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Cultural Corner: Pharaoh Hound

November 14, 2016



In ancient Egypt, dogs were often mummified and kept in the tombs of their owners. As historians have uncovered more and more tombs in Egypt with dogs in them, interest has sparked in these mummy dogs.


While some of these dog breeds are unknown or extinct, some are still actively bred and naturally occurring today. Of these, the most famous one is probably the Pharaoh Hound. 


The Pharaoh Hound is the national dog of the nation of Malta. Its native name means “rabbit dog,” and is pronounced Kelb tal-Fenek. A myth proposes that the Pharaoh Hound was brought by the Phoenicians to Malta, where it has existed for over 2,000 years.


These graceful animals are known as smart, powerful, beautiful, and with color changing eyes. Additionally, these hounds “blush” — when excited, their ears and nose turns bright pink. They are phenomenal pets and a great breed!

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