Pharaoh Hound

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Is the Pharaoh Hound right for you?

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Other name(s): Kelb tal-Fenek

The basics:
The national hound of Malta, the Pharaoh Hound was developed to hunt rabbits-- creating a graceful, speedy-looking sighthound that can also rely on its keen senses of smell and hearing. Their noble, even aristocratic, bearing may have sparked the now-discredited myth that they were the dogs of ancient Egyptian pharoahs. These dogs can leap and have a desire to give chase, so you need to be an owner who can provide a secure fence as well as healthy exercise. You will also benefit from some experience with reward-based training.

Appearance / health:
The Pharaoh Hound is a muscular, athletic sighthound. The head is wedge-shaped and chiseled with a long arched neck. The whip like tail is thick at the base and tapers towards the end. The eyes are small and amber or light brown in color. Pharaohs have large erect ears. Pharaohs are unique in that they blush; the inside of their noses and ears turn pink when excited.

Pharaohs require minimal grooming. They are bathed only when necessary as this breed is clean with hardly any odor. Pharaohs are groomed once a week using a rubber brush to remove dead hair.

Pharaoh Hounds do not require miles of running every day, but they do require opportunities for exercise such as a long walk. If not given sufficient exercise, they may turn destructive.

Pharaoh Hounds are a very healthy and hardy breed but may tend to be allergic to insecticides, shampoos, and medicines. Coprophagia (stool eating) is also common in the breed.

Behavior / temperament:
The Pharaoh Hound is a reasonably independent dog that is loyal and obedient to its family. This breed has an inbuilt desire to hunt and is intelligent enough to find its own way.

Pharaoh Hounds are fast learners, and easily trainable but they can be sensitive. Know how to provide kind, consistent positive reinforcement.

Hounds can be vocal, and the Pharaoh Hound may irk the neighborhood by its incessant barking. However, proper training can reduce this tendency.

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