Hellenic Hound

FCI standard Nº 214

Origin
Greece
Translation
Mrs Peggy Davis
Group
Group 6 Scent Hounds and Related Breeds
Section
Section 1.2.Medium sized Hounds
Working
With working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Friday 16 October 1959
Publication of the official valid standard
Friday 16 October 1959
Last update
Tuesday 19 March 1996
En français, cette race se dit
Chien courant grec
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Griechisher Laufhund
En español, esta raza se dice
Sabueso helénico
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Hellinikos Ichnilatis
In his country of origin, his name is

Hellinikos Ichnilatis

Usage

Hound with a fine sense of smell and of great resistance; he is an active hunter either alone or in a pack and responds completely in all terrains of lowland or mountains and even in the more rocky and unworkable terrains; his voice is resonant and harmonious.

General appearance

Medium-sized dog, short-haired, black and tan, strong, vigorous, lively, keen.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Long, its total length corresponds to the height at the withers as 4.35 : 10. The width of the skull must not be more than the half of the total length of the head, i.e. the total cephalic index must be less than 50. The upper lines of the skull and of the muzzle are divergent.
Skull
Its length is equal or little less than the length of the muzzle; of fairly flat shape. The occipital protuberance is only slightly protruding. Forehead quite broad. Medial furrow not very marked. Superciliary arches high. 
Stop
Not very pronounced.

Facial region

Nose
On the muzzle line, overhanging the forward vertical lip line, humid, mobile, black. Nostrils open.
Muzzle
Its length is equal or a little more than that of the skull.
Lips
Rather developed.
Nasal bridge
Nasal bridge straight or, in males, slightly arched.
Jaws and teeth
Strong jaws meeting perfectly either in scissor or pincer bite. Strong, white teeth.
Eyes
Normal size, neither deep set nor prominent, brown colour with lively and intelligent expression.
Ears
Of medium length (almost half the length of the head), set on high, i.e. above the zygomatic arches, flat, rounded at the lower extremity and hanging vertically.

Neck

Powerful, muscled, without dewlap, descending harmoniously towards the shoulders. Its length corresponds to the total length of the head nearly as 6.5 : 10.

Body

Body
The length of the body is 10% more than the height at the withers.
Topline
Straight, slightly convex at the loins.
Withers
Slightly raised above the backline.
Back
Long, straight.
Loin
Slightly arched, short, strong, well muscled.
Croup
Long, broad, well muscled, slightly sloping.
Chest
Well developed, deep, let down at elbow level.
Ribs
Ribs slightly sprung.
Underline and belly
Lean, slightly tucked up.

Tail

Not long, reaching at maximum the point of the hock; set rather high, thick at the root and tapering slightly towards its tip; in movement carried sabre-fashion.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Good straight legs seen from the front and in profile, well muscled and robust.
Shoulders
Sloping, well muscled and close to the thorax.
Upper arm
Oblique, muscular, robust.
Forearm
Straight, long, well boned.
Carpal
Lean, not prominent.
Pastern
Of sufficient length, strong, rather straight, never hollow.

Hindquarters

Generality
Well straight and vertical seen from behind and in profile; well muscled and robust.
Upper thigh
Long, strong, well muscled.
Lower thigh
Slanted, long, strong.
Stifle
Lean, strong, medium height, bent.
Hock
Strong, lean, quite long, almost straight, without dewclaws.

Feet

Rounded, compact; strong toes, close, arched; strong nails, curvec, black; pads large, hard, tough.

Gait and movement

Swift and light.

Coat

Hair
Short, dense, a little hard, close fitting.
Colour
Black and tan. A small white patch on the chest is tolerated. The visible mucous membranes, the nose and the nails black.

Size and weight

Height at withers
For males 47-55 cm, for females 45-53 cm. Tolerance of more or less 2 cm.
Weight
17-20 kg.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

General faults

 Muzzle short and broad.
 Ears too long or too short, pointed, twisted.
 Neck too short.
 Upper line convex or concave.
 Loins flat, narrow.
 Croup short, narrow, not sloping.
 Lower line very let down or too drawn up.
 Tail long, heavy, curly.
 Pastern and hocks too short or too long, thin, hollow.
 Cow-or barrel hocks.
 Harefeet.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy.
 Convergence of the upper longitudinal axes of the skull and the nasal bridge.
 Nasal bridge concave, muzzle very pointed.
 Over-or undershot mouth.
 Ears semi-erect.
 Tail curved up.
 Legs out of vertical.
 Dewclaws.
 Other colour that the specified for the coat, the nose, the eyes and the nails.
 Total depigmentation of the visible mucous membranes.
 Height at the withers over or under the indications of the standard.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

 

Additional information from visitors

The ancient Hellenikos Ichnilatis is probably a descendant of Cretan and Egyptian hunting dogs and is one of the original Molossian hounds, believed to be the progenitor of many European breeds, such as the Yugoslavian Mountain Hound, Transylvanian Hound, Black Forest Hound and a great number of others. Bred throughout the ages primarily for superiour working ability, it wasn't standardized until the 1950's. Rugged, athletic and powerful, the Hellenic Hound is well-suited for work in the rocky mountains of northern Greece, where it can still be found hunting small and large game, usually employed in packs of two to six dogs. As a single hunter, this squarely built, well-boned and muscular hound is said to be able to catch rabbits "just like picking berries" without ever tiring.
This is a healthy, friendly and intelligent breed, but it doesn't make an ideal urban pet, due to its independent spirit, need for plentiful exercise and affinity for howling. The short coat is dense and moderately coarse, accepted only in black-n-tan colourings, but some working specimens might have small white markings on their chest and feet. Average height is around 20 inches.

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