The Pharaoh Hound is a medium-sized sight-hound with a muscular, athletic body. Its distinct features are the large and erect ears that move to listen for animals during a hunt, acting like radar that hones in on the target. A swift and alert hunter that hunts by scent and sight, the Pharaoh Hound has a blunt wedge-shaped head with amber eyes that gives an intelligent expression, flesh-coloured nose that blends with the colour of the coat and powerful jaws with complete scissor bite. The long, muscular neck gives sufficient support to the head. The body is longer than it is tall and features a long shoulder and deep brisket that extends down to the elbow. It has straight front legs and strong, muscular back legs supported by well-knuckled feet with strong, firm pads to support and cushion the body when moving. The whip-like tail tapers to a point and is carried high and curved when the dog is alert. The short, slightly harsh and glossy coat displays no feathering and comes in tan or rich tan colouring; white markings on the tip of the tail, chest, and slim white blaze on the face line are permissible according to breed standards
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Pharaoh Hound is thought to be one of the oldest dog breeds that exist today. However, experts who conducted DNA analysis of the breed revealed that the Pharaoh Hound is a recent construction, which was developed to bear a resemblance to the ancient breed, found in Egyptian hieroglyphs. This modern finding laid to rest the famous “Egyptian myth” regarding the Egyptian origin of the breed. In fact, the Pharaoh Hound was created into its present form on the islands of Malta and Gozo. Locally known as “kelb-tal fenek”, it was widely used to hunt rabbits using its sense of sight and hearing. It was first brought to the United Kingdom in the 1920s and was named Pharaoh Hound due to its striking similarity to the breed found on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs. In 1974, the Pharaoh Hound was officially recognized as the national dog of Malta. Today, this talented dog is not only used in its native origin as a hunter but also as a guard dog and a gundog.
The Pharaoh Hound is a bright, sensitive and naturally docile breed. It is playful and active; loves to give chase due to its hunting instinct. It is a light-hearted breed that loves playing with children but is typically calm when it is indoors. It goes along well with other dogs but it may have a tendency to be male-dominant. The Pharaoh Hound’s strong hunting instinct makes it very unsociable to small animals, particularly small house pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. Unfortunately, this breed does not make a good guard dog because it is rarely aggressive with humans and it is often timid. It does not bark excessively and will often bark only when it is absolutely necessary. This breed has distinct “blushing” characteristics; the nose and ears turns to rosy red when the dog is excited.
Training should have a consistent approach and the trainer needs to be understanding as the Pharaoh Hound is not too difficult to train. It is a sensitive breed and will respond poorly to physical abuse. He sees training as attention, thus enjoying it. Since he dislikes repetition, it is important to keep training short. Positive reinforcement such as praise food rewards and the like is recommended.
The short coat needs very little grooming. A quick rub with a hound glove or damp cloth is sufficient enough to remove dead or loose hairs. It is a clean dog with no doggy odour like other dogs but it should be noted that the Pharaoh Hound has a sensitive skin and may quickly get irritated by dog or human shampoo so it is best to use a mild shampoo when bathing the dog. Experts particularly recommend foods that include a blend of salt-water fish, poultry, lamb, avocado, wheat, or corn to the breed’s diet.
The average lifespan of the Pharaoh Hound is between 12 to 14 years. It is basically free from hereditary medical conditions, mainly due to the fact that it is somewhat unpopular and breeding it may not be profitable commercially so those who do breed them do it responsibly for the love of the breed. However, like most hounds that hunt by sight, this breed may be sensitive to barbiturate anaesthetics.
It should be exercised on a daily basis; an hour of jogging, running alongside a bicycle on-leash or long walks on-leash with occasional running is an ideal exercise routine. A house with at least a large yard is an ideal living environment for this breed. However, the yard must have a secured, tall fence because the Pharaoh Hound can jump high and will stop at nothing to go after its prey. Although it is very active outdoors, it will also do fine in an apartment provided that it is regularly taken out for daily exercises.
It makes a good companion, typically reserved with strangers but very loving and demonstrative towards its human family. Loves to play with children.
Can live with smaller dogs and small cats under supervision.