Pharaoh Hound

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The Pharaoh Hound has the need for speed and is a powerful, fast animal with a unique, graceful stride. Given these characteristics, it’s no wonder the Pharaoh Hound is an excellent hunter and does well in dog shows.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 9in - 2ft 1in
Weight: 45-55lbs
Lifespan: 11 - 14 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly4/5
  • Barking Amount5/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone5/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance1/5
  • Heat Tolerance5/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Pharaoh Hound Information


This noble dog is one of the oldest domesticated canines in history, dating back to approximately 3000 B.C. His existence is well documented in ancient Egyptian art and hieroglyphics.

The breed’s distinctive appearance and regal bearing have led many to speculate that they were once the favored companions of pharaohs and other royal court members.

Bred for centuries as a hunter and guardian, the Pharaoh Hound is a proud and intelligent breed.

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Training and Temperament

The Pharaoh Hound ranges in earthy colors that include tan, chestnut, and red. When excited, which is often for this friendly and affectionate dog, his nose and ears turn a reddish color!

Despite their proud and dignified appearance, Pharaoh Hounds are known for their playful and energetic personalities. They are a bit stand-offish with strangers and children but can be trained to make good family pets.

Socialization of any dog is very important.

Pharaoh Hounds can sometimes be stubborn and independent, so it’s important to have consistent training. They are an intelligent breed, and a quick learners once passed the hurdle of getting started.

Pharaoh Hounds are known for their high energy levels and need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored and destructive. Taking your Pharaoh Hound for regular walks and providing plenty of toys and activities can help prevent behavioral problems and keep them happy and healthy.


In terms of grooming, the Pharaoh Hound’s short and smooth coat is relatively low-maintenance. However, they do shed, so regular brushing is important to keep their coat healthy and prevent shedding around the house. Pharaoh Hounds are also prone to ear infections, so it is important to check and clean their ears regularly to prevent any problems.

Overall, the Pharaoh Hound is a beautiful and intelligent breed that has a unique history and appearance.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Pharaoh Hounds be apartment dogs?

Pharaoh Hounds aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Pharaoh Hounds be left alone?

Pharaoh Hounds are a very independent breed. They will typically do well when on their own for longer periods. Just be sure to avoid being neglectful.

Are Pharaoh Hounds good with kids?

Pharaoh Hounds can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Pharaoh Hounds friendly with strangers?

Pharaoh Hounds tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do Pharaoh Hounds get along with other dogs?

Typically, Pharaoh Hounds get along well with other dogs or are easy to socialize with them. It's uncommon that they're overly agressive.

Do Pharaoh Hounds bark a lot?

Pharaoh Hounds are known to bark quite often. This can be irritating for owners who aren't expecting it and they may require some training to limit the amount of barking.

Do Pharaoh Hounds shed a lot?

Pharaoh Hounds shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Pharaoh Hounds need a lot of grooming?

Pharaoh Hounds don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Pharaoh Hounds need a lot of exercise?

The Pharaoh Hound has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Pharaoh Hounds easy to train?

Most Pharaoh Hounds are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Pharaoh Hounds handle cold weather?

Expect Pharaoh Hounds to not do well with the cold. If you live in a cold climate you'll need to take special consideration for this breed.

Can Pharaoh Hounds handle hot weather?

The Pharaoh Hound does quite well in hot conditions. They enjoy the heat and sun, just make sure they're given water as needed.

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