Pharaoh Hound

"The King Tut Dog"

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The dogs that accompanied ancient pharaohs on the hunt were classified as sighthounds, due to their sharp eyesight. Dogs similar to Pharaoh Hounds, Ibizans, Salukis and Greyhounds were depicted in murals and on walls that trace back as much as 5000 years. Likely some accompanied their masters to death and the Pyramids. The Pharaoh Hound bears a resemblance to statues of the Egyptian god, Anubis. Even before this, it is believed that sighthounds were probably traded by the Phoenicians. The Pharaoh Hound is the national dog of Malta.


Social with familiar people and most dogs, Pharaoh Hounds will submit to their instincts should a rabbit bound across the lawn, or a cat, hamster or guinea pig dare enter their space, so don't keep these animals as pets. They have a curiosity that sometimes causes turmoil for themselves or their owners. Strangers are accepted once introductions are made, but they're unlikely to sit in one's lap. Pharaoh Hounds are not protective, but they do make good watch dogs due to their observant tendencies. They will bark when something or someone new enters their territory.


The glossy, smooth coat comes in shades of brown, from tan to a rich chestnut, with a desired white tip on the tail. White is permitted on the toes, the line at the center of the face (sometimes called the “kiss of Allah”), and on the chest (usually called a “star”). Ears are large and erect, and the tail is long. One of the unique features of the breed is the ability to “blush.” When the Pharaoh Hound becomes excited, ears, nose and even eyes can turn a rosy hue. They even appear to smile! Most of the time, however, they seem to have a faraway look, as though recalling ancient times – and perhaps themselves as Anubis.


Lure coursing is a natural ability for the Pharaoh Hound. He's also a speedy agility competitor. The three Ps – praise, patience, and provisions – are the keys to training him. Try to convince him that the desired action is his idea. With inventive training practices, he can be a competitive obedience dog. Pharaoh Hounds require frequent leg-stretching runs in safe areas. Dedicated joggers make excellent companions for this breed.

Grooming & Care

Wash and wear – brush with soft brush or hound glove to remove stray hairs; normal nail trimming and an occasional bath finish the chore. Shedding is kept to a minimum with proper care.

Health Concerns

Ask whether parents are OFA and CERF certified. Pharaoh hounds can be sensitive to anesthesia and some chemicals.

Famous Pharaoh Hound

King Tutankhamen had a Pharaoh Hound named Abuwitiyuw.

Ideal Owner
Activity Level 4
Schedule 5
Home 9
Children 49
Experience 11
Quick Facts
Grooming 13
Exercise 60
Challenges Can't be trusted off leash
Height 21 to 25 inches
Weight 45 to 55 pounds
Life 11 to 15 years
Home Alone 83
With Kids 21
With Strangers 113
Availability 95

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