Illustration of Pharaoh Hound

Venerated by the ruling dynasty of Egypt, the Pharaoh Hound can be seen on their ancient Egyptian tombs. Indeed mummified dogs found in the tombs bear a remarkable resemblance to the modern Pharaoh. The breed was, however, native to Malta where he was used for hunting rabbits. It is thought Phoenician sailors took dogs with them on their travels and reached Egypt where he gained his nomenclature. The Pharaoh hound is relatively new to the UK appearing here in the 1970s.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Hound Breed Group

Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.

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