(Hellenic Hound) (Greek Harehound)
Hellenikos Ichnilatis is Of medium size and shaped
by function rather than fashion, the breed is
a prototype hunter that uses its fine nose and
high average speed to track and catch its prey.
There are no extremes in its conformation: athletic,
robust and of normal proportions, the Hellenikos
Ichnilatis is slightly longer than tall, with
taught skin and short, sleek hair. Predominately
black with tan markings (there are no specific
limitations as to the tan markings, apart from
the fact that the color should be rich and discoloration
is a very serious type fault); a small white spot
is tolerated on the chest. The head is noble and
houndy but never coarse nor as heavy as a bloodhoundís.
The ears should lie flat and be neither too long
nor too heavy. The nose and nails are black and
the pigment should be dark and strong. The breed
has a regular scissor bite and the eye-rims should
be tight, showing no haw.
Brave, outgoing, intelligent and sometimes impatient,
they are passionate hunters but they never vicious.
Friendly, affectionate and extremely playful.
As a farm dog itís happy and useful in many ways,
as it is not without a sense of boundaries and
it will give voice in the presence of strangers
or danger, relentlessly chasing vermin as well.
Extremely courageous and resourceful, it possesses
the stamina and cunning necessary to face the
wild boar. However, in the presence of its master,
itís a happy and friendly fellow, wagging its
tail and living peacefully with other dogs. Traditionally,
the breed hunts in pairs or small groups of three
or four dogs. They are surprisingly swift and
powerful for their size. While essentially good-natured,
this is an independent breed; young males are
best raised by an experienced handler. Maturity
comes late, usually at two or three years of age.
The Hellenikos Ichnilatis has a beautiful and
loud voice that can be heard for many miles. The
breed gives voice on the chase and is fit to travel
great distances on the gallop, capable to hunt
independently if it has to, before turning the
hare towards its handler. This innate ability
means that the breed has a strong temperament
and they can be stubborn at youth and slow maturing.
Rough handling makes them worse as does lack of
proper discipline; they need careful guidance,
patience and understanding.
18-22 inches (45-55 cm.)
38-44 pounds (17-20 kg.)
has an excellent health record.
||This is a
natural breed that loves open spaces and can be
a handful for the inexperienced dog owner. Certainly
not a choice for the apartment dweller, this is
an open-air breed that shows excellent manners when
its needs are catered for.
smooth, short-haired coat is easy to keep in peak
condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and
dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only
when necessary. Inspect the feet and mouth for damage
after work or exercise sessions. Keep the nails
trimmed. This breed is an average shedder.
Ichnilatis is a black and tan tracking & chasing
hare hound, indigenous to Greece. It exists for
thousands of years and its progenitors are the ancient
laconikoi (later: lagonikoi, where lagos=hare) kynes
(dogs) native in the Southern Greece (Peloponessus).
These were described and praised by many ancient
writers and through colonization and sea-trade they
became widespread in the ancient world. Descendants
of the ancient Greek scenthounds can be found all
over Europe and beyond. In its country of origin
the breed had no competition and due to its isolation
in inaccessible & often mountainous areas the
breed remained pure and little changed. Ancient
Greece covered most of the Balkans and so the Hellenikos
Ichnilatis left its heritage in the neighboring
countries, too: black and tan or tricolor scenthounds
can be found all over this area. In Greece too,
there is a not-yet officially recognized tricolor
variety, localized in the very same vicinity that
the ancient breed took its first name, in Laconia
(Sparta), a south-most part of Peloponessus. In
1996 the Hellenikos Ichnilatis became the first
Greek breed recognized by the FCI.
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