The Pharaoh Hound, also known as the Kelb Tal-Fenek and the Kleb tal Fennec (meaning “rabbit dog), is one of the very oldest of all domestic dogs. In 1979, a silver coin with the likeness of a Pharaoh Hound was minted to commemorate the breed as the National Dog of Malta. This is an elegant, graceful and friendly dog that excels at both sight and scent hunting and also makes a remarkable family companion. Pharaoh Hounds have huge upright ears and haunting amber eyes. They are known for their distinctive smile, as they tend to show their pearly whites when they are happy or otherwise excited. Another feature of this breed is that they do not develop a “doggy” smell, even when wet.
The mature male Pharaoh Hound should stand 23 to 25 inches at the withers; bitches should be 21 to 24 inches in height. Adults typically weigh between 45 and 55 pounds. Their short, glossy coat ranges from rich tan to burnished chestnut, with some white markings being allowed. This is an easy-to-care-for breed, with an occasional brushing being all that typically is necessary.