Hellenic Hound

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37-44 lbs
17-22"
Greece
Greek Hound, Hellenikos Ichnilatis, Greek Harehound

The Hellenic Hound is a medium sized dog that was originally bred to track and hunt hare within southern Greece. He is an intelligent, happy dog. Since he is a hunting dog, he does require daily exercise to keep him from becoming a destructive pet. The Hellenic Hound does have a higher prey drive and should be closely monitored around smaller pets in the home. Because of his exercise needs and prey drive, he is best suited as a hunting dog first and a companion second. Generally, he will do well with children who show him respect. Toddlers may be too unruly for him and they should be watched closely when together. 

Purpose
Scenthound
Date of Origin
Ancient Times
Ancestry
Laconikoi Kynes

Hellenic Hound Health

Average Size
Male Hellenic Hound size stats
Height: 18-22 inches Weight: 37-44 lbs
Female Hellenic Hound size stats
Height: 17-22 inches Weight: 37-44 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Ear Infections
Minor Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • OFA on hips and elbows

Hellenic Hound Breed History

The Hellenic Hound has been around for thousands of years and is believed to have originated from the Laconikoi Kynes, a scent hound native to southern Greece. His history has not been well documented and it is unsure exactly how this ancient breed originated. It is known that he was documented by ancient writings throughout southern Greece. The Hellenic Hound remained pure because of the mountainous areas in Greece where he originated. Ancient Greece included the Balkans and the Hellenic Hound was also found in that region, unchanged by outside dogs. When sea travel became commonplace, the Hellenic Hound began accompanying Greeks throughout Europe. This allowed the Hellenic Hound to spread throughout Europe. Many other scent hounds originating within Europe have the Hellenic Hound within their ancestry. He was used extensively to scent and track hare and other small game. Hunters found him to be invaluable in searching our small game in dense underbrush. In 1996, the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) officially recognized the Hellenic Hound. He was the first Greek breed to be recognized by the FCI. The Hellenic Hound was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 2006, allowing him to participate in all UKC sanctioned events. In 2009, the UKC revised the breed standard from its originally adapted version. There are too few registerable Hellenic Hounds located within the United States for them to achieve registration status with the American Kennel Club (AKC). He is considered to be a rare breed throughout the world, especially in the United States and Canada. In his native Greece he is a very popular hunting dog and companion. 

Hellenic Hound Breed Appearance

The Hellenic Hound is a medium sized scent hound. He is a typical scent hound built for hunting with a longer body than he is tall, with tight fitting skin. His head is a typical hound head that is noble and never heavy or coarse like a Bloodhound. His ears hang beside his cheek and lie flat. The tips should be rounded and never pointy. His nose is wide with open nostrils and is black in color. The Hellenic Hound has medium sized, dark brown eyes that should be more oval in shape. His expression is lively and intelligent. He has a short coat that is dense and is always black and tan in color. He is predominately black and has rich tan markings that should not be excessive or light in color. Any color other than black and tan is not acceptable. A small white spot is allowed on his chest. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Hellenic Hound eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Hellenic Hound nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Hellenic Hound coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Hellenic Hound straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Hellenic Hound Breed Maintenance

The Hellenic Hound has a smooth, short coat that is dense; therefore, it will need to be brushed weekly. When grooming, use a firm bristle brush, a slicker brush and a metal comb. A hound mitt may also be used when they are shedding. The Hellenic Hound will shed seasonally and during this time you will want to brush him more often to keep any loose hairs from gathering around the home. If he is being used for hunting, after each hunt check him over for any injuries that he might have gotten while in the underbrush. Typically, the Hellenic Hound does not require a lot of baths, when he does have a bath use a mild shampoo. He does not have a strong smell and between bathing a dry shampoo can be used if you do notice a smell. He is prone to ear infections. Wash his ears weekly and keep them dry to prevent any infections from setting in. 

Brushes for Hellenic Hound
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Hellenic Hound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Hellenic Hound Temperament

This is an outgoing and intelligent breed. He can be impatient when he is waiting to go on the hunt. The Hellenic Hound is a very playful hound and loves to play games. He does have a high prey drive and will need to be closely monitored around small pets. Expect him to be happiest when he is a hunting dog first and a companion second. He has to have a job to complete each day or he will become a nuisance and may even become destructive. While he is a pretty laid back dog when he is home after a hunt, he can become a difficult dog to live with if there is no defined leader within the home. He can be territorial and will sound the alarm when strangers approach. This does make him an ideal watchdog. Generally, he does well with children that show him respect but may have an issue with young children that invade his space and do not show respect. 

Hellenic Hound Activity Requirements

The Hellenic Hound does require plenty of exercise to keep him happy. He absolutely thrives on being outside running and playing. When he is left alone for long periods of time with no human interaction he can easily become destructive or a nuisance barker. Plan to spend at least 45 minutes to an hour each day going for long walks or playing in the dog park. He has to have a job to do in order for him to be happy. If he is not being used for hunting, give him another outlet for all that energy by participating in dog sports that will allow him to use his mind and give him plenty of exercise. He is not an apartment dog; he needs space and plenty of outdoor time.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Hellenic Hound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Hellenic Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Hellenic Hound size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Hellenic Hound size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 17 lbs
12 Months
Male Hellenic Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 33 lbs
Female Hellenic Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 33 lbs
18 Months
Male Hellenic Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Hellenic Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 40 lbs

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