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Egyptian dog: Pharaon Hound


Egyptian dog, but this is not an Egyptian Pharaon Hound. Indeed, it would appear to be a Maltese national dog, now under the patronage of Great Britain. The name of egyptian dog it is only linked to a strong resemblance to his colleagues who in ancient times were depicted in ancient paintings but have come up to date, Studied, admired. Sometimes even brought back to life, passing as egyptian dog, an animal of other origins, or wearing an Egyptian pharaoh costume with a carnival tone.

The egyptian dog, let's call it so to be clear, it is also the dog of the pharaohs and belongs to the group of greyhounds, it falls within the "spitz and primitive type dogs" and is in good company with other similar 4-legged ones such as Akita, American Akita, Chow Chow, Eurasier, Hokkaido, Kai, Kishu, Korea Jindo Dog, Shiba, Shikoku and Japanese Spitz.

Too bad for the confusion, on the origin of the egyptian dog, an illusion for lovers of the Egyptian people, because recent and increasingly numerous studies do not confirm a direct lineage with the people of the pharaohs, We must resign ourselves, put aside the dream of being able to true today to deal with the dog of Cleopatra & co: it would be a strong emotion, but we lower the red, black and white flag.


But let's see if it looks so much like hieroglyph dogs that it almost deserves an honorary citizenship in Egypt. The egyptian dog it is a medium-sized animal: the males have a height of about 56-65 cm and a weight of 25 kg, the females a few cm less and, consequently, are about 5 kg lighter.

Being from hieroglyphics, even if only of fame, the egyptian dog he keeps his head up, so his appearance is elegant, distinguished: he seems to be noble. To give support to his style, follows the body: well proportioned and robust, full of well distributed and never "exaggerated" muscles.

To characterize his physique that, written like this, more than gives egyptian dog, it looks like a classical Greek statue, there is a slightly oblique back, a slightly lowered torso, straight forelimbs while the hind legs are more robust and strong. The head is also all from egyptian dog and it is probably one of the traits that fooled origin seekers. A comparison can be made with these fridge magnets to keep under your eyes when feeding.

The triangular shape of the head, the flattened, inclined and well chiseled skull, the slightly longer muzzle make the head of the egyptian dog similar to a blunt wedge. There are set the eyes, small, amber or light brown, hollow but not protruding, even if they stand out because they are very expressive, a sign of great intelligence and cunning of the specimen.

Consistent with the long-limbed ensemble so far described for a breed like the egyptian dog, to "decorate" the head are the ears: high, large, elongated, and, like everything else, it goes without saying, slender. From the opposite end of the egyptian dog the tail emerges, high and curved during the action. Its shape is thick at the base but tapers like a whip towards the end.

The hair of the egyptian dog it is short, bright, thick and never fringed. The color of the coat is white, with poorly distributed red spots, or only liver or red-liver. In that case in the egyptian dog a white spot on the head is tolerated, much appreciated is the white tip on the tail and a white spot called "star" on the chest, and a little white on the toes; Other spots in other locations are not desired.

The egyptian dog he is also known as Pharaoh Hound, dog of the Pharaohs (Chien du Pharaon and Pies Faraona) or, in Maltese, his homeland, Kelb tal-Fenek which means "rabbit hound" in the language. Digging into its past, attracted by the many misleading names, it is increasingly clear how the origin of egyptian dog both on the Island of Malta, and the first specimens arrived in England in 1920. It is currently bred almost exclusively in Great Britain, but its distribution is rather limited. It has been recognized in the U.S.A. only in 1983.

There are two very similar breeds to the Malteseegyptian dog, so much so that they can be confused: it is the Podenco Ibicenco he was born in Cirneco dell’Etna. Both probably arrived in Europe following the Phoenicians, who traded by sea throughout the Mediterranean. The Cirneco dell’Etna dates back to 1000 BC. : this friend of theegyptian dog is the only, almost, Sicilian dog able to move without difficulty on the harsh and uneven terrains of volcanic origin, it was at the time therefore widely used for hunting wild rabbit, today it is a breed not widespread outside Italy and is considered even as a companion. Unlike the egyptian dog protagonist of this article, the Cirneco is also a decent watchdog and is trainable without problems.

Podenco Ibicenco (Chien de garenne des Baléares) arrived in the Balearic Islands and took the name of the island of Ibiza, precisely "Ibicenco". There are two varieties, wirehaired and shorthaired. It is a medium-sized dog, like the egyptian dog, and his physique is toned and with sculpted and lean muscle masses. The Podenco is rather reserved, it gives confidence to the owner, it can be kept very well at home but it is not very suitable for children, it is better for rabbit, partridge and hare hunting, but it is also sometimes used for large game .

Let's go back to ours Pharaon hound, and we follow him, even if he has fast, articulated, natural, quick and harmonious movements. His character is undoubtedly independent but this does not prevent him from also being affectionate: the egyptian dog however, it remains mainly famous, relatively speaking, as it is not very widespread, such as skilled hunter. Moreover, his sight is impeccable, infallible: he pursues his prey with his eyes like few other colleagues.

In the family, the egyptian dog, is cuddly and playful, sweet, even with children, with whom he lives without rivalry, indeed, he plays with them willingly and honestly, without cheating. With strangers can not be expected fromegyptian dog outbursts of enthusiasm and affection: he is suspicious, he is on his own, but nevertheless remains gentle and never arrogant. This applies to both human strangers and canine strangers: when taking him for a walk, a nice sturdy leash is better, for hunting dogs, which gives security to you, to him, and to those who meet you.

Accustomed to hunting hares, rabbits and wild feathered animals, or at least having this tradition in their blood, the egyptian dog he cannot stay indoors. You can keep it in the apartment, sure, but it needs to many physical activity. For the rest, it is not a pretentious dog, it has no particular needs, and to feed it it takes about 400 grams of complete food every day, by dint of running. Possibly in a nice bowl with a lid.

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