Breed History / Description

Venerated by the ruling dynasty of Egypt, the Pharaoh Hound can be seen on their ancient Egyptian tombs. Indeed mummified dogs found in the tombs bear a remarkable resemblance to the modern Pharaoh. The breed was, however, native to Malta where he was used for hunting rabbits. It is thought Phoenician sailors took dogs with them on their travels and reached Egypt where he gained his nomenclature. The Pharaoh hound is relatively new to the UK appearing here in the 1970s.


An alert keen hunter, hunting by scent and sight using its ears to a marked degree when working close. 


Alert, intelligent, friendly, affectionate and playful.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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