Non-sporting Breeds

Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB)
Height: Dog: 22-25 in (55-62.5cm) Bitch: 21-24 in (52.5-60.5cm)
Coat: Short and glossy
Color: Tan or rich tan with white markings; white tip on tail strongly desirable; white star on chest, white on toes, and slim white blaze on center line of face permissible; flecking or white other than above undesirable

The Pharaoh Hound is a medium-sized sight breed that will also hunt by scent. It has been described as the oldest domesticated dog in recorded history because it so closely resembles the likenesses of dogs carved on the tomb walls of the pharaohs and on ancient Egyptian artefacts dating back to at least 2000 BC. In 1935, archeologists working in the great cemetery west of the Pyramid of Cheops, at Giza, found an inscription recording that such a dog, named Abuwtiyuw, had been buried with all the ritual ceremony of a great man of Egypt by order of the kings of Upper and Lower Egypt. It is thought that these hounds were taken to Malta and Gozo by the Phoenicians. First imported into the UK in the 1920s, the breed was re-established in Britain in 1968 when eight examples were imported from Gozo and Malta, and it was soon recognized. It was introduced into North America in the late 1960s and was subsequently recognized. The affectionate and intelligent Pharaoh Hound has a happy, confident personality, likes children, and makes a good family pet. Its coat needs little attention but the breed does require plenty of exercise and is not suited to cramped conditions.
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