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Greek Harehound

Greek Harehound

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Breed Organization
United Kennel Club
Native Country
Other Names
Greek Hound, Hellenic Hound, Hellenikos Ichnilatis
Life Expectancy
Approximately 10-12 Years
Litter Size
No Information Available
Breed Group
FCI Hound
Breed Appearance
The Greek Harehound is a scent hound with a shorthaired black and tan coat. It is a medium-sized dog.

Breed Description
Head: Long. Flat skull. Stop not very pronounced. Straight or slightly curved nosebridge. Strong jaws. Fairly developed lips.
Ears: Medium-sized, set on high, flat, rounded at the tip, pendulous.
Eyes: Normal in size, brown.
Body: Slightly longer than it is tall. Mesomorph. Neck powerful, muscular, without dewlap. Well-developed chest. Slightly circular ribs. Slightly arched, short, strong, well-muscled loin. Slight tuck-up. Long, straight back. Croup long, broad, nearly level.
Tail: Short, thick at the base and tapering slightly toward the tip. In action, carried in saber fashion.
Hair: Close-lying, dense, somewhat hard.
Coat: Black and tan. A small white spot on the chest is tolerated. Visible mucosa, nose, and nails are black.
Size: Dog: 47 to 55 cm. (18.5-21.5 in).Bitch: 45 to 53 cm. (17.5-21 in).
Weight: 17 to 20 kg (37-44 lb).

This very ancient breed indigenous to Greece is believed to be descended from hounds brought from Egypt by the Phoenicians. The Hellenic Hound is not very well-known outside his native land.

Very hardy, vigorous, and lively, the Hellenic Hound has a subtle nose and a far-reaching, melodic voice. Skilled in hunting on rugged terrain, he is a speedy and light-footed tracker of all game alone or in small packs. He is not well-suited to being a pet. He needs firm training.

The Greek Harehound is a healthy breed with no known genetic defects. But like other dogs with pendulous ears, their ears are more prone to infections and need to be cleaned frequently.

He needs space and a lot of exercise. Regular brushing.

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