Pharaoh Hound

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Pharaoh Hound History

The Pharaoh Hound is a medium to large sized domesticated breed of hound that originated in Egypt. The Egyptians are believed to have brought the Pharaoh Hound to Greece, where it was eventually brought to the attention of European royalty. The Romans named the breed “Cynocephalus”, which means “dog-headed” in Greek. Later, the Pharaoh Hound was exported to Europe, where it was used by Europeans to hunt boars and other large animals. The distinctive features of the Pharaoh Hound, including its long, droopy ears, have often been compared to that of the Sphinx, an image known from the great temples of ancient Egypt.

Time of Origin

3000 BC

Country of Origin




Pharaoh Hound Physical Characteristics

The Pharoah Hound is a short, long-haired hound, that stands between 15 and 17 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 35 and 55 pounds. They have a dark, short, fine coat that is blue-tan or brindle in color. They have a pointed muzzle and dark eyes. The tail is docked and the ears are erect. The Pharaoh hound is friendly, alert, and highly intelligent.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 25 inches

Female Height Range: 21 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 45 – 55 lbs

Female Weight Range: 45 – 55 lbs

Pharaoh Hound Health

Description of breed health.


11-14 yrs

Pharaoh Hound Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy

Pharaoh Hound Temperament and Behaviour

The Pharaoh Hound is lively, full of energy, and loves to run around and play. They are independent, but they can also be sensitive and timid. They are rare to find and are often difficult to housebreak. They are generally quiet, but can be quite vocal if they hear an unusual sound. They should not be trusted with young kids, as they can be unpredictable and may bite them.

Pharaoh Hound Activity Requirements

The Pharaoh Hound is one of the oldest dog breeds. They are alert, intelligent, and loyal, and they are great companions. While they do not require a lot of exercise, they do need to release some energy each day. A morning or evening walk is a great way to begin and end your day with a happy, well-exercised Pharaoh Hound. While they don’t need a lot of outdoor time, they do need some time outside so that they can run off some of their energy. If you do not have a large yard, a fenced-in area or a trail where you can take your Pharoah Hound for some running and sniffing is ideal. While they may not require a lot of energy, they still enjoy being outside.

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Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Pharaoh Hound is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Pharaoh Hound is part of the Hound group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Pharaoh Hound is part of the Hound group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Pharaoh Hound is part of the Hound group.

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