Greek hare hound or Hellenic hare hound (Hellinikos Ichnilatis, Greek Harehound, Hellenic Hound) - the first Greek breed recognized in FCI. The breed standard was recognized in 1996, but this does not mean that the breed is young. These dogs have a long history, according to some reports they have common roots with the Balkan hound. Also, representatives of this breed have family ties with the Italian segujio, their common ancestor were Egyptian bloodhounds, who were brought to Greece by the Phoenicians. From the name it is clear that the main specialization of these dogs is hunting for a hare, a rather narrow direction, but it is impossible to beat them in any other breed. Dogs of this breed are not found outside the homeland, and even in Greece they are not so easy to find. However, the club of lovers of this breed is doing everything possible to maintain the quality and number of these dogs.
The Greek rabbit hound has an excellent instinct, a sonorous, informative voice, hard work and endurance. These dogs are great for the Greek climate. Previously, these dogs worked as packs, now, usually, 2-3 dogs are taken for hunting. Most often they are used for hunting in the forests.
These dogs are obedient, intelligent and loyal; they are well suited for the role of a family dog. They are friendly and friendly, they quickly find a common language with everyone. Get along well with children, support them in games and various funs. Gellinikos ichnilatis is absolutely not aggressive, but despite this they can stand up for themselves and protect the owner, they also cope well with the functions of a watchman. There are no difficulties in training and training dogs of this breed; they are easy to raise.
However, it is worth remembering that a cheerful and cheerful companion is actually confident in himself, an energetic, passionate hunter - active and hardworking. Representatives of this breed are not suitable for keeping in an apartment, they need physical activity, a sufficient amount of exercise. Care for them is simple, it is necessary to clean the wool with a brush weekly. These dogs have enviable health and are not prone to diseases. The average life span of a Greek rabbit hound is 11 years.
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