Because the history of Egypt is so well documented in paintings and hieroglyphics, we know that the Pharaoh Hound dates back well before the year 3000 B.C., making it one of the oldest known dog breeds. In Egypt, Pharaoh Hounds were celebrated for their remarkable hunting abilities and for forming close relationships with their family members.
Though they are an ancient breed, they did not make their debut in the United States until 1967. Although not a very common breed, their kindness and intelligence make them a thoughtful, gentle addition to any home. They are eager to learn and can excel at obedience trials.
Being both an excellent sight and scent hound, the Pharaoh Hound will require daily exercise. And when you do take her out, be very aware of your surroundings – due to her hunting background, she’s liable to take off after small prey (and given her speed, it’s unlikely you’ll catch her easily once she’s off!). Grooming is a cinch, though, as her short coat needs little upkeep.
Because they are not as commonly bred, Pharaoh Hounds have a history of being very healthy dogs. However, they may still be prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Pharaoh Hounds may be prone to include eye conditions such as retinal dysplasia; joint conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia; and skin conditions such as atopy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Pharaoh Hound inherits more than just a need for speed, you’re covered.