Hellenikos Ichnilatis, Greek Harehound
The Hellenic Hound is a scenthound that was originally developed to hunt hare in packs, although they have also been used on deer and boar. In more modern times they are often used in pairs and are comfortable over any terrain from the flat plains to high mountains. Today this breed is extremely rare and kept almost exclusively in Greece and by hunters.
Hellenic Hound Standards
- 38-44 lbs
- medium-sized scenthound
- hanging ears are medium in length
- tail reaches just to the hock
- short, dense, close fitting coat
- black and tan
History of the Hellenic Hound
Descending from the ancient Lagonikoi of Greece (lagos translates to 'hare' and kynes to 'dog'), the Hellenic Hound has existed since ancient times. Due to the isolated area of the Balkans where the Hellenic Hound was used he has changed little over the centuries.