Definition of Pharaoh hound in English:

Pharaoh hound


  • A hunting dog of a short-coated tan-coloured breed with large, pointed ears.

    • ‘A Pharaoh Hound is excellent as a watchdog. They are very inquisitive and inspect the area where they walk every day in minute detail.’
    • ‘Pharaoh Hounds are thought to be a very old breed of dog, with minimal changes over the years. They are similar in appearance to the dogs associated with drawings on ancient Egyptian structures.’


1960s: so named because the breed is said to have been first introduced to Gozo and Malta by Phoenician sailors.