With a history dating back thousands of years, the Pharaoh Hound is a dog breed has hardly changed over the millenniums. These ancient dogs are smart and outgoing with a regal bearing and are the national dog of Malta. If you think a Pharaoh Hound might be the ideal pet for your family but are not sure, the following dog breed information on Pharaoh Hounds will help you decide.
Pharaoh Hounds are medium-sized dogs standing 21-25 inches tall and weighing 45-55 pounds. The average lifespan of a Pharaoh Hound is 12-14 years.
In terms of personality and family life, Pharaoh Hounds are moderately playful and extremely affectionate with family members. They can be somewhat patient and tolerant with young children with the proper socialization around kids during puppyhood. Pharaoh Hounds get along famously well with other dogs.
Pharaoh Hounds are neither overly aggressive not extremely friendly with strangers. They make decent watchdogs. This is not a highly adaptable breed but a Pharaoh Hound can adjust to some changes in routine. This is a good choice of breed for apartment dwellers and first-time pet parents. However, keep in mind that Pharaoh Hounds are very sensitive and do not tolerate being left alone. They adapt to hot weather very well but not so much to cold weather.
It is fairly easy to train a Pharaoh Hound because these dogs are smart and responsive to an award-based approach but novice pet parents might find training slightly challenging, given the Pharaoh Hound’s aloofness and strong will at times.
Prospective owners of Pharaoh Hounds should know that they have high energy levels and are easily bored. A yard where this dog plays must have at least a 6-foot-high fence and be at least 50 x 50 feet in size. This will give a Pharaoh Hound ample space to run around for 15-30 minutes and burn energy.
Also, you should know that Pharaoh Hounds can be moderately vocal and bark a fair amount. These dogs have a very strong hunting instinct and training will not overcome this inherent trait. Therefore, it is important to keep your Pharaoh Hound on leash and in a fenced yard when outside the home. These dogs will run when left free and may never be found or killed in traffic, so this is an important precaution.
The Pharaoh Hound’s short smooth coat requires minimal care, consisting of a quick brushing every day or a more thorough brushing once a week. The coat can shed quite a lot, however. These dogs are not heavy droolers.
All in all, Pharaoh Hounds are ancient dogs from Malta that are rugged hunters, bred to hunt small game in treacherous terrain. However, they are elegant looking pooches with a friendly and affectionate demeanor and low-maintenance grooming, which makes them excellent house pets.
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