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The Kelb tal-Fenek all over the World

The Kelb tal-Fenek was 'discovered' in the early 1960'ties by British residents in Malta who exported the dog to the UK. Since then, this breed has been exported world wide and can be found in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and the USA.

The breed was finally recognised by the British Kennel Club in 1974 by the name 'Pharaoh Hound'. The FCI recognised the British standard for the breed in 1977.

Although the FCI has placed the breed within the Group 5 (Spitz and Primitive Type), in most countries the Kelb tal-Fenek is governed by the sighthound breed clubs. It can also participate in lure coursing and amateur track racing competitions.

Jan Scotland