Pharaoh’s dog

Other names: Pharaoh’s Greyhound, Pharaoh Hound

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The Pharaoh’s Dog is a medium-sized dog that exudes a lot of nobility, both in its appearance and in its gait. These are clear, fast, loose and easy. Purity of lines, elegance and power characterize the appearance of the Pharaoh’s Dog, which also asserts a particularly alert expression.



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Hair type Short
Origin Malta
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 15 kg to 19 kg From 53 cm to 61 cm
Male From 16 kg to 20 kg From 56 cm to 63 cm
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History of the breed

It is in Malta that the breed of Pharaoh’s dog developed after the arrival of his ancestors on the Mediterranean archipelago around 1000 BC . It has the same origins as Cirneco de l’Etna, Podenco Canario and Podenco d’Ibiza, which were bred in Sicily, the Canaries and the Balearics. Pharaoh’s Dog was then introduced to England from the beginning of the 20th century . The breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on August 9, 1963.

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Physical features

His hair: short, shiny, fine and hard, never frayed.
Its color: reddish brown to dark reddish brown, with white markings at the end of the tail, on the chest, on the toes and possibly on the central line of the face.
His head: shaped like a truncated cone. The skull is lean, well defined and long, but slightly shorter than the muzzle. The stop is light, the nose is a liver color and in agreement with that of the dress. Jaws strong and scissor bite.
Its ears: set on moderately high, wide at their base, long, not very thick, mobile, erect when the dog is awake.
His eyes: oval in shape, a little sunken in the sockets, amber in color, displaying a look full of liveliness and intelligence.
His body: giving off an impression of suppleness and purity. The top line is almost straight. The silhouette is writable in a rectangle, the length of the body being slightly greater than the height at the withers. The croup is slightly sloping, the chest well let down, the ribs well sprung and the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: moderately high attachment, strong at its attachment, becoming thinner towards its end and having the shape of a whip. Reach high and curved when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Pharaoh’s dog   is a dog defined by remarkable intelligence , alertness and alertness. When hunting, he is enthusiastic, determined and attentive . The Pharaoh’s Hound makes full use of his sensory abilities to locate game, notably using his fine nose and keen eyesight . Very attached to his master and his family , he is friendly, affectionate and always inclined to play.

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The Dog of the Pharaoh requires a firm education , but without balance of power . His need for activity means that he must integrate very early the behavioral limits not to be exceeded. At the same time, its sensitivity makes it necessary to incorporate a good dose of softness in its grip.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The cleanliness and discretion (he usually barks very little) of the   Pharaoh’s dog   allow him to adapt to city life , on condition that he offers enough daily activities. He would be happier in a house with a large fenced garden than in an apartment.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Pharaoh’s dog   is a particularly robust dog. He enjoys solid health and there is no predisposition to any particular disease in this breed. On the other hand, its short and fine hair makes it more sensitive to cold and bad weather than its congeners with a thicker coat.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Pharaoh’s Dog is, on average, between 11 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Pharaoh’s dog   is an easy dog to take care of , but he must receive daily care for his coat to keep it shiny.

It is recommended to brush the dog daily to ensure the shine of its coat, as well as its cleanliness and that of its skin.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,700
€ 2,200

The purchase price of a Pharaoh’s Dog is between € 1,700 and € 2,200.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Pharaoh’s Hound is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Pharaoh’s dog   is a very active dog who should be able to benefit from long and frequent walks . Boredom is a real torture for this athlete who likes to play and express his hunting instincts .


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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