American Canine Association


Pharaoh Hound


One of the oldest dog breeds in the world, the Pharaoh Hound is thousands of years old. Due to how long ago this breed was created, it is unknown what bloodlines made this breed up. We do know that this breed was not only seen in countless Egyptian drawings but that it was a sight and hunting hound. This breed still holds popularity in the United States today and remains a very fascinating breed to many.


The Pharaoh Hound is a medium to large breed dog with males and females measuring 23-25 inches in height and weighing 45-55 pounds in weight. This breed is built extremely tall, thin and lean in appearance. Their head is medium in size, extremely wedge shaped and forms into almost the same width of a long muzzle. Their two eyes are almond in shape and generally a light amber to yellow in appearance. Their two ears are large, triangular in shape and stand tall at the top of their head. Their tail is long in length, tapers to a point and is held down and outwards. Their single layer coat is held very tight to their skin and is available in red or tan with or without white markings.


This breed is a wonderful addition to most families, including those who live in an apartment. The Pharaoh Hound is loving, independent, confident and playful. What many do not know of this breed is that when the Pharaoh Hound is happy, he or she "blushes" and their ears and nose turn a rose pink color. This breed needs daily physical and mental exercise to remain calm and happy indoors. Early socialization and obedience courses are recommended. This breed should not be within a home with non-canine pets due to their natural hunting abilities.


This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Pharaoh Hound prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care to your new family member. This breed requires a properly installed fenced or properly fitting harness and leash while outdoors at all times. This breed can be very sensitive to outdoor pesticides and medicines. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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