ALL ABOUT PHARAOH HOUNDS: EGYPT’S ANCIENT DOG BREED


– [Announcer] Dogumentary TV, producing the best breed documentaries. (dog barking) (upbeat music) – My name is Robert
Newman, and I have been involved with Pharaoh Hounds
for the last 15 years. I am currently the president of the Pharaoh Hound Club of America. So, the way I discovered
the Pharaoh Hound breed, is I was originally looking
to adopt a Greyhound. And, at the time, I
had multiple small dogs in my house, and they said that perhaps a retired racing Greyhound was not a good match for small dogs. And, I loved the look of the Greyhound, and the Pharaoh Hound,
obviously, is very similar. The story about Pharaoh
Hounds and their history is that they were originally imported by Phoenecian traders
onto the island of Malta. And, that is where they
originally became known. The use for the Pharaoh Hound, and what they originally used for, was for rabbit hunting. And, their actual name
on the island of Malta, is Kelb tal-Fenek, which
means the rabbit dog. The American Kennel Club parent club, which is the Pharaoh
Hound Club of America, that is the only club
recognized by the AKC in terms of the Pharaoh Hound breed, established the standard
for the Pharaoh Hound. The standard in terms
of heights for males, would be 23 to 25 inches in height. And, for bitches, or females, it would be 22 to 24 inches in height. With weight ranging,
probably between 35 pounds for a small female to 55 pounds for a male at the top of the standard. Interestingly in the
Pharaoh Hound standard there are no disqualifications in terms of height, weight, except for,
the only disqualification under the American Kennel
Club is any Pharaoh Hound that has a solid white mark on the back of its neck, or on its side. The gene that carries white
markings within the breed, if that gets overbred and
the white spreads too far, it deviates too much from the standard. In terms of this AKC
standard with respect to the head and specifically the ears, the ears should be held upright, they are not cropped,
they are natural ears. They should be held
erect, not to the sides, giving it a Yoda type
look, which is undesirable, and not too closely held together. But, upright and erect. Sight hounds versus scent hounds, it’s really a designation of
what that particular hound uses as its primary hunting source. So, a sight hound is a
hound that hunts by sight. Versus, for instance, a
Bloodhound, which is a scent hound, and hunts primarily based on scent. The Pharaoh Hound is actually considered both a sight and scent hound. In terms of the history
of the Pharaoh Hound, there’s a bit of controversy. You ask Pharaoh Hound
owners, and they’ll tell you, that the Pharaoh Hound is
the oldest documented breed of domesticated dog, and is actually found within tombs in Egypt, and depictions of the Pharaoh Hound can be found there. In terms of connection
of the Pharaoh Hound to other hound breeds,
they are all obviously somewhat related, the Saluki for instance, is another ancient hound
breed that is a sight hound, as well as the Greyhound. In terms of the exact
genetic relationship, or if one came from the other, that’s pretty much unknown. Another interesting fact
about the Pharaoh Hound in terms of its use for hunting, and what’s recognized
in the breed standard, is a white tip on the
tail of the Pharaoh Hound is considered desirable. And, that is believed to
be because of the fact that they would go out and hunt, and it was on very rocky
and cavernous terrain. And, the Pharaoh Hound farmers who used them for rabbit hunting,
would be able to see when they had spotted a
rabbit because their head would go down, their tails
would go straight up in the air, and they would see the white
tail tip on the Pharaoh Hound. It’s also rumored that
farmers used Pharaoh Hounds with actual ferrets when hunting. When the Pharaoh Hound
would chase the rabbit, and the rabbit would go into a hole, they would then send in the
ferret to flush the rabbit out. The one thing in terms
of having a Pharaoh Hound as a pet that all potential
pet owners should know, is that the Pharaoh Hound
is a very vocal breed. If you are close to neighbors, or if you are gone for
extended periods of time, the Pharaoh Hound may not
be the right pet for you. Because they are a very vocal breed, and they will bark both at their displeasure and for pleasure. So, my trick is when, every
Pharaoh Hound that I’ve gotten, the first trick that I’ve
taught my Pharaoh Hounds are to speak on command,
so that I was able to then turn that off and
not reward that behavior when I didn’t ask for it. But, they are a very vocal breed. Like all sight hounds, the Pharaoh Hound is not what one would
typically call a cuddly dog. However, they are an
incredibly affectionate dog with their owners. The breed says that they may be aloof, particularly with
strangers, but in terms of their own family, they
usually get very connected to at least one person,
and that is the person that they probably exhibit
the most affection for. When they, another interesting thing about the Pharaoh Hound, is
when they become excited, or pleased with something, they are known as a dog that blushes. So, their face, the insides of their ears, and their chest area will
all flush a bright red color. So, they’re called the blushing dog. Pharaoh Hounds are also incredibly good, typically, with children. Cats may be a different story. Animal aggression with
a Pharaoh Hound is rare, however they do have an innate instinct to hunt and to chase. So, unless your Pharaoh Hound is raised from a very young age around cats, you would need to use a lot
of, exercise a lot of caution when introducing a Pharaoh Hound, particularly an older
Pharaoh Hound, to cat. The socialization for the Pharaoh Hound, particularly at a young age,
is absolutely essential. So, socialization of the Pharaoh Hound, particularly at a young age,
is absolutely essential. They’re a sight hound, which means because they can be aloof,
they’re not socialized at a young age, meeting
strangers, going to new places where there are different
sounds and sights and noises, is really going to
potentially give you a dog that is skittish, or standoffish. Which we don’t want, the
Pharaoh Hound standard says the dog should be
affectionate and friendly. The best way to accomplish that is early, early socialization. In terms of training, the Pharaoh Hound is incredibly easy to train. Partly because they are an
incredibly food motivated dog, which always makes training easier. However, they’re also a stubborn dog, and can be unpredictable at times. That’s why we never
recommend that Pharaoh Hounds are off leash in an area
that’s not completely enclosed. I can’t stress enough, they
are not an off leash breed because no matter how well
trained your Pharaoh Hound may be, they are sight hounds. If they spot something a quarter of a mile down the road, that you may not even see, and they’re off leash, no
matter how well trained, if that Pharaoh Hound
decides it’s going to go after whatever it’s spotted,
the dog won’t come back. So, it’s very dangerous for the dog. So, they are not an off leash breed unless they’re in a contained environment. They are very trainable,
however, with a small stubborn streak, and a
wide mischievous streak. So, the right personality
for a Pharaoh Hound owner be somebody who’s fairly
active, who it’s not, this is not a dog that’s going
to be content being housed inside 23 hours out of the day, or laying around on the couch. They are an active, busy breed. They need to be exercised,
they need to be worked, they need to be active,
because if you don’t give them that kind of activity, their frustration will manifest itself in chewing and other
destructive behaviors. So, the Pharaoh Hound
is a breed that needs a fair amount of exercise,
it’s certainly not a couch dog, or a lap dog. There are many activities
that the Pharaoh Hound can engage in, not only dog
showing, or confirmation. But also, Pharaoh Hounds, a lot of them typically compete in lure coarsing events where they’ll be out on the field, and they chase after a simulated rabbit. Great exercise for
them, and also obviously employs their natural hunting instinct. The ideal home for the Pharaoh Hound is a home that has a
backyard that’s obviously needs to be completely fenced. We recommend, the Pharaoh
Hound Club of America, recommends that Pharaoh
Hounds have a backyard with no less than a six foot fence, because Pharaoh Hounds can
scale anything lower than that. So, that’s the ideal home. They certainly can live in an apartment, or in a condominium. That’s just going to increase, with no backyard, it’s going to increase the amount of activity that you’re going to have to do outside of the home. In terms of the health
of the Pharaoh Hound, we are a breed that has been very lucky in terms of genetic diseases. They are a very healthy breed, not subject to a lot of genetic issues. We do see cancer at times in the breed. And, there are other issues. But, no serious genetic issues that pop up with a lot of frequency. The life expectancy of the Pharaoh Hound is typically 12 to 15 years. Another issue that Pharaoh Hound owners should be aware of, is within
the Pharaoh Hound community we all know what the phrase
counter-surfer means. And, that is because Pharaoh Hounds are notorious for stealing
food off kitchen counters. And, they do it with amazing
stealth and amazing efficiency. They are a really somewhat
goofy and clownish breed. They are incredibly entertaining. When they get excited they also smile, and will show you all their teeth, when they’re excited or happy to see you. They are a very smart, and
goofy, clownish sort of breed. So, the first dog that I showed you today, his name is Wink. He came from an incredibly special litter, and has accomplished really great things. He is a best in show winner. He has won, he is a multiple Pharaoh Hound Club of America national specialty winner. He is a multiple hound group winner. He is a hound show, best in show winner. He also competes in lure coursing. He is a multiple best in field winner. And, last year he was the number one Pharaoh Hound in the United States. And then, the second dog that you saw was Wink’s son, from the first litter that he is the sire of. And, his name is Walker. He’s very young, he’s at 14 months old. Dog’s can’t compete in confirmation until they’re six months old. So, I began showing Walker
when he was six months old. And, at eight and a half months, he had finished his
confirmation championship. Very, very early, very rare that a dog has finished his
confirmation championship. He accomplished that
by going best of breed over dogs that were already champions. Interestingly, I had
never seen a Pharaoh Hound in person before my first
one arrived from New York. And, I will tell you that from the moment that dog came out of his
crate from the airplane, I fell in love with the breed. They are unlike any other breed, and I’ve had a lot of
different breeds of dogs. They are unique in their characteristics, in their personalities, and they’re an incredibly special, special breed.

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77 Responses

  1. Kay B says:

    First! I’ve never been here so early before

  2. Jarijah Y. says:

    Is this a repost? I saw this, this morning 14 hours ago

  3. Cane corso House says:

    love the history of that dog.

  4. Oliver Murphy says:

    Cool looking dog.

  5. Banish Baral says:

    Your new subscriber.
    Lot's of love from Nepal.

  6. You Can't Stop The Scout says:

    That dog is beautiful!

  7. Nick Hall says:

    Them bitches are crazy looking

  8. Shann Ruggles says:

    😁😍🤗

  9. Niiles Punkari says:

    It is fascinating how people get so fond of a dog breed. I my selves love all dogs; and, even if I try I simply cannot point a favored dog breed.

  10. T Money says:

    Looks similar to a Doberman.

  11. Peter Motta says:

    Very elegant dog with pretty cool ears! Thanks for sharing 😀 👍

  12. STG StoneTowerGames says:

    Oh yes bitches ahahah

  13. Jacob Oliver says:

    Not off leash dogs but hunters used them to hunt rabbits in the field? Am I missing something

  14. Anthony Taylor says:

    A video on working healers would be awesome! 🙂

  15. potanamu okay says:

    i got u bro!

  16. William Griffin says:

    Great video!

  17. SunsetLynxx says:

    Ibizan hound next please!!!!??

  18. Slim Nasty says:

    Hey Can you do a video on the Turkish mastiff my number 1 favorite dog today but i have minimal information on the breed

  19. Teo P says:

    One of the most beautiful dog breeds in the world.
    Please do a video on its smaller cousin, the Sicilian Cirneco dell' Etna 😁

  20. Viktor Magnevill says:

    Please do one on Afghan hounds!!

  21. Callsign Lykos says:

    Love the content! Can you do a video on Texas Heelers??

  22. esrajp says:

    Really similar to cretan hound.

  23. Cam Dory says:

    Hey Zeke I love your videos man I watch you everyday. Hey umm can you do an Update video on Am staffs

  24. The Sandwich says:

    Hi, i have been watching you on yt for a while now and your videos are awsome!
    I just wonderd IF you culd make a video on the sweadish mastiff the: dalbo hund – the breed is now extinkt but i would enjoy the video.
    I am from sweaden so sorry for bad english<3

  25. Rachel Landis says:

    Thank you for making informative and beautifully done videos to spread the word on purposely bred purebred dogs!

  26. EmpireGait Bully says:

    Beautiful looking dog, sleek and elegant. A bit too tall for my liking and the constant barking is a no no but other than that it's a good looking dog… Another great video bro 👍👍 "The best breed documentary on YT"……… 🙏😔 👊😎🍻

  27. Samuel Garcia says:

    Ik it’s gonna be stupid but can you do the chihuahua

  28. Chinmay Deshmukh says:

    Zeke, you should do a video on golden doodles as their popularity is rising very fast!!!!!

  29. Demotivator TV says:

    Like your channel, great work. Surprisingly, i didnt see the dog breed, i am considering. The dog of majorque (aka: ca de bou).
    Great bread from spain

  30. Vishnu Sudheer says:

    Please do a video on living with german shepherd.

  31. Taylor McAree says:

    Yay love the video. Bring on more sighthound videos!

  32. Augustya Sing says:

    can you plz do a dogumentary . . . on Komondors and Puli . . ..

  33. Anneliese Diaz says:

    Thank you for starting on sighthounds! Waiting for the video on salukis!

  34. Savannah Simmons says:

    Can you please do a video about the Australian koolie? I have 1 and I love the breed

  35. Mike Ortega says:

    Never trust a guy with a flexi leash

  36. Antonya Winchester says:

    Can you do a documentary with a Canis Panther?

  37. Jay Jay says:

    Just found your channel, great video I'm subscribing 👍

  38. Lovejoy Finn says:

    Very interesting dog breed, and nice looking ears!

  39. spicy noodles says:

    You should try to find a polish tatra sheep dog

  40. YALNEVA TEKOFREEDOM says:

    this is the 2nd video you've done that I've looked at!
    you called saluki the desert dog, now still denounce the fact the purebred (greyhound) is the creature of Egypt!
    it (greyhound) is all over the Egyptian hyroglifics and the only breed named by name in the gospel!

  41. The Pigeon Girl ASMR says:

    I have a 4-month-old Pharoh Hound Puppy

  42. Genesis Kravitz says:

    Actually a great looking dog. Gorgeous posture.

  43. Berit Toome says:

    Ibizan hound next, please please please

  44. Catherine Fraser says:

    I love hounds

  45. Johnny Rook says:

    Egyptians weren't just cat people. 🙂

  46. BE HEARTYAN says:

    Can you do a video with Indian dog breed
    1.kanni
    2.rajapalaiyam
    3.chippiparai
    4.kombai
    5.bully kutta
    6.mudhol hound

    This dogs are really better than other

    Check about this and comment

  47. Mrs. Cracker says:

    Gorgeous dogs. Thank you for sharing!

  48. Yana Elizaveta says:

    2:01 “and for bitches, for females”. 😂 I know that’s correct terminology but I find that funny still

  49. Yana Elizaveta says:

    The whole ‘ear holding thing made me unreasonably angry. The way dogs hold their ears (sideways, back, forward, anything) is a display of emotion. You won’t find a dog that’s gonna hold it’s ears up 24/7 that’s ridiculous.

  50. Dogworld Me says:

    I won't to own one of these dogs some day😍 I've been in love with them for about half a year and haven't stopped

  51. Tammy Leeder Whitaker says:

    My daughter has a dog that looks like a pharoah dog. Amazing… Dropped out of time for her.

  52. Yvonne Turner says:

    Take off the leash in a good environment that they are trained to. Mischievous making little buggers

  53. Yvonne Turner says:

    Absolutely LOVE this breed

  54. Yvonne Turner says:

    Site Hounds need to be FREE

  55. McG_DK says:

    Beautiful dogs

  56. Gypsy Sammael says:

    do the mexican hairless, exotic dog!

  57. RyeLynn says:

    Can you do one on Ibizan hounds!!! They are one of my favorite dogs!

  58. mightytaiger says:

    Thank you so much for making this series with professionals. I volunteer at a shelter and people getting a dog, completely misinformed on the breed traits, and just for the look of the dog, is a big issue that ends up with the dogs getting the short end of it. This is good information to put out so that people adopt dogs more suitable to their lifestyles, which in turn will keep dogs from being drop off at the shelter because the people can't handle them.
    Looking forward to seeing more dogumentaries on other breeds.

  59. Dapinder Singh says:

    @1:59 Bitches lollll

  60. Carrie Spider says:

    Its a Podenco.. I think its a good thing this guy makes the breed a fancy charisma but geesh..

  61. Lucy Buchanan Barnes says:

    To be honest these dogs aren’t in Egyptian pyramids or tombs because the god of death Anubis wasn’t a pharaoh hound it was an black Jackal.So the nearest thing of „this dog was in Egyptian pharaoh tombs“ is that this breed came from an jackal and looks similar to it.

    ‼️JACKALS WERE IN EGYPTIAN TOMBS NOT THIS DOG BREED‼️

  62. Claudia mariani says:

    This dog actually originated in the island of Malta off of the coast of Sicily . Had no idea

  63. JB flow says:

    breed his ears into the dobermann

  64. Frida says:

    When he talked about Saluki, we see a shaved Afghan, and when he said Greyhound, I'm pretty sure those were Whippets…

  65. Sayuri Kitamura says:

    Hi😊 love your videos! Do you have one about the Xolo (Mexican hairless dog)?

  66. LosKonfleis says:

    This guy sounds terrible

  67. kush god says:

    i think i got a pharaoh hound mix but shes black

  68. abnor marika says:

    Very accurate and interesting look in the breed. Thank you.

  69. José da Cunha Filho says:

    Two months ago, I rescued a mutt in Rio de Janeiro, about 10 months old, she had scabies, was starved, dehydrated and in horrible shape. Today (after intense treatment) she is another dog altogether, and it is remarkable how much she resembles the Pharaoh Hound in every detail; from the ears to the tail, the nose, color, nose, eyes, shape of the body, and (as I have learned here) the behaviour is the same as well, even the "stealing food from kitchen counters!". I know for a fact she isn't from this breed because the only kennel that breeds PH's is in São Paulo, but looking at photos and films it is quite remarkable the resemblance.

  70. Eloise Cecil says:

    I have a female pharaoh hound named penny

  71. Bobby Bell says:

    I WANT ONE❤❤❤❤

  72. King SVK says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra9e-wwUN_w

  73. yy w. says:

    very long nect.

  74. cali420king says:

    Are there black pharaoh hounds?

  75. thiagu dX says:

    Hi Robert… did you Like Indian BREEDS… Indian hound

  76. Kaneda says:

    If you get this dog and don't call it Anubis what are you doing

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