The Phoenicians are believed to have brought these hounds to the islands of Malta and Gozo over 5,000 years ago, and, since then, the breed has developed largely in isolation. They are popular here for hunting rabbits and, although sight hounds, they can also track their quarry by scent.
Coat Type/Colour: Sleek, short; Reddish-tan
Height: 22 – 25 Inch (56 – 63.5 cm)
Weight: 65 lb (29.5 kg)
Nature: Friendly; requires much exercise
There are obvious similarities in appearance between the Pharaoh and Ibizan Hounds, but their coloration is different. Pharaoh Hounds are tan or rich tan, and chestnut forms may also be recognized. A white tip to the tail is encouraged, and a white area on the chest, known as the star, with other white areas on the toes and a narrow blaze down the centre of the nose are also allowed for show purposes. The temperament of both breeds is alike, with the Pharaoh Hound benefiting from a good daily run.
The rise in popularity of the Pharaoh Hound has been quite staggering. Back in 1970, none were registered with the Kennel Club, yet within five years, they were given championship status. A similar occurrence took place in North America.