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Pharaoh Hound

Life Span: 12 to 14 years

Litter Size: 6 to 8

Country of Origin: Malta

Size: A typical male Pharaoh Hounds stands 23 to 25 inches at the shoulder, while the height for a female is 21 to 24 inches. They weigh approximately from 45 to 60 pounds. They are slightly longer than they are tall.

Coat: The coat is very fine and thin. While the Pharaoh does shed, there’s not much hair to shed with. Any shedding is hardly noticeable. The fur is soft to the touch and very smooth. There is a healthy sheen that makes the fur seem almost iridescent in bright sunlight.

Character: The Pharaoh Hound is a reasonably independent dog that is loyal to its family. They have an inbuilt desire to hunt and have the staying power to keep going with or without you. Cats and other small animals are seen as prey to the Pharaoh Hound that hasn't been socialized with them from an early age. They can be fairly vocal, and being a very sociable breed really enjoy the company of other dogs or preferably humans.

Appearance: The Pharaoh Hound is an elegant and noble looking dog similar in appearance to a greyhound. The sleek and nimble body has a deep chest with well-sprung ribs, an almost straight topline, straight front legs and a thin tail carried high. The head is long and wedge-shaped, with a long slim muzzle, oval-shaped amber eyes, and large, erect ears. Uniquely, this dog has the ability to blush when excited, where the nose and ears will turn a rosy color. The coat is short, close and glossy in texture, and the coloring tends to be tan or rich chestnut with white markings.

History: Pharaoh hounds are one of the oldest domesticated breeds, dating back to 3,000 B.C. Originating in ancient Egypt, Pharaoh Hounds were brought to the Mediterranean island of Malta by traders. There, they were carefully bred for several thousand years to hunt rabbits and other small game.

Health Issues: In general, Pharaoh Hounds can be prone to dry, flaky skin, especially in winter. If this is the case, they may require nutritional supplements and coat moisturizers. Some Pharaoh Hounds develop food or skin allergies. They can also develop stomach and intestinal problems, and hypothyroidism.

Temperament: A placid creature, the Pharaoh Hound is the envy of other hunting dogs -- always willing to please while still retaining its independence. Its most unique feature is that the dog blushes when excited, with the ears and nose turning a shade of rosy pink. The Pharaoh Hound is fond of running and chasing strange animals, but is gentle and loving with other dogs and children. Its gentleness, however, does not impede its keen chasing and hunting skills.

Care: Pharaoh Hounds require minimal grooming. Brush to remove loose hairs with a rubber brush. Pharaoh Hounds require a lot of exercise. Daily walks or romps in an open field are essential. They make a great dog to run beside a bicycle.

Training: Training should always be consistent and gentle as this breed can be very sensitive to a harsh voice. Prone to timidity, the trainer must be well experienced with this breed so they are not frightened. The Pharaoh Hound is rather intelligent and can do well in obedience training.

Activity: Most hounds need rigorous physical exercise, so daily walks and runs are a must. Never let a hound off a leash unless it's in an enclosed area, because it will take off if it picks up a scent. Hounds are barkers and howlers, and they're sometimes hard to housebreak.

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