The Pharaoh Hound is one of the oldest known domestic dogs. The antiquity of these Egyptian Hounds is proved by the many sculptured delineations and decorative friezes on Egyptian temples and tombs dating back to 4400 B.C.
It is thought that the Phoenicians brought the Pharaoh Hound from Egypt to the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. There, the breed existed for over 2000 years, surviving in its purest form. The Pharaoh Hound is intelligent, fun-loving and affectionate and is an excellent housedog, obedience dog and courser. He is a clean dog and his short odor-free coat requires little grooming.
Pharaoh Hounds “blush” and when excited, their noses and the inside of the ears turn a rosy pink color. It is also common for them to “smile”, although not all of them do.
One of the remarkable facts about the Pharaoh Hounds today is that they have remained unchanged from those hounds depicted in ancient Egyptian tombs. Reliefs of them hunting can be found in the tomb chapel of Mereruwka and in the tomb chapel of Senbi, for example.
Kelb-Tal-Fenek, their Maltese breed name, means “dog of the rabbit.”