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Pharaoh Hound

Origin: Malta

AKC Group: Hound

Height: 21 - 25 inches (Male)

Weight: 45 - 60 pounds (Male)

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Pharaoh Hounds are playful, lovable and athletic. They're great jumpers that need lots of running exercise. Pharaohs are suspicious of strangers, and sometimes aggressive toward small animals. Some breeders say this breed blushes when it's excited --i ts nose, ears and eyes turn pink.

Pharoahs are hound dogs. Because they're great at sniffing and exploring, hounds were originally used to trail rabbits, foxes and other small mammals. In general, most hounds are good-natured dogs that make loving companions if trained properly. Hounds are sometimes stubborn, though, so training may take a while.

Most hounds need rigorous physical exercise, so daily walks and runs are a must. Never let a hound off a leash unless it's in an enclosed area, because it will take off if it picks up a scent. Hounds are barkers and howlers, and they're sometimes hard to housebreak.

Male height: 
21 - 25 inches
Male weight: 
45 - 60 pounds
Hard and short.
Tannish or reddish. Usually has white markings on its chest, tail, toes and face. Eyes are amber; nose is flesh-colored.
Special considerations: 
Pharaohs are sensitive to medication, even flea powder.
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