The Pharaoh is a breed of dog in the hound family. When we think of hounds, we think of hunting hounds that don't do much more than hunt. There is much more to the makeup of the Pharaoh hound dog.
The Pharaoh hound dog is a very intelligent, loyal and loving dog. In spite of these positive attributes, the Pharaoh is also a very independent dog, sometimes almost to a fault. The Pharaoh has a great personality despite his occasional aloofness. They seem to have an almost arrogant attitude at times, feeling that they are on top of the world and better than everyone else is. Although this appears like a strange description for a dog, it is exactly how the Pharaoh presents himself. The proof of this is in the "blush" they can show on their face when they are pleased with themselves over something they've done or received.
Even though the Pharaoh is very easy to get along with, they do not like the feeling of not being in control. Training them is very easy if they are asked to do something that they feel is appropriate or not out of line for them to do. They are very independent animals who often feel they know better than their owners, often questioning their owner's judgment. Many owners feel that their Pharaoh tends to act as though they are human instead of a dog.
They are great with children and feel it is their responsibility to keep the children entertained. This is a task they take very seriously and do with pleasure. Instead of the children taking care of and watching over the dog, it is almost the opposite with the dog feeling it is his job to watch the children.
When new guests come to your home, you can try to get the Pharaoh to warm up them to no avail, as they will do it when they are ready. They will not be ready until they feel this person is trustworthy. The person cannot be forced on this dog. They are very discriminatory as to who they like and trust. With this dog, trust and respect has to be earned. They are not a dog that can be forced to associate with anyone until they decide they are ready. This is true with most dogs, but the Pharaoh is very serious about this.
Their independence often interferes or slows down their training, especially obedience training. Although they are a very well behaved dog once they've been trained, training has to be given to them in a way that they approve. The pharaoh is not a dog that you can pull a fast one on just because they are a dog. Because of this independence, they often need to be watched more closely than the average dog. You definitely have met your match when you own this wonderfully brilliant breed of dog.