Pharaoh Hound

Ancient "Blushing Dog" of Malta

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The Pharaoh Hound  is an elegant but rugged sprinting hound bred to chase small game over punishing terrain. Quick and tenacious with an amazing nose, these friendly, affectionate hounds settle down nicely at home.

Common Traits

Eye Color: Amber

Coat Color: Chestnut, Red Golden, Rich Tan, Tan, Commonly with White Markings

Coat Length: Short and glossy

Coat Density: Fine and close

Coat Texture: Slightly harsh with no feathering

Average Size

Height: 23-25 inches

Weight: 45-55 pounds


The Pharaoh is quick to learn and eager to please. However, there is a problem in teaching them to come if they're off-leash in an open area. It has been proven time and again that most Pharaohs, no matter how obedient or well trained, will not come when called when they find themselves suddenly in a “free situation.” They will run off, happy to be hunting. It's best to keep them leashed or in a fenced yard when outdoors.

The Pharaoh tend to do well with families and children, but make sure to meet their exercise requirements (20-40 minutes a day).

Activity Needs

Activity Level: Medium to High

Weekly Walk Mileage: 7 (minimum)

Activity Per Day: 40 Minutes (minimum)


Maintenance Tools: Brush, Nail Clippers

Brushing Frequency: Daily to Weekly; low-maintenance