Pharaoh Hound


With origins that can be traced back to Egypt circa 3000 BC, the Pharaoh Hound is truly an ancient breed. The Pharaoh of today bears a close resemblance to its Egyptian ancestors: noble, graceful, powerful, and fast. The breed has also retained its unique tendency to “blush,” with nose and ears turning a rose color when the dog is excited. The Pharaoh Hound is prized for companionship, hunting, lure coursing, and obedience.


Medium to large; females 21 to 24 inches; males 23 to 25 inches.


Tan to chestnut, with white markings.


Affectionate, playful, sensitive, willing to please. Intelligent, alert, active; will chase with no regard to safety. Good with children, reserved with strangers; some timid.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner in a rural or suburban home.


Daily exercise (some recommend two hours a day), fenced yard, leash, soft bedding and warmth, socialization, occasional brushing.

Life expectancy:

11 to 15 years.