Pharaoh Hounds

Pharaoh hound wearing a pink shirt coursing.
Thank you Dean Lake Photography for this AWESOME image!

Pharaoh Hounds, thought to be the dogs of Egyptian Pharaohs up to 4,000 years ago and depicted on the walls of their tombs, are the official dog of Malta. Due to their rare status in the United States, pure-bred Pharaohs have relatively few health problems, an average life expectancy of 11-14 years, wonderful personalities, and they are one of the most beautiful dogs in the world. Elegant, regal, trainable, and adaptable to almost any situation, they truly are exceptional dogs for exceptional people.

The Pharaoh Hound is among the top 10 fastest dogs in the world, having been recorded at speeds up to 34 miles per hour. Although they do love some quick and explosive exercise, they are very comfortable sinking into their favorite sofa or chair, as long as they get brief periods of outside time where they can do their sprints. The upside is they can do that by themselves if you have a fenced yard for them to use. They also like to cuddle and prefer to sleep under your covers. They are not clingy, but they love to be close to you in periods of vulnerability — like when sleeping.

They are an expensive breed because of their healthy predisposition, and they are worth every penny. Extraordinarily smart and trainable, their downside is that they should be kept on a leash outside of a fenced situation. They are a sighthound, and their prey drive is high. Also, you should be prepared for a high-jumper, as they can do a standing jump up to six feet. They love competition games and respond well to training for such.

Extraordinary Pharaoh Hounds

A pharaoh hound, shown in a yellow vest while lure coursing with text: Turn on the AfterBernie


Our newest future mother is Berenice Anders (Bernie). At only 4 months, she was nearly completely house trained and was performing very well in obedience training. She was showing her intelligence and making herself a deeply embedded member of the family — including four other dogs and a cat. At two years, she has turned into the grand dog we expected. As of January 2020, she is an AKC Dual Champion, as she earned her Field Championship in November 2019. … Continue readingBernie

Health tested parents for healthier puppiers. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, The Canine Health Information Center
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