- SIZE: 5
- GROOMING:: 3
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 6
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 3
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: Pharaoh Hound
- COLOR(S):Tan or chestnut. A white tail-tip desired.
The Pharaoh Hound\'s appearance is of grace, power, elegance and speed. They are medium sized dogs and of noble bearing with hard, clean-cut lines. A sight and scent hound, they are an intelligent and affectionate dog who are playful and enjoy a good run. Unique to the Pharaoh Hound is the characteristic of "blushing" when excited, in which their faces, noses and insides of their ears turn a rosy pink. They greatly resemble the Egyptian god Anubis, in which they have been said to "glow like a god" when they blush. They are lean dogs, leanly muscled and with thin faces and large, pointing, upright ears. The Pharaoh Hound comes in the color of tan with white markings on the chest, toes, and center line of the face. They have slightly wrinkled faces and shoulders. Pharaoh Hounds are as intelligent as they look. They are quick to obey, can move fast and are efficient at their job as rabbit hunters. For this reason, they are not trustworthy with small animals. Pharaoh Hounds take care of themselves, and have been said to be as clean as cats. Some have been reported to lick themselves when it rains, getting the water off. This is thought to be an instinctual drive to get as much water as possible when it is available, as they have developed in the deserts of Egypt.
Pharaoh Hounds are affectionate, intelligent and obedient. They can be competitive, and are excellent hunters. They get along well with others, including children and other dogs. They are not good with smaller pets, as they have a prey drive. Pharaoh Hounds are playful, friendly and clean. They are an ideal household pet for the owner who will exercise them. They are eager to please, but sometimes picky in their mannerisms. They are sometimes wary with strangers, but usually friendly with all.
Short and glossy. Pharaoh Hounds require minimal grooming. Brush to remove loose hairs with a rubber brush.
Allergies, sensitivity to anesthesia, and hip dysplasia. This is a very healthy breed.
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. Pharaoh Hounds will not do well in an apartment as they are a very active breed. A house with a high fenced yard is essential. Remember these dogs are high jumpers and scent hounds and would enjoy chasing neighborhood cats and rabbits. The best owner for this breed would be an active owner living in a suburban or rural home with a highly fenced yard.
Use a consistent approach to training a Pharaoh Hound. Positive reinforcement is always best.