9. Pharaoh Hound
In at No.9 of the most expensive dog breeds is the Pharaoh Hound, the national dog of Malta, which can fetch between $3,000 – $7,000. One of the most good-looking dogs – they have very little body fat and are adept jumpers. They have no link with ancient Egypt – however, a popular myth holds that the breed is descended from the Tesem, one of the ancient Egyptian hunting dogs. Intelligent and occasionally stubborn – they are very independent and tire easily with repetitive commands.
The Pharaoh Hound is a breed of dog and the national hound of Malta. Its native name is Kelb tal-Fenek in Maltese, which means «Rabbit dog». The dog is traditionally used for hunting rabbit in the Maltese Islands.
Based on DNA analysis, the breed has no link with Ancient Egypt. However, a popular myth holds that the breed is descended from the Tesem, one of the ancient Egyptian hunting dogs. Some believe that there are similarities between the breed and images of dogs found on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs. This myth proposes that the Pharaoh Hound was brought by the Phoenicians to Malta, where it has existed for over 2,000 years.
At first glance, the Pharaoh Hound appears both graceful and elegant as well as powerful and athletic. Its build is one of strength without bulkiness or excessive musculature. Its head is elegant without being fine or extreme. The skull resembles a blunt wedge, and is long and chiseled with only a slight stop and a snout of good length. Its eyes are oval with a keen, alert, and intelligent expression. Their eyes are commonly amber-colored. It has a long, lean, and muscular neck that is slightly arched. It has a deep chest that extends down to the elbows and a moderate tuck up.