The Pharaoh dog is such a fascinating dog from its extreme intelligence to its infamous independence. The "blush" of the Pharaoh has made it a topic of much conversation, especially when they manage to do it from their owner's command.
Ever so popular, the Pharaoh dog is the national dog of Malta. It is here that it is called Kelb tal-Fenek, which means "rabbit hound". A rabbit hound is what they were originally bred for.
Did you know that of all the breeds registered in the hound group, the Pharaoh is the only one to take a place in the group level in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? However, in the American Kennel Club, in 2005, they were ranked 141 out of the 154 breeds of dogs that were registered.
The first Pharaoh hound was brought to the United States in 1967, many years after they were developed. The first litter was born in the United States in 1970. They weren't recognized in the studbooks until 1983. They are one of the oldest domestic dogs in the history of recorded dogs.
The skin of the Pharaoh is so sensitive that you can use human shampoo when bathing them.
When the Pharaoh competes in obedience trials and events, it is more of an accomplishment then for many other breeds because of their stubbornness and independence.
Although the Pharaoh dog is a very healthy dog not prone to many canine health problems, they are very sensitive to medication and insecticides.
The Pharaoh dog has long been respected and honored in its homeland. An example in 1935 is a burial tomb of a Pharaoh dog in a cemetery near the Pyramid of Cheops at Giza. As a tribute to the dog and so the dog would be honored before the great God Anubis, his owner had the inscription, "The dog which was the guard of His Majesty, Abuwtiyuw is his name." on the tombstone.
There are many adoption places where you may become a proud owner of a Pharaoh. You only need to fill out an application and prove that you are qualified to provide them a home. Having the dog spayed or neutered is also required as a means to prevent accidental pregnancies that can result in unwanted puppies. There are also many Pharaoh adult dogs ready for "retirement" that are looking for good homes. They are listed on many of the Pharaoh sites.
It is believed that you can only trick a Pharaoh dog once. They are much too intelligent to be tricked twice. They can understand a lot of what humans are saying as well, even when they are not speaking to the dog. As curious as the Pharaoh dog is, if you value something in your home, hide it or you may not find it again.