Pharaoh Hound Breed Standard

General Appearance is one of grace, power and speed. The Pharaoh Hound is medium sized, of noble bearing with hard clean-cut lines-graceful, well balanced, very fast with free easy movement and alert expression.


Free and flowing; the head should be held fairly high and the dog should cover the ground well without any apparent effort. The legs and feet should move in line with the body; any tendency to throw the feet sideways, or a high stepping "hackney" action is a definite fault.


Intelligent, friendly, affectionate and playful. Alert and active. Very fast with a marked keenness for hunting, both by sight and scent. The following description is that of the ideal Pharaoh Hound. Any deviation from the below described dog must be penalized to the extent of the deviation.

Taking Care Of Your Pharaoh Hound

Although this dog can get its physical requirements taken care of by a long walk on the leash or the occasional jog, it is most happy when given the opportunity to run long distances or sprint dashes through an open field. Pharaoh Hounds should not be expected to sleep outdoors and must rest comfortably by given a warm, soft bed. Grooming maintenance is low, with only the occasional brushing once per week to remove any dead hair.

Health Information

The Pharaoh Hound dog breed is considered to be one of the healthiest dogs recognized by the AKC. Because of their pure bloodline, there are absolutely no major health concerns or minor health issues to worry about. Healthy Pharaoh Hounds can have a lifespan of anywhere between 10 and 15 years.

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