The Pharaoh Hound or
Kelb-tal-Fenek or Pharaon Hound, native of Malta's island, owes its
name to the resemblance of Tesem of the ancient Egypt, represented
in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. Some carvings found in different
locations of the Sahara show that this dog was known in the
Neolithic period; the Tesem could therefore descends from an African
greyhound living in Sahara more than seven thousand years ago, this
greyhound African spread throughout the Mediterranean basin and it is
still in North Africa, Spain, the Canary Islands and also in France.
The Cretans, the Phoenicians and then the Carthaginians led him in
the Balearics in Malta, Sicily.
Its original name is
Kelb-tal-Fenek which means hound rabbits. His
attitude of fieldwork classifies it as belonging to the hound
group FCI Group 5 Spitz and primitive types -
Section 6 Primitive type.
The Pharaohs' Dog needs to do much physical activity, should be occupied in hunting or in activities that allow it to demonstrate the remarkable ability to work that it possesses innately. It 'a very intelligent dog, which ripens slowly, while remaining playful for the whole life, cheerful, energetic and curious.