Intelligent, friendly, affectionate and playful. Alert and active. Very fast with a marked keenness for hunting, both by sight and scent.
The Pharaoh Hound is basically a friendly dog, but can be quite diffident with strangers. Pharaoh Hounds do not like strangers to make motions that would cover (the dog's) eyes in any way. The dog will often pull his head away. This is not shyness, but a natural Pharaoh Hound instinct. When meeting him it is always best to stroke him under the chin rather than patting him on the head.