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Overview

It is an ancient breed of dogs, came into existence in Crete one Island of the Greek, the history of the breed dates back to about 3500 to 4000 years ago. It has been a classical hare-hunting dog throughout the primitive times and exported to the colonies of the Greek and other European countries. It reached in Spanish and British islands to cross and improve the native hounds. It is believed the most ancient dog breed in Europe. It is possibility that their forefathers will had come from Africa and later they were subsequently accustomed to the Crete conditions. The distinction of the breed is its long and upward curved tail that is forming a tight or loose ring covered in a brush of long hairs beneath. With medium angulations, the breed is with somewhat longer than tall body. Neither perfect scent and nor best sight-hound, but the breed uses both the scent and sight while on hunt and the dog possesses a significant tendency to taste the ground or air scent, even the sucking point from stones and pebbles. It becomes stiff, waving tail in circular trend when it senses a prey. The noble, the humble, affectionate, since fatal on the coursing and chasing, it is a gentle hound that only awake or come alive in the presence of the quarry; in movement and form it is clean cut, elegant and gentle, in gesture not seems rude or unmanageable. Naturally, it is curious and tolerant but somewhat reserved with strangers. It can co-exist nicely with other household animals raised with them, but it can bitter chase the cats of the neighbor. However, it is wonderfully tender and gentle with affection toward children. It is usually a quiet dog, but can give a sound alarm to alert the owner when strangers coming to the home. It is brilliant mice and rat killer when at farms. Moreover, it is not indifferent to feather games; however, latter applications make it a lazy and untidy in hunting talent. Its creation requires the true chase challenge. The Cretan Hound can be an average shedding breed with fine and shorthaired coat. It is a breed with minimal grooming requirements. To keep it neat and clean it is nice to brush it once or twice a week. Cretan Hound is an intelligent, obedient and nicely behaved breed, the obedience training cannot be tough for this breed as the Cretan Hound displays an eager to please approach. It might respond well to positive and impressive, well defined and refined training methods. Being a working dog it needs ample amount of daily exercise. It will have a wish to have a large yard to run and play. Furthermore, it needs to be taken on daily long walks in addition good enough playtime can do well. It can be best jogging buddy. It can only fit for those houses which are with backyards. The height of Cretan hounds is 19 to 27 inches or more and the weight is 44 to 66 pounds. The life expectancy of the Cretan Hound is 12 to 15 years.

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Cretan Hound History

It is an ancient breed of dogs, came into existence in Crete one Island of the Greek, the history of the breed dates back to about 3500 to 4000 years ago. It is believed that the breed was developed and promulgated by Minoan Civilization, at its zenith, ruling over most regions of the Aegean, Island of the Cyclades and eastern Peloponnesus. It has been known as a tracking and coursing hound, applied on chasing and catching wild rabbits and hare on the tough terrains of the Crete. It has been a classical hare-hunting dog throughout the primitive times and exported to the colonies of the Greek and other European countries. It reached in Spanish and British islands to cross and improve the native hounds. It is believed the most ancient dog breed in Europe. It is possibility that their forefathers will had come from Africa and later they were subsequently accustomed to the Crete conditions. These dogs were bred to perform challenging jobs and since existing with more purity and unchanged traits. Without participation in most of dog shows the breed is since a living legend.

Cretan Hound Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Cretan Hound is 12 to 15 years.

Cretan Hound Appearance

Neither perfect sight-hound nor scent-hound, but somewhere in between the both, the slender and light feet, the Cretan hound is strong in loin and particularly accept for swift reflexes and much more speedy over tough and rocky terrain. The dry head of the breed is wedged shaped and elongated. The ears are very mobile and pricked folding backwards same as greyhound while chasing anything. The distinction of the breed is its long and upward curved tail that is forming a tight or loose ring covered in a brush of long hairs beneath. With medium angulations, the breed is with somewhat longer than tall body. The legs are slim and well muscled. Neither too round nor too broad ribcage is spacious that never quite reach the elbow point. A balance should be maintained in speed and endurance, the conformation being a compromise creating wonderful agility. The breed has solid pure white, sandy, cream, grey, sandy, black or brindle, bi-colored or tri-colored.

Cretan Hound Weight and Height

The height of Cretan hounds is 19 to 27 inches or more and the weight is 44 to 66 pounds.

Cretan Hound Temperament

Neither perfect scent and nor best sight-hound, but the breed uses both the scent and sight while on hunt and the dog possesses a significant tendency to taste the ground or air scent, even the sucking point from stones and pebbles. It becomes stiff, waving tail in circular trend when it senses a prey. The noble, the humble, affectionate, since fatal on the coursing and chasing, it is a gentle hound that only awake or come alive in the presence of the quarry; in movement and form it is clean cut, elegant and gentle, in gesture not seems rude or unmanageable. Naturally, it is curious and tolerant but somewhat reserved with strangers. It can co-exist nicely with other household animals raised with them, but it can bitter chase the cats of the neighbor. However, it is wonderfully tender and gentle with affection toward children. It is usually a quiet dog, but can give a sound alarm to alert the owner when strangers coming to the home. It is brilliant mice and rat killer when at farms. Moreover, it is not indifferent to feather games; however, latter applications make it a lazy and untidy in hunting talent. Its creation requires the true chase challenge.

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Cretan Hound with children and other pets

It is a naturally curious and tolerant but somewhat reserved with strangers. It can co-exist nicely with other household animals raised with them, but it can bitter chase the cats of the neighbor. However, it is wonderfully tender and gentle with affection toward children. It is usually a quiet dog, but can give a sound alarm to alert the owner when strangers coming to the home.

Cretan Hound Care and Grooming

The Cretan Hound can be an average shedding breed with fine and shorthaired coat. It is a breed with minimal grooming requirements. To keep it neat and clean it is nice to brush it once or twice a week.

Cretan Hound Health Issues

Generally, it is a healthy breed.

Cretan Hound Training

Cretan Hound is an intelligent, obedient and nicely behaved breed, the obedience training cannot be tough for this breed as the Cretan Hound displays an eager to please approach. It might respond well to positive and impressive, well defined and refined training methods.

Cretan Hound Exercise

Being a working dog it needs ample amount of daily exercise. It will have a wish to have a large yard to run and play. Furthermore, it needs to be taken on daily long walks in addition good enough playtime can do well. It can be best jogging buddy. It can only fit for those houses which are with backyards.

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Cretan Hound Group

Hound .

Cretan Hound Other Names

Kritikos Ichnilatus, Cretan Hunting Dog, Cretan Rabbit Dog, Cretan Tracing Dog, Cretan Tracer.

Cretan Hound Recognition

The Cretan Hound is not recognized by any major Kennel Club.

Cretan Hound Litter Size

The litter size of Cretan Hound is 3 to 7 puppies.

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