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Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 21-25”
Weight: 45-55 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Pharaoh Hound in the following colors:

  • Chestnut
  • Red golden
  • Rich tan
  • Tan

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 11-14 years
The Pharaoh Hound is considered to be a healthy purebred pup, but you do need to make sure you check out all of the breeder’s paperwork to ensure that you do have a healthy pup on your hands.

There are some medical concerns and health problems that you need to be aware of, including hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s Disease, elbow dysplasia, and thrombopathia.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that affects the thyroid. When your pup’s thyroid does not function correctly, your pup may gain a lot of weight or may not be able to gain weight at all. The thyroid regulates your pup’s metabolism.

Hip dysplasia is another concern in your Pharaoh Hound which you should keep an eye out for. This is a genetic condition that affects the hip socket and joint. When this condition is present, your pup may have a hard time moving around and may develop painful arthritis in the affected joints.

Elbow dysplasia is similar to hip dysplasia, but it affects the elbow. This condition is painful as well and can be quite crippling for your pup.

Von Willebrand’s Disease is an inherited blood disorder that is present when there is a lack of proteins within the platelets in your pup’s body. These proteins help the blood to clot, so when this disease is present, the blood does not clot correctly, meaning small cuts can lead to continuous bleeding.

Lastly, thrombopathia is a genetic disease that leads to hemophilia in your pup. This blood disorder occurs when there are not enough platelets available to clot the blood.

The Pharaoh Hound has a life expectancy of 11 to 14 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

When describing the Pharaoh Hound, you will often hear words such as smart, well-mannered, friendly, and brave. This breed is known for standing his or her own ground, so you generally will not need to worry about them. While your pup is not afraid of much, he or she will take a bit of a reserved approach to being a watchdog. You should not expect them to guard your home, but he or she will bark when someone does approach.

This breed is known to exhibit a pleasant attitude, and you will find that your pup has a unique personality of his or her own. This tends to allow your pup to entertain you, especially with his or her funny antics. The more you laugh, the more your Pharaoh Hound will perform for you.

This breed is considered to be decent with children, but will do better with older ones. You should supervise your pup if you have young children close by. Other pets are not usually an issue, but your Pharaoh Hound may not like smaller animals and critters in the home, so pay close attention if you do have any small pets inside.

Your Pharaoh Hound likes to be a companion and thrives on human touch. You will find that this breed gives you a lot of love and expects it in return as well. It is important for you to note that this breed does not like to be left alone for too long and can develop bad behaviors if left unattended.

The Pharaoh Hound is an okay choice for an apartment or condo, as long as he or she is able to get the exercise that he or she needs. A home with a yard is preferred, but it is not a deal breaker. You should make sure that your pup does get a walk twice per day of at least 30 minutes.

If you do have a yard for your Pharaoh Hound to run around in, you want to make sure that the fence is secure, as your pup may dig and get out to go explore.

When it comes to training, the Pharaoh Hound is pretty easy to train and you will not face too much resistance. This breed does not respond well to harsh training methods, so they should be avoided at all costs. Once training has begun, make sure that you remain consistent and firm.


The Pharaoh Hound is easy to groom and does not have a lot of grooming needs at all. This breed does not shed much, so you do not have to worry about a daily brush. You can simply brush your pup a couple of times per week, which will be enough.

You do not need to bathe your pup unless he or she truly needs it. When you do bathe him or her, make sure that you choose a mild or hypoallergenic shampoo to protect your pup’s skin. You should also clean your Pharaoh Hound’s ears once per week to help prevent ear infections.

Lastly, you have to make sure that you keep your Pharaoh Hound’s nails trimmed. You should trim them once a month or as needed to ensure they remain at a healthy length.


Your Pharaoh Hound will consume approximately 1.5 cups to 2.5 cups of food per day. It is important that you provide your pup with a hearty and wholesome food that will contribute to his growth and meet his or her nutritional needs.

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A Pharaoh Hound puppy will typically cost you anywhere between $1,000 and $1,300. This price will fluctuate based on the breeder and the demand for the puppy. In addition to the cost of the puppy itself, you also need to consider how much it will cost to feed your pup, provide medical care, and purchase medicine.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Pharaoh Hound makes a good companion as he or she thrives on the human touch. You will find your pup close by to where you are, and there will always be a cuddle waiting for you. This breed does well in any home situation and adapts easily. You will need to walk your pup at least twice per day to ensure that he or she does get enough exercise. With minimal grooming requirements and the ability to train easily, this breed ranks a 1.


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