The Pharaoh Hound or Pharaoh Hound, It is a breed of dog of the family of the Podencos Malta native. It is the Maltese national race, and it is known in Maltese as 'Kelb - such Fenek' (conejero dog).
Various genetic studies in recent years have come to conclude that contrary to widespread belief that the hound is a type of imported primitive dog makes a 3.000 the area of middle years, These dogs really are close genetic relationship with the rest of European hunting dogs and are not more “primitive” the majority of them (See study on canine genome).
However, Legend has it that this is the dog that the Egyptian pharaohs both admired. If so, This race would be no less than eight thousand years. It is known that the Pharaoh hound or Pharaoh Hound modern comes from the island of Malta, in the Mediterranean, where was possibly brought by the Phoenicians.
Although the issue of the origin of breeds dog always seems to be stained by a veil of uncertainty, many authors agree that the Pharaoh Hound is a breed known since the times of the ancient Egyptians and the Pharaohs themselves where not be named. This breed arrived in Spain with the Saracens.
As he tells the existing literature on the breed, came to Great Britain in 1920 from the island of Malta. And that spark in the story is that explains why the Federation Cynologique Internationale It classifies this breed of dog under the banner of Malta and Great Britain...
The reason is because currently, the Pharaoh Hound breeding occurs exclusively in Great Britain and the spread is almost unlimited. Which means that you outside of Great Britain, It is not very easy to see copies of this elegant breed of dog.
Haughty and delgado, the Pharaoh Hound is a dog of size medium with well-defined lines, elegant and noble porte.
The height in the males is of 55 to 63 cm., and weigh in 10 to 12 kg; the females measure of 52 to 61 cm to the cross, and weigh in 8 to 10 kg. If born with a tail does not lack that ampute you.
The belly is fine and the back straight and strong. The body consists of large muscles, line dry.
Has the head triangular, almost without stop, the eyes Amber blend with the mantle, they are oval and slightly sunken. The ears they are inserted to half-height, Reprint alert to carry them, they are wide at its base and thin and long.
The tail is curved and carries low, but when he is happy he has been in high.
Its fur is fine, short and glossy. In some cases it may be a little rough to the touch. The color fur is reddish brown clear to reddish brown dark with white markings. According to the standard, the white tail is highly desirable.
Also, is supported in the standard to submit a white mark on the chest and white fingertips, even a white stripe on the centerline of the face.
Character and skills
With regard to its origins was born as a dog to the House of hares, rabbits and wild animals of pen, to exercise its role as Hunter using the sense of smell and the view, is a passionate Hunter.
The Pharaoh Hound is a dog ideal for family living because it is nice, playful, lively, faithful to his master showing you love, Gets along well with other animals. It is prized as a pet for his great loyalty.
Although it can live in apartments, It is preferable that you live in larger sites, with corners in the open air where it can run with joy.
Their care and education do not require special attention, It is a very intelligent and balanced dog. With a proper puppy socialization, will suffice.
The Pharaoh Hound is very similar to the Cirneco dell'Etna Italian.
- Otros nombres: Kelb tal-Fenek / Podenco Faraónico / Perro de los Faraones / Pharaonenhund / Chien du Pharaon.
- Group 5 / section 6 -Primitive type.
Dogs breeds: Pharaoh Hound