The Pharaoh Hound is a Maltese breed of hunting dog and the national dog of Malta. In Maltese it is called Kelb tal-Fenek, which means "dog of the rabbit"; it is traditionally used for hunting rabbit in the rocky terrain of the Maltese Islands. It is classified by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in its "Spitz and primitive" group, and shows similarities to other Mediterranean breeds in that group such as the Cirneco dell'Etna, the Podenco Andaluz, the Podenco Canario, the Podenco Ibicenco and the Portuguese Podengo.
Also known as
This breed is also called Kelb Tal-Fenek, Kelb Tal-Fenek In, Kelb-Tal Fenek, Pharao Hound, Pharaoh Dog, Pharaoh Hounds, Pharoah Breed as well as Pharoah Hound.
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