Pharaoh Hound


Alert, Intelligent, Trusting
Size: Large
Height: 53-63,5 cm
Weight: 20-25 kg
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Coat: Shorthair
Colors: Rusty brown, Dark rusty brown, White spots on tail tip, chest, toes
FCI Group: Spitz and primitive types

The Pharaoh Hound comes from Malta. The animals have an extremely high urge to move and are very agile. Therefore, these dogs used to be used for hunting rabbits. Therefore, he is not a dog for lazy mistresses and masters.

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The Pharaoh Hound is a belongs to the large breeds. The males grow between 56 and 64 cm. The females reach a size between 53 and 61 cm. The average weight of the Pharaoh Dog is 25 kilograms. Its life expectancy is about twelve years.

He is one of the Hunting and sighthounds. The exterior of the pharaoh dog resembles an image of Anubis, an Egyptian deity. He has a long elegant physique. His large, pointed standing ears are usually attentive forward and upward.

The coat of the pharaoh dog is reddish colored. The color shading ranges from light to dark rust brown. Its Eye color is amber. Sometimes the pharaoh dog White coat features on, for example, the chest or the tip of the tail. His tail is long and thin. The short coat of the Pharaoh Dog is shiny and feels fine and dense.

Pharaoh dog is a very proud and graceful animal. He can move very fast and light-footed. At the same time, he always remains alert. He exudes a noble, proud and strong attitude.

This breed has a very lively and sensitive Character. She needs much movement. At the core of his being, the Pharaoh Dog wants to run and hunt. He is a excellent sprinter. At the same time, he has great agility. To perceive its environment, the animal uses not only the nose. The Pharaoh Dog also experiences its environment by seeing and hearing.

His urge to move is sometimes so strong that it can be difficult for you to satisfy it. It is not without reason that Pharaoh Dogs often participate in dog races. Therefore, an unused Pharaoh Dog can sometimes be restless and whine.

However, he is a quiet quadruped if you sufficiently strain his urge to move.

The Pharaoh Dog is reared in its homeland on Malta trained for rabbit hunting. He is also used as a guard dog. Therefore, he sometimes sounds the alarm and barks when he can not associate sounds.

The Pharaoh Dog is a very intelligent and inquisitive Journeyman. If you want to teach him something, he will learn it quickly. He will always be friendly, loving and attentive to you. Show affection to your Pharaoh Dog.

Then you will get along well with him. He will thank you with a deep bond to you. Deep inside him there is a strong need for friendship and bonding. He also has a very good-natured and fun personality.

At first glance, the Pharaoh Dog appears slender and elegant. However, in reality he is very resistant and persevering against stresses. Due to his past living conditions, the Pharaoh Dog is very hardened. He is tougher than he may first appear to you.

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The right food

Pharaoh dog by itself does not make any special demands on its food. However, this animal has a very pronounced appetite. Therefore, you must feed your Pharaoh dog consciously and not give him too much. This could quickly take revenge. Pharaoh dogs do not need a particularly energy-rich food despite their high urge to move.

You should make sure that the feed high-quality and the meat content in the feed is very high. You can see this by the fact that meat is listed first in the food description on the packaging. This ensures that your four-legged friend eats a lot of protein. This way, your Pharaoh dog will stay slim and still strong.

The grain content in the feed, on the other hand, should be very low or not present at all. The feed should always contain a high proportion of meat and a low proportion of cereals. This applies to wet food and to dry food.

You will quickly notice if your four-legged friend is gaining a little flab. Since the Pharaoh Dog has a very short coat, this is easy to notice. However, the extra weight will prevent him from his sporting activity. As a result, he may gain even more weight. Therefore, you should do something about it as early as possible. You can then either feed him less or help him to exercise more.

In general, it's good to let your dog earn his food. This will not only keep him slim, but will also excite and satisfy him. After meals, you should let your Pharaoh dog take a break. It is better to move with your four-legged friend before eating, not after. This can prevent your dog from gastric torsion.

Also, make sure that you have your Pharaoh dog not too often spoil with treats. These are also secret fatteners. Reward your Pharaoh Dog better with exercise and affection. If you do feed him treats from time to time. Then pay attention to his daily calorie needs and include the small snacks. You should subtract each treat from his main meals.

There are also treats that have a positive property at the same time. You should rather reach for these. For example, there are treats that care for your dog's teeth when chewed. Toys for chewing are also suitable. It can satisfy the natural chewing needs of your four-legged friend.

Health & Care

The pharaoh dog is in his care basically quite undemanding. Therefore, he is pleasant to hold. Make sure that he is regularly exercised outside with lots of exercise. Then he will be calm and uncomplicated at home in the apartment. Just power him up properly, your Pharaoh dog will like that.

After that he will lie down in his basket to sleep. However, for these reasons, a Pharaoh dog is not suitable as a pet in a city apartment. It is ideal if you can offer him a large free space to romp and frolic in nature.

If you don't like to exercise and prefer to lounge on the sofa after work, a Pharaoh dog is not right for you either. Neither you nor he will really enjoy it if you have to force yourself to go for a walk every time.

Also, an important point is that Pharaoh dogs over No undercoat have. His short coat does not protect him very well against external influences. Therefore, your four-legged companion may be quite sensitive to the cold. You should keep this in mind when you go outside in cold weather. That is why a Dog coat appropriate.

The short coat must otherwise only combed a little every day become. This way it will shine. Other coat care is not necessary for your Pharaoh dog. Dirt you usually do not have to wash out, but you can simply remove it from the coat. brush out.

Also, you can regularly use his Control ears and his claws. You should always keep your Pharaoh Dog's ears clean. The claws must not become too long. Otherwise, it is recommended that you cut the claws of your four-legged friend.

Let your pharaoh dog train for dog racing. So you can completely satisfy his desire to move. Games that challenge his hunting instinct are also always welcome for your Pharaoh dog.

You won't have much difficulty in raising your Pharaoh dog. After all, he is very intelligent and learns quickly. Since he has a strong need for recognition and attachment, he will also always try to fulfill your orders.

However, a Pharaoh dog can sometimes be quite stubborn. Then it's up to you to show the necessary consistency. So you will soon become very good friends.

Suitable accessories

To take care of your Pharaoh Dog in the best possible way, you don't need a lot of accessories. First and foremost, you yourself are much more important. You should be interested in sports activity and want to spend a long time in nature. You should have fun to move your dog.

Should you ever be too exhausted or listless, you can, for example, also give your Pharaoh dog a Ball load out. You can give your four-legged friend the ball fetch let. This way you can exercise your Pharaoh dog without having to move much. Of course, more challenging games that challenge his hunting instinct or intelligence are more appropriate.

Your Pharaoh Dog does not have a very insulating coat. Therefore, you can buy him something to protect against the cold. Suitable for this purpose are for example Dog winter coats.

Not unlike all dogs, a Pharaoh dog needs a Leash, collar or harness, food and water bowl, a place to sleep and a transport box.

Pharaoh dog history

Origin & History

The Pharaoh Dog comes from the Mediterranean region. More precisely he comes from Malta. There he was selected for the Rabbit hunting used. However, the pharaoh dog does not go underground into the rabbit's burrow, but hunts on the surface. For this purpose, he also uses his eyes and his ears. Since the Pharaoh Dog is a very agile animal, the rabbits usually have no chance.

In addition, pharaoh dogs were also used as Watchdogs used, for example, for herds of goats.

Both are still reflected in his nature today. The pronounced movement and hunting instinct through the rabbit hunt. The high attention through his activity as a guard dog.

There is also a theory about its external appearance. Thus, it is believed that the ancestors of the Pharaoh's dog were brought to Malta in ancient times. This would explain why the Pharaoh's Dog looks so much like an ancient dog from Egypt, Tesem, and the deity Anubis.

Critics, however, disagree. They argue that the Pharaoh Dogs can be traced in Malta only since the Middle Ages.

The Pharaoh Dog has been bred as an independent breed in Great Britain since 1960. In Malta, the Pharaoh Dog was even elected as the national dog in 1974. In 1991, it was declared an independent breed by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Since 1982 the pharaoh dog is also used in Germany bred. The German Greyhound Breeding and Racing Association allows Pharaoh dogs to participate in dog races. So they can enjoy their urge to move and their love for sprinting.