Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
The Alopekis is an ancient primitive dog from Greece whose distinctive likeness appears on pottery dated to 3,000 BC. The name means "small and foxlike," a fairly accurate description of its profile. These small multi-purpose dogs served a number of purposes around Greek farms and homes, including extermination of rats and other vermin. They were frequently used to guard the henhouse, since their small size made it easy for them to bed down with the chickens or ducks for the night.
Sadly, in recent decades, the breed has all but vanished, thanks to interbreeding with imported dogs as well as dog control policies described as "indiscriminate." As a result, they are probably best recommended to the expert able and willing to do the work demanded to preserve a vanishing breed.
Appearance / health:
The Alopekis is a small dog that looks like a fox, with a body that is longer than taller. The head is wedge-shaped. The muzzle is broad at the top and tapers to the nose. The eyes are large and round or almond shaped. The ears are erect, large and triangular. The forelegs are straight and the feet are elliptical. The tail is long, sickle-shaped, and neither too sagging nor too erect.
The breed is easy to groom and does not require regular brushing or combing. An occasional bath should serve to check body odor.
The Alopekis is a healthy dog in general and is not known to be prone to any major health issues.
Behavior / temperament:
The Alopekis has a natural hunting instinct, and can function as a ratter or a vermin-killer.
They can be aggressive when required, and hence make good watchdogs.
The breed is easily trainable by those who understand the primitive dog personality type. Being very clever, it has a quick rate of learning.