The pharaoh hound is one of the oldest known domestic dogs. The antiquity of these Egyptian hounds is proven by the many sculptured delineations and decorative friezes on Egyptian temples and tombs dating back to 4400 B.C. It is thought that the Phoenicians brought the pharaoh hound from Egypt to the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. There, the breed existed for over 2000 years, surviving in its purest form. The pharaoh hound is intelligent, fun-loving and affectionate and is an excellent house dog, obedience dog and courser. He is a clean dog and his short odor-free coat requires little grooming.