Just like the ancient Greek Olympians, the Greek Harehound is on the first sight very athletic and strong dog breed. Overall, the Greek Harehound has very appealing appearance. This is a well proportionate dog with average height between 45-55 cm, which is 18-22 inch and weight is typically between 17-20 kg, which is 37-44 pounds. The females are little bit smaller than males.
The Greek Harehound has a beautiful black and tan coat which is very dense, short and smooth. They can also have white spot on the chest.
The ears are set high and hangs down, muzzle is slightly arched and jaws are very powerful. The Greek Harehound has brown eyes which gives the dog lively and smart expression.
The Greek Harehound is a hunting dog breed and their hunting utilization formed their personality over the centuries. They are very endurat and agile dogs with great resistance and extraordinary sense of smell. They are also very adaptable and they can easily hunt even in harsh terrain.
When they are hunting, these dogs are known for being very confident, brave, fearless and they are very strong. Just like majority of scenthounds, even the Greek Harehound is little bit independent and strong willed.
Because of this strong willed temperament, the training can be sometimes little bit challenging and these dogs need consistent, patient and firm trainer to become completely obedient. This is not a dog for novices.
The Greek Harehound is known for being totally devoted and loyal to its owners. They are also very playful and social and they tend to create a very strong bond with its owners and family and they definitely make good companions for active people. I can guarantee you, that you will never be bored with the lively and outgoing Greek Harehound.
This is very friendly dog who typically does not have problem with other dogs, kids or strangers. They can happily live with other dogs in the family, but i would not trust them around smaller household pets. They are also good playful partners for kids, but just like with all breeds, you should always supervise them with very young children.
This is very energetic breed, who needs daily proper outdoor exercise, where they can run, explore and sniff. This breed does best in large open spaces where it can stretch its legs offleash.
The Greek Harehound is also known under some other names. The most important ones are Hellenic Hound and Hellenikos Ichnilatis.
This is a very old dog breed with its roots dating back thousands of years. Because their history is so long, it is not well documented and we are not sure how the breed originated. One theory suggest, that they developed from a Greek scenthound called Laconikoi Kynes.
This breed remained pure, mostly thanks to the mountainous region of Greece and the breed we know today is very similar to the Greek Harehound that was used for hunting hundreads years ago.
When sea travel became commonplace, Greek Harehounds accompanied Greek traders on their ways and the breed spread to other parts of the world. Back in the days, Greece covered a large part of the Balkans and thanks to that, the Greek Harehound quickly spread to those neighboring countries.
Throughout the history, the Greek harehound was always used for the same purpose, which is hunting and tracking hares and other small game. Today you can find this breed in Greece and in other Balkan countries, but it is quite rare outside Balkan.
Health and grooming
The coat of Greek Harehound is short and smooth, but also very dense and it needs regular brushing to remove dirt and dead hair and minimize the shedding. Other than that, no additional grooming is needed and these dogs do not require much bathing, only when its really necessary. Just like with all dogs, you should regularly check their eyes, ears, teeth and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
There is not enough studies about the breeds health, but it is reported, that this is usually a healthy dog breed, that only ocassionaly suffer from hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and ear infections. The average lifespan is between 11-12 years.
1) Ancient ancestry
According to the FCI, the first mentions about Griffon dogs come from the year 500 before Christ from the writings of Greek historian Xenophon. It is almost certain, that Gauls, who lived in Europe from the 5th century B.C. to the 5th century A.D. used these old Griffons. But what is the exact place or time of origin or exact ancestry of those first Griffons is unclear.
2) Eduard Korthals
The modern Wirehaired Pointing Griffon breed we know today was developed in the second half of the 19th century and the person who is credited for developing this breed is a Dutchman Eduard Karel Korthals. His breeding goal was to develop devoted, resiliant, endurant and versatile gundog and it is safe to say that he was succesful. Mr. Korthals is from Netherlands, but he developed this breed while working in Germany and later in France.
It would be very hard to find more versatile breed than Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. They can easily hunt on all types of terrain, they tolerate both, cold and hot temperatures pretty well, they are very strong, endurant, sense of smell and they are amazing at pointing, but also at retrieving on dry land, in water or in marhes. This truly is an amazing versatile hunter.
Majority of Wirehaired Pointing Griffons just love to swim and they are just made for it. They have water repelent coat, which protects them from chilly waters and webbed toes which helps them to swim. Overall this is pretty energetic breed who love outdoors and they definitely need daily longer outdoor walks full of sniffing and exploring. And if you will add some swimming to your walks, your dog will just love it.
But this is not only a hunter. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are very social dog and they need to live indoors around its family. They definitely hate to be ignored. This is an intelligent and eager to please dog which is highly trainable. They also have pretty soft and sensitive temperament, so they do not respond well to harsh training. Overall this is extremely people oriented dog who loves its all family, including kids. But just like with any dog breed, you should never leave them alone with very young child.
This is a strong, athletic and medium sized dog breed with average height between 20-24 inch, which is 51-61 cm and weight is typically between 50-60 pounds, which is 22-28 kg. The females tend to be slightly smaller than males.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a practical double coat, which consists of harsh, wiry outer coat and a softer under coat. A variety of coat types may be found in the same litter ranging from soft to hard. Interesting fact is, that the coat will not fully develop until the dog is about 2 years old. And a great fact is, that this is pretty low shedding breed, which has potential to not trigger the allergies, but it is not guaranted, since there is no thing as 100% hypoallergenic dog. Most often, you can find this breed in steel gray color with brown markings.
Majority of Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are pretty alert dogs and they will alert its family by barking when they will hear or see something suspicious. But because of their overall friendliness and gentleness they are not the best choice for guarding purposes.
As i already said earlier, this is very low shedding dog, but they still need some maintenance. The wiry coat must be combed and stripped approximately every week to stay in good shape. Its important to check the dogs ears and keep it clean and dry, because they can suffer from some ear problems. Also do not forget to check the dogs eyes, teeth and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
This is usually a healthy dog breed with average lifespan between 12-13 years. Just like all dogs, even the Wirehaired Pointing griffon can suffer from some health issues, namely hip dysplasia, entropion or otitis externa.
Most people never heard about Panda shepherds and when they see them for the first time, they think it is a German Shepherd cross. Some people think that it is a Colie/Shepherd cross, other thinks that it is a crossed White Shepherd. But that is not true.
The Panda Shepherd is a purebred piebald colored German Shepherd with approximately 35% of white color and the rest of the body should be black and tan. The first Panda Shepherd was born in the year 2000 and its name was Lewcinka's Franka von Phenom. BTW, for example Tokala from this video is a direct ancestor and great great grandson of this first Panda Shepherd.
So the Panda Shepherd did not evolved by crossbreeding, it was a spontaneous genetic mutation and the parents of the first Panda Shepherd were both typical working purebred German Shepherd dogs. All the dogs in the litter were typically looking GSDs, but one, Lewcinka's Franka von Phenom, was piebald. When Frankie matured, she was bred with another normally looking GSD and she had 4 puppies. Three out of these 4 pups were Panda Shepherds, one looked like a typical GSD. BTW the Franka parents were blood tested and it is certified that they were purebred GSDs with no White Shepherds ancestors.
The Panda Shepherd is a result of mutation of the KIT gene, which affects the color. Luckily, it should not cause any health issues. So other than the color, Panda Shepherd has the same appearance and temperament as German Shepherd.
Franka, the first Panda Shepherd also had blue eyes, which can also be caused by the mutation of KIT gene. But her pups had brown eyes and only some of the Panda Shepherds have blue eyes, but it can happen.
Even though the Panda Shepherd is considered as purebred, the white markings is considered as a fault by most of the kennel clubs, which means they can not attend the showring.
Other than that, this is a normal German Shepherd with average height between 55-65 cm, which is 22-26 inch and weight is typically between 22-40 kg, which is 49-88 pounds. Females are typically little bit smaller than males.
The temperament of Panda Shepherd is often times described as intelligent, eager to please, very active, curious, watchful and protective. Those dogs are highly trainable and versatile and are capable of working in many different areas. Panda Shepherds can be police and military dogs, guards and watchdogs, rescue dogs, they can sniff out drugs and explosives and they can also serve as guide and service dogs. Traditionally, German Shepherds were used for herding and they would still be able to herd and protect the livestock.
If you are thinking about getting a Panda Shepherd, you should be prepared for a lot of exercise. This dog has high energy and high exercise needs, so daily outdoor walks or jogs are must. Most of them are pretty playful and they like playing different games such as frisbee. Daily training sessions are also important, those dogs actually enjoy the training, especially if they are rewarded with a lot of affection and treats. You can also try some dog sport, Panda Shepherd is a great adept for agility, obedience, herding trials or tracking trials. This will exhaust the dog physically, but also mentally and exhausted dog is a good dog!
The German Shepherd, so the Panda Shepherd as well, is prone to some bad health issues. The most common is hip dysplasia. Other health issues associated with this breed include degenerative myelopathy, congenital heart defect and von willebrands disease. The average lifespan of Panda Shepherd is 10-13 years.
The Panda Shepherd has a dense doublecoat which sheds all the time, seasonally very heavilly. You should brush their coat on daily basis to remove the dead hair and minimize the shedding. There are no other grooming needs and those dogs do not require much bathing, only if its really necessary. Just like with all dogs, you should check the dogs ears, eyes, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
The Chilean Terrier is a small to medium sized dog breed with athletic body and long slender legs. Their height should be between 28-38 cm which is 11-15 inch and weight is typically between 4-8 kg, which is 9-18 pounds. The females are typically little bit smaller than males.
The Chilean Terrier has a very short coat which is predominantly white with black and tan spots on their head and body.
This breed has a triangular head with high set, v shaped and forward leaning ears. They also have pretty long neck, well developed teeth and bite, narrow pointed muzzle, tight fitting lips, black nose with large nostrils and large round and brown eyes.
Interesting fact is, that Chilean Terriers are often times born without a tail, but the tail can grow a little bit as the dog grows.
The Chilean Terrier has a temperament that is very similar to that found in other Terrier breeds, which means that they have higher prey drive and they tend to be very lively, alert, loyal, little bit mischevious and independent.
On the other hand, many people agree that Chilean Terrier are not that sharp as other terriers. They are pretty gentle, which is why they are also good playful partners for children, but the child should be old enough to know how to treat dogs gently and with respect.
Just like majority of Terriers, even the Chilean Terrier is reserved with strangers until they properly meet them, which can makes them excellent watchdogs. They will definitely let you know by barking is something suspicious is going on around your home. But this is not an agressive breed, so they are not the best for protection purposes.
Because of their strong prey drive, they should not be trusted around other smaller household pets. It is very likely, that they might try to hunt them down. They can live with other dogs in the family, especially if they are socialized together from the puppyhood.
When the Chilean Terrier is hunting, they are extremely agile and fast, which is needed when hunting rats. They are also very courageous and determined and they do have amazing sense of smell and hearing.
This is pretty social dog who loves its owner and family. They tend to be very affectionate and playful when they are at home. They are perfect for active families who like outdoors, because even though this is a small dog, the Chilean Terrier is always ready for outdoor adventure. They definitely need few daily longer walks where they can sniff around.
Probably the most famous Chilean Terrier is from Chilean comic book Condorito and his name is Washington.
When European immigrants came to South America, they brought Smooth Fox Terriers with them, so they can help them to hunt down rats and other rodents. And the Smooth Fox Terrier is the main ancestor of the Chilean Terrier and you can see many similarities in their appearance and personality. But the Chilean Terrier is slightly smaller in size and their face is little bit smaller as well,
The Smooth Fox Terrier was crossed with some local Chilean dogs. It is believed that the first Chilean Terriers were developed in the beggining of 19th century. At first, those dogs were mostly found in major Chilean sea ports, but thanks to their great hunting abilities they quickly spread all over the Chile.
Health and grooming
There is not enough scientific studies about the Chilean Terriers health, but it is said, that this a very healthy breed with only ocassional health issues. Those can include patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts. The average lifespan is around 14 or 15 years.
Thanks to the short coat, the grooming is very simple. Even without any grooming, the coat will stay in good shape. You can brush them from time to time to remove dirt and dead hair. Just like with all dogs, you should regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clean them or clip them if needed.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is still pretty young dog breed and it was developed in the USA in 1960s and the founder of the breed is Reverend Earl Phillps. Mr. Phillips once said „our original breeding stock came from outstanding brindle tree dogs from every part of the country“ and it is believed that most of them came from areas of Apalachian and Ozark Mountains.
Just like all the coonhounds, even this breed is made for hunt. To be more specific, they were bred for treeing, which is a type of hunting, which uses dogs to force prey to climb up into a tree and then hold it there until the hunter arrives. . And this breed is excellent at hunting, mostly thanks to its great athleticism, strong prey drive, extraordinary sense of smell and great ears.
Of course, many of those dogs are today kept as companion dogs and they are great companions for active people who like outdoors. These dogs are very affectionate, outgoing and loving. They also can happily live around other dogs and they are even good with kids. Of course, just like with all dogs, you should always supervise them around young children.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is recognized as the American Coon Hunters association as ninth breed of Coonhound. The list of other coonhounds also includes Black and Tan Coonhound, Redbone Coonhound, Bluetick Coonhound, American Leopard Hound, Plott Hound or Treeing Walker Coonhound.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is medium to large sized breed, but it is one of the smaller hounds with average height between 41-61 cm which is 16-24 inches and the weight is typically between 30-50 pounds which is 14-23 kg. The females tend to be slightly smaller than males.
This breed has a short, smooth and pretty dense coat. As the name suggest, this breed has a brindle coat. Black with brindle trim is also accepted. This breed can also have white markings on the feet and chest.
This is definitely a very intelligent breed who is capable of learning a lot of commands quickly. But it is reported, that this is also quite sensitive dog, who does not respond on harsh training methods very well and if this dog is mistreated, it is very hard to gain its trust again. This is why, positive reinforcement training methods work the best with the Tennessee Treeing Brindle.
When the Treeing Tennessee Brindle is on the hunt and when they corner the prey, they are known for very unique vocalization. They use specific howl and bay to alert the hunter. This baying is sometimes called as crying or as giving tongue.
This breed is very easy to groom, they can keep the coat in good condition even without almost any grooming. If you want to minimize the shedding, you should brush them from time to time. Also do not forget to check the dogs ears, eyes, nails and teeth and clean them or clip them if needed. Just like vast majority of hunting breeds, if you want to keep the Treeing Tennessee Brindle happy and healthy, regular daily outdoor walks or jogs are necessary, as well as some interactive and vigorous playtime and regular training sessions that will occupy the dogs mind.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is usually a healthy dog breed with average lifespan between 10-13 years. Just like with all dogs, they can ocassionaly suffer from some health issues. Those include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation or otitis externa.