The national dog of Malta
Original Name : Pharaoh Hound
Type : Graioid
Male size : 22-25 inches
Female size : 21-24 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Malta
Pharaoh Hounds are elegant, dynamic animals prized for their vigilance and intelligence. Temperamentally, they are particularly friendly, affectionate and playful.
Viewed from the above, shaped like a blunt wedge.
Lithe, almost level topline.
Tan or rich tan with white markings.
Broad at the base, long, fine and erect.
Set medium high, fairly thick at the base, tapering (whip-like).
Short and glossy, ranging from fine and close to slightly coarse.
Built like sighthounds, Pharaoh Hounds are so named because of their likeness to dogs found on pictures during excavations in Egypt. Bones were also found in some of the tombs, including those under the Cheops pyramid. The story goes that Phoenician traders brought the breed to Malta.These medium-sized dogs of noble bearing and clean lines are both elegant and powerful. They move freely at very fast pace. Their expression is alert.They are passionate hounds that hunt by both scent and sight, also using their hearing at short distances.
Did you know ?
Called Kelb Tal-Fenek (rabbit dog) in their native country, overseas they are known as Pharaoh Hounds, a name given to them by the British, who saw a resemblance with the Egyptian statues that adorn the ancient tombs of that North African country.