Pharaoh Hound

Other names : Rabbit Dog, Kelb tal-Fenek

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Life expectancy

The Pharaoh Hound has a life expectancy of between 11 and 13 years




Adult size

Female Between 21 and 24 in
Male Between 22 and 25 in

Adult weight

Female Between 44 and 55 lb
Male Between 44 and 55 lb
Coat colour
Red Sand
Type of coat
Short Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Pharaoh Hound costs between £900 and £1200

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More details about the Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound: Origins and history

The Pharaoh Hound was practically unknown in the UK and USA until the late 20th century. However, the dog's roots can be traced back to 4000 BC! An artefact found in ancient Egypt depicts two Pharaoh Hound-like dogs chasing a gazelle. It's believed that the breed was later imported to Malta by Phoenician traders. After showing the locals what it was capable of, it was quickly adopted as the national dog of Malta. This agile hunting dog soon earned the nickname "Kelb tal-Fenek”, which translates as the dog of the rabbit. 

FCI classification of the Pharaoh Hound

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 6 : Primitive type

Training a Pharaoh Hound

Responds really well to reward based training methods. Naturally intelligent and obedient. Thrives off positive reinforcement

Pharaoh Hound: Purchase price

The initial cost of buying a Pharaoh Hound puppy will be between £900 to £1200. Budget between £40-60 each month to cover the cost of feeding your Pharaoh Hound. Other expenses, like insurance, will vary depending on your dog's age and medical history.

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