Monday, December 9, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Egyptian Pharaoh Hound

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The Egyptian Pharaoh Hound was traditionally used as a companion for hunters from Malta. 

How the dogs ended up on Malta is a matter of debate. Some scientists say there is no DNA evidence for the breed being related to Egyptian dogs, others claim that the breed is related to domesticated Egyptian dogs with a lineage that can be traced to 3,000 BC.

Regardless of the breed's history, they are graceful, powerful, and fast. They make a pleasant companion dog who can be peaceful in the house and still loves to play outdoors. They need to live indoors with soft bedding and warmth.

The Pharaoh Hounds have a reputation for being naturally well-behaved and intelligent, but they like to chase things and should not be let off the leash. Even in a fenced yard, owners should be aware that the breed are excellent jumpers and can find a way out if it senses something interesting. They love children, but can be reserved around strangers.

A unique trait of the breed is its ability to blush when it's excited, giving the nose and ears a rosy hue.

The Pharaoh Hound needs little grooming, and the breed has an average life expectancy of 11-14 years.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. We have seen these before, very elegant dogs.

    1. I want to see one blush. I've never seen a dog blush. =D