The Pharaoh hound has been around for many years and has served many roles. In addition to their ability as a show dog, a companion and family dog, they also make excellent working dogs. From the time they were developed over 2,000 years ago, they were effective working dogs. They fulfilled the role of a hunting dog hunting rabbits and small game. They were also in charge of assisting the shepherds in guarding the flocks.
They still have the role of guarding and herding flocks today. They know where the flock should be and manage to always keep it in their watchful eye guarding it from other animals or harm.
The Pharaoh dog is often used in the role of a therapy dog. A therapy dog is just what the name implies. The dog goes to different hospitals, nursing homes and institutions that are in the dog's location and act as a healing benefit to the patients. They also go to places like the Veterans Administration Hospitals, juvenile delinquent homes and homes for the mentally or emotionally ill. They work as a deterrent to keep the patient's mind off their problems or concerns and concentrate instead on the dog.
Their interaction with the dog has shown to be very therapeutic for patients. It has been proven medically that elderly patients live longer when they have a pet to take care of and love. For a dog to be eligible and qualified to be a therapy dog, they have to be of the utmost character, intelligence and behavior. The Pharaoh dog, when trained, is more than qualified.
Another program that the Pharaoh dog works towards achieving is the Canine Good Citizen Program. This program will determine that the dog is not only a good companion to his owner, but is a respected member of society and their community. They also have to be able to be trained and taught to always behave whether they are in their home, in public places or any place where their behavior is a reflection on the dog.
Unlike many dog events, the Canine Good Citizen Test is not competitive with other dogs, but rather an award one dog can earn by himself. Some of the conditions are that the dog be the kind of dog you would want to own, that they are safe around all children that you would want as a neighbor dog and a dog that makes its family happy.
The Pharaoh dog is also used as a K-9 dog as an assistant to police departments and rescue workers. The dog has to be of sound mind and body, extensively trained to be loyal to its owner, and to protect its owner at all costs. Most K-9 dogs are owned by and live with the officer they work with as a way to further the bond.