Hellenic Hound

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Other name(s): Greek Hound; Hellenikos Ichnilatis; Greek Harehound

The basics:
Rare outside its native land, the Hellenikos Ichnilatis (Greek Hound) is an ancient black and tan scenthound believed to have been developed in the Peloponessus Peninsula in Greece. Greek writers have praised the breed for its powerful nose and hunting abilities. Like many hounds, it has a pleasing personality that allows it to fit into the active family. However, it will be bored and frustrated if trapped in a small apartment.

The Greek Hound received recognition from the Federation Cynalogique Internationale (FCI) in 1996.

Appearance / health:
The Greek Hound is a medium-sized, well-proportioned muscular dog. The head is medium in size with a moderately long and slightly pointed muzzle. The eyes are large, dark, and obliquely set. The ears are flat, round, and drooping. The neck is broad and muscular. The body is well boned and athletic with a long straight back. The legs are strong, muscular, and quite straight. The tail is rather long, carried straight, or at body level with a slight curve.

The Hellenikos Ichnilatis is an average shedder and easy to maintain. A regular brushing with a firm bristle brush and an occasional bathing with dry shampoo helps keep the coat clean and healthy.

Regular long walks and play sessions are necessary to keep the Greek Hound in good shape. Greek Hounds require some space to run freely in the form of a fenced yard.

The Greek Hound is a very healthy breed.

Behavior / temperament:
The Greek Hound can be resourceful and cunning, especially while hunting animals such as wild boar. Inexperienced owners may find it difficult to control these dogs, as they require good amounts of training and exercise. They have a strong hunting instinct.

The Greek Hound is intelligent but can be slightly difficult to train. It requires firm, consistent, patient, and gentle training. It does not respond well to harsh training methods.

The breed has a loud voice that sounds quite pleasant. However, it is a quiet breed, letting out its voice only during hunts and when necessary.

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