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The Blushing Hound – Pharaoh Hound

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Pharaoh Hound, classified in the hound group, is a breed known for its noble appearance, its unique ability to “blush,” and its association with Egyptian mythology.

A brief history of the Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh_HoundThe exact early history of the Pharaoh Hound is shrouded in mystery. According to legend, the Pharaoh Hound breed was descended from the dogs of early Egyptian Pharaohs. However, historical records indicate that the breed was actually developed in Malta, whereit was primarily used as a hunting dog, before being brought to Egypt. Although dogs from this breed were occasionally imported from Malta to Britain, America, and European countries throughout the 20th century, it was not until the 1960s that the Pharaoh Hound was actually bred outside of its supposed country of origin. In 1974, the breed was officially recognized as the “Pharaoh Hound,” although it is referred to as Kelb talk-Fenek in its native Malta.


The Pharaoh Hound is a medium sized dog. Adult males typically reach 23 to 25 inches in height at the shoulders, while their female counterparts usually reach about 21 to 24 inches at the shoulders. Both male and female Pharaoh Hounds weigh between 45 to 55 lbs. on average, although they have known to grow taller and weigh more depending on their diet. The Pharaoh Hound is well known for its elegant, regal appearance. The breed has a long head with a lean, muscular neck that often has a slight arch to it. Their short coat is usually amber, tan, or chestnut, although other colors are occasionally seen. The Pharaoh Hound has a unique physical feature: they blush in their ears and noses when they are excited.

The Pharaoh Hound is known to be a gentle loving dog that prefers the company of family members to strangers.The breed is often referred to as being reserved and shy around strangers, although they should not be aggressive or fearful unless they have not been properly socialized. The breed is good with children, although like all energetic dog breeds they should be supervised when in contact with young children who may inadvertently be injured by energetic play. Because the breed was bred to be a hunter, they do need daily exercise to keep their bodies and their minds stimulated. Like many intelligent dogs, they do not like repetitive activity and may ignore repetitive-style training or play. The breed does require some special care, including special shampoo for their sensitive skin, coats or jackets in cold climates, and active daily exercise.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The dog was typically used to hunt at night to decrease the amount of distractions.
  • Although the dog is associated with Egypt and Egyptian pharaohs, there is strong evidence that the breed actually originated in Malta and was brought over to Egypt later on.
  • The first Pharaoh Hound brought to America was brought by Ruth Taft Harper.
  • The breed is one of the oldest domesticated dogs.
  • Images of Pharaoh Hound-like dogs can be found on Egyptian tombs and temples.