An Ancient Egyptian descendant of the Tesem
Loyal, Smart, fast, and strong. Excellent GuardDog.
The Pharaoh Hound, one of the oldest domesticated dogs in recorded history, traces his lineage to roughly 3000 B. C. It, along with other breeds, are thought to be direct descendants of the now extinct ancient dog breed known as the Tesem. The Pharaoh Hound is a very strong, noble, loyal and intelligent dog breed. They are easy to train and very fast. They do very well with children. They are excellent sight hounds and have been used widely for rabbit hunts. They are also excellent guard dogs and due to their excellent ears and eyes will spot a stranger before you do. The prevailing theory suggests that Phoenicians introduced the Pharaoh to Malta, where they were used as rabbit hunters. In 1979, the Pharaoh was named the national hound of Malta. This breed didn’t become recognized by the AKC until 1983.