The Pharaoh Hound is the national hound of the Island of Malta . Pharaoh Hound native
name is the Kelb tal Fenek in Maltese, which means "rabbit hound". Which is the name
we have chosen for our house and Boarding Kennels and Cattery.
The Pharaoh Hound is the traditional hunting dog of Maltese farmers.
The Pharaoh Hound traditionally would be taken hunting at night or dawn in small
groups or a team working with a ferret. With its keen sense of smell and excellent
eyesight they make a very formidable hunter they do tend to bark “or give voice”
so you are able to keep a trace of their progress.
The breed may not have any conclusive links with Ancient Egypt but with Malta’s location
in the Mediterranean and the Phoenicians being note worthy mariners and traders the
link back to carvings and drawings which detail a pricked eared dog can not just
be a coincidence but did the Pharaoh Hound start in Egypt and travel to Malta or
Malta to Egypt will never be clear.
It has variously been classified as a member of the sighthound group, yet its fieldwork
ability clearly determines it as a hound that can work by sent and hearing also.
The UK Kennel Club puts the breed into the Hound Group whilst the FCI in Europe
classifies the Pharaoh Hound as a primitive breed and sets it in Group 5 with the
Spitz and Primitive Breeds.