Greek hare hound: characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance

Greek hare hound: Dog breed characteristics, photo, nature, rules of care and content


  • Country of origin: Greece
  • The size:
  • Growth:
    45–55 cm
  • The weight:
    17–20 kg
  • Age:
    10–12 years old
  • FCI breed group:
    Hounds and related breeds
  • Brief information

  • hardy;
  • Excellent runners;
  • They have excellent flair;
  • Active.
  • Origin story

    Greek hare hound, or Hellenic hare hound (Hellinikos Ichnilatis, Greek Harehound, Hellenic Hound) is an ancient breed, among its ancestors there are Balkan hounds, Italian segugio, and if you look back centuries, even Egyptian bloodhounds, which the Phoenicians brought to Greece in ancient times. This breed is the only one in Greece that was recognized by the FCI (this happened in 1996).

    This breed is one of the rare ones, it is difficult to find Greek hounds outside the historical homeland. But the breeders of the Hellinikos Ichnilatis amateur club in Greece are actively engaged in the preservation and increase in the number of these unsurpassed hare hunters, as the name of the breed implies.

    Greek hare hound: characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance


    Strong dog of athletic build, rectangular format. Ears of medium size, set high, hanging. Brown eyes, medium size. The muzzle is elongated, the jaws are strong. Legs strong, muscular. The tail is short, thick at the base, saber. Coat coarse, harsh, short, close fitting. The color is black and tan, the color of the tan can vary from beige to red. A small white spot is allowed on the chest, on the abdomen. Greek hare hounds have an excellent flair, a loud, sonorous voice, and excellent performance.


    These hounds thrive in the hot climate of Greece. Working dogs, they are able to cover considerable distances, galloping tirelessly, in order to eventually drive their prey to the hunter. Interestingly, dogs have a “specialization” they are trained specifically for hares. Hounds usually work in pairs. Despite the gambling and even some bloodthirstiness in work processes, in ordinary life they are completely non-aggressive, active, cheerful dogs. They learn commands easily and with pleasure, training them is not difficult. But a couch dog from a hound, of course, will not work.


    Care is simple: it is necessary to clean the coat once or twice a week with a special brush, as well as from time to time to carry out standard hygiene procedures. Genetically, Greek dogs have fairly good health.


    Greek hare hounds are completely unsuitable for city, apartment life. From physical inactivity, the dog can even get sick and die. Hounds are vitally important thorough physical activity. They need a country house and hunting trips.

    Tireless hunters, in dealing with people (even children) they are obedient and friendly. With some training, they can also show watchdog qualities.


    It’s hard to talk about the price, because you can’t buy such a dog in Russia. You should contact a specialized club in Greece. The cost of a puppy is directly dependent on the title of the parents and the exterior of the pet itself.

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