Greek Hound

Other names: Hellenic Hound, Hellinikos Ichnilatis, Greek Hound, Greek Harehound

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The Greek Hound is a medium-sized dog. It is strongly built, of length much greater than the height at the withers, and gives off an impression of vigor.



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Hair type Short
Origin Greece
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 17 kg to 20 kg From 45 cm to 53 cm
Male From 17 kg to 20 kg From 47 cm to 55 cm
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History of the breed

The Greek Hound is a very ancient breed , but the exact origins of which are not known. However, it is believed that he descended from Egyptian hunting dogs and that he would have benefited from contributions of various varieties from southern Europe, in particular Italian hounds.

Physical features

His hair: very short (short), dense, of rather hard texture and well applied against the body.
Its color: two-tone black and tan. With possibly a small white spot on the chest which is only tolerated.
His head: long. The skull is slightly flattened, its occipital protuberance not very prominent, the forehead fairly broad and the eyebrow arches high. The stop is not very pronounced. The nose is on the muzzle line, moist, mobile and black. The nostrils are wide open. The muzzle is equal to or slightly greater than that of the skull. The lips are well developed, the jaws strong and articulated in pincers or scissors.
Its ears: moderately long, flattened, set above the zygomatic arch and rounded at their lower end. They fall vertically.
His eyes: brown in color, displaying a look full of liveliness and intelligence.
His body: 10% longer than the height at the withers. The top line is straight and slightly convex to the kidney. The withers are not very high on the back line. The latter is long and straight, the loins slightly arched, short and well muscled. The croup is long, broad and well muscled. The chest is well developed, deep and the sides slightly arched. The bottom line rises slightly and the belly is dry.
Its tail: of moderate length, it does not exceed the point of the hock. High attachment, thick at its base and tapering towards its end. It is mobile and carried as a saber.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

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It is important to educate the dog early and firmly , but without any form of brutality or balance of power. The recall is part of the first instructions to give him, as with most hunting dogs.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Greek Hound isn’t really cut out for city living, let alone in an apartment. This hunting dog needs space and freedom , even if he is ready to follow his master anywhere.


Ease of gaining weight

The Greek Hound is a generally resilient and healthy dog , provided regular care is taken.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Gastric torsion
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Greek Hound dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Greek Hound is, on average, between 11 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Greek Hound remains subject to a medium-sized moult . The volume of hair loss is therefore moderate, as are its maintenance needs in general.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week and to examine it systematically after outings in the countryside or in the forest, in order to detect any debris or parasites.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
€ 1,100

The purchase price of a Greek Hound is between 900 € and 1100 €.

Annual maintenance cost

400 €
600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Greek Hound is between € 400 and € 600.

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The Greek Hound can be satisfied with traditional or industrial food , as long as the latter is of high quality and provides it with all the nutrients it needs . Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day , ideally one in the morning and another in the evening. To avoid bloating, it should be ensured that the dog eats calmly and does not engage in any strenuous physical activity in the hour before and after his meal.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Greek Hound needs to exercise and have the ability to cover fairly long distances on a daily basis. One to 2 extended walks are therefore expected every day.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1959


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