Caring for the short, glossy coat is a snap.
The Maltese people were excellent caretakers of their glossy rabbit hounds, breeding them true since Biblical times. Today’s Pharaohs retain the qualities that made them premium hunters: blazing speed, keen eyesight, alertness, and eagerness to please. Today’s owners appreciate the breed’s trainability, low-maintenance coat, and lack of doggy odor. Stealthy and catlike, Pharaohs are calm and affectionate at home and known to be excellent with kids. Like all coursing hounds, Pharaohs need room to rev up their engines and fly like the wind.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Pharaoh Hounds is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 11 to 13 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming with a soft brush, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Intelligent, friendly and playful, the Pharaoh Hound is affectionate with its family. Extremely athletic, they require daily exercise, but should be kept in a fenced area, as they possess a great keenness for hunting and may try to chase after small animals. Because of this, they are not good candidates for off-leash exercise unless in a securely fenced-in area. Remember that this is a hunting breed, and given the opportunity, they will go off hunting on their own.
Pharaoh Hound &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, Good breeders will test their breeding dogs, and often their siblings, for the diseases that might crop up in our breed. This can include many tests and most often consist of x-rays for hip health, blood tests for thyroid, and veterinary examinations for knee health. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Pharaoh Hounds are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Pharaoh Hound can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.