showing aggression towards anybody. Ears up, tail up, hair up, and head up always gets a correction.

Let a professional train a dog that is already showing signs of aggression.

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