The Pharaoh Hound can live in an apartment as long as she can get frequent runs on the leash through jogging, bike riding or other forms of running. She is a very fast runner and needs to stretch her legs occasionally. Her short coat means that she does better in warmer climates. She is a chaser so beware of other pets. She should not be trusted off the leash as she will take off after a scent or moving object and may be hard to catch. She can jump very high so if you are going to fence an area for exercise, keep that in mind. She generally does like children and she is very affectionate. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

*Approximate Adult Size.

The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Pharaoh Hound is 23 to 25 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 45 to 55 pounds. The female ranges from 21 to 24 inches to the withers and 45 to 55 pounds.

*Special Health Considerations.

Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Pharaoh Hound is no exception. Although considered an extremely healthy breed, be on the look out for bleeding disorders, heart disease and sensitivity to medicines, insecticides and flea collars. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.


The Pharaoh Hound has a short and glossy coat which is very easy to care for. Brush occasionally to remove dead hair. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.

*Life Span.

The Pharaoh Hound can live between 11 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.


The Pharaoh Hound comes from Egypt. They are considered one of the oldest domesticated dogs in the world. They were used to chase down small game. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1983.

    • Friendly, Smart, Noble
    • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 172 of 193
    • Height: 23-25 inches (male), 21-24 inches (female)
    • Weight: 45-55 pounds
    • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
    • Group: Hound Group

Pharaoh Hound Club of America, Inc.

The Pharaoh Hound Club of America, Inc. was organized in 1970 by Mrs. Rita Laventhall-Sacks, with the help of Ruth Taft-Harper, Elaine and Dexter Linn and Kathryn Benson, who recognized the need to unite Pharaoh Hound breeders and owners across the country, to ensure the continued integrity of the breed they had come to so admire.

The monumental task of establishing the The Pharaoh Hound Club of America registry and stud book fell on Mrs. Laventhall-Sacks. Mrs. Sacks maintained the Registry and the painstaking job of creating an accurate stud book was taken over by Mrs. Sacks’ daughter, Laurie Laventhall. On January 1, 1984, the Pharaoh Hound was officially welcomed into the Hound Group by the American Kennel Club.

Today, the The Pharaoh Hound Club of America boasts a membership in excess of one hundred members throughout the United States, Australia, Canada and Europe. It is made up of people with varying degrees of interest and experience in the breed …. with one thing in common … the love, appreciation and devotion to the Pharaoh Hound.

The Pharaoh Hound Club of America, Inc. conducts one general membership meeting each year in conjunction with it’s National Specialty dog show.

The PHCA hosts three specialty shows annually; a National Specialty, an Eastern Regional specialty and a Western Regional specialty. In addition, we support several shows and lure trials each year with official sanction and trophies.

To be placed on our mailing list for more information on these events, contact PHCA Recording Secretary, Theresa Harper