Other names: Hellenikos Ichnilatis, Hellenic Hound, Greek Hound
The Greek Harehound is an athlete with great stamina. Not only is he a great scent hound in the sporting field, but he is also strong and fearless. This isn’t unusual, as he was originally bred for hunting wild boar and other game. This breed thrives when it has access to acres of space to run freely; it certainly isn’t suited to living in a small space.
Key facts about the Greek Harehound
Origins and history
The Greek Harehound’s ancestors date back to thousands of years ago. His heritage dates back to the ancient “Laconikoi” canines of the Peloponnese. This dog has hardly changed in appearance or demeanour through the years. This is probably because there was no competition from other breeds in the mountainous regions of Greece. The bloodline has therefore remained true to his ancestry.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Greek Harehound
Female : Between 18 and 21 in
Male : Between 19 and 22 in
Female : Between 37 and 44 lb
Male : Between 37 and 44 lb
The Greek Harehound’s coat is usually only black and tan, however a small white patch is acceptable.
Type of coat
Short and smooth.
This is a well-proportioned medium-sized dog. His head tapers slightly, with a longish muzzle. He has a muscular body, as befits a dog of his athletic capabilities. As a working dog, his long legs are certainly of great benefit to him.
Good to know
On the whole, the Greek Harehound is a free spirit. He isn’t purposely defiant, but sometimes turns a deaf ear to his master’s commands. His great desire is to run free, which can certainly cause problems in a home setting.
Although he is a working breed, the Greek Harehound is often loyal, loving and gentle towards his owner.
Affectionate, friendly and extremely playful too.
Keen and enthusiastic in the hunting field, but calmer when in a home setting.
The Greek Harehound is a dog with great intelligence, able to work alone when hunting.
These dogs are fearless, skilled hunters. They are scent hounds with a keen sense of smell.
Fearful / wary of strangers
The Greek Harehound can be suspicious and wary around strangers.
Like other scent hounds, the Greek Harehound is very strong-willed and independent.
Behaviour of the Greek Harehound
As a strong-willed dog, the male of the breed is often slow to mature and won’t reach adulthood until he is aged 2 or 3. He is not a dog to leave alone for several hours, or he will become bored and destructive around the home.
Easy to train / obedience
Harehounds are notoriously strong-willed and difficult to train. In fact, training this dog can be quite challenging.
As a scent hound, he will bark when he recognises any prey, to alert his master. His bark is extremely loud.