Greek Harehound is a rare dog breed that is only allowed in black and tan. It was originally bred and used as a scenthound for hunting and tracking hares in southern parts of Greece. It is used to hunt in packs so it is docile with other dogs but can be cautious around strangers.
These are active dogs that can fit great into family life if you provide them with enough daily activities. However, you should always be careful around smaller animals since Greek Harehound could easily start chasing them.
FUN FACT: This dog is also known as Hellenic Hound.
18-22 in (45-55 cm)
37-44 lb (17-20 kg)
Dog Breed Characteristics
Greek Harehounds have a short and dense coat that requires minimal grooming. Weekly brushing is enough to keep their coat clean and healthy. These dogs come in black and tan variants.
You will also have to check their ears regularly for any signs of infections (bad odor, redness, etc.). You can wipe their ears with a cotton ball dipped into an ear cleaner. Greek Harehound teeth should be brushed weekly to remove tartar build-up and to secure fresh breath and healthy gums. When you hear their nails clicking on the floor, their nails should be trimmed.
Greek Harehound is an active breed that requires a lot of activities to be happy. They were bred for working purposes, and because of that, they are not the best fit for apartment living. They need a lot of space to wander around and spend their energy. It is not uncommon for these dogs to work for hours without taking a break, and because of that fact, if you want to have a happy dog, you will have to meet their needs.
Since this is a hunting dog breed, early socialization is a must. From the moment you bring your Greek Harehound home, start the socialization process. That way, you can be sure that your dog will develop into a well-behaved dog with whom you will not have any problems later in life.
The best thing you can do is expose your dog to many different situations, people, dogs, animals and sounds to learn how to properly react. You can even socialize with your dog at home: dress and act differently so your dog doesn’t recognize you immediately.
Greek Harehound and kids
Greek Harehound is best suited for a household with older kids who can properly interact with the dog.
Before letting them play, you should also teach your kids the correct way to approach, interact and play with the dog. That way, you can be sure that your kids will respect dogs.
Greek Harehound and other animals
Greek Harehounds get along with other dogs and enjoy their company. With proper socialization, you don't have to worry that your dog will become aggressive or not get along with other dogs. Since this is a hunting dog in some cases, Greek Harehound can start chasing smaller animals.
Greek Harehound is a healthy dog breed with a life expectancy of 10-12 years. To ensure you will end up with the best possible dog regarding health, always buy him from responsible and official dog breeders. Because they regularly test their breeding dogs, you can be sure that their puppies won’t have any inherited diseases. Always ask to see the results of tests from the puppy’s parents.
Greek Harehound breeders
Greek Harehounds are not so popular dogs around the world, so you must be prepared that you will have to wait for your puppy if you decide that this is the best dog for you. While searching for breeders, always find the good ones, and if you do so, you don’t have to worry that your dog will end up with inherited diseases. While talking to breeders, always ask them to show you the health certificates of their dogs.
World Dog Finder team