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Alopekis Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Alopekis so you can get to know the breed more.

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Alopekis
OriginGreece
Other Names
What other names does the Alopekis have? The dog breed also known as...
Alopecis, Alepouditsa, Bobis, Bouboudi, Moropa, Venetaki
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Alopekis recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Alopekis recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Alopekis puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Alopekis price:
$300-$500
If you choose to purchase the Alopekis, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Alopekis for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Alopekis gets to a happy place.

Alopekis History

The Alopekis is a fox-like ancient dog breed, that finds its ancestry in Greece, more specifically in the region Serres. The breed’s origin dates back to before its discovery in 1922. The name Alopekis translates to “small fox” in Greek, referring to the remarkable resemblance between the breed and foxes. The Alopekis is characterized by a long body, muzzle with a deep and broad base, a wedge-shaped head, triangular ears, strong knees, large eyes, and broad nose.

In spite of the late discovery of the breed, it is presumably a really old one. Ancient writers including Aristotle, Aristophanes, and Xenophon all mentioned or depicted this breed. Moreover, several archaeological findings such as statues, sculptures, tombs, and cravings have presented this fox-like dog. For the reason that multiple pre-historic artifacts discovered in Asketario, Raphina, and Thessaly portray the Alopekis, it is widely believed that the breed evolved naturally from the ancient dogs living during the proto-Hellenic period. Thus, the Alopekis is considered to be a landrace that is most likely descended from a type of small dog breed commonly appearing in the Baltic peninsula. However, according to some experts, the breed actually can trace its origins back to the eastern pye dogs. Moreover, the dog bones found around the sites of Neolithic settlements like Sitagroi and Sesklo, are indicating that the Alopekis are among the oldest dog breeds indigenous to Europe.

The Alopekis was very common all around Greece in the 20th century. The breed’s role was to exterminate small vermin as well as to protect the domestic ducks, chicken, and other livestock from foxes. The breed was presumably used also for controlling aggressive bulls in training sessions and games of bull-leaping.

Unfortunately by the end of the 20th century, the Alopekis’s population numbers started to decrease, due to the fact that more popular breeds were imported to Greece, and the mass spaying and sterilization of dogs in some regions of Greece reduced the number of both stray, mixed and pure Alopekis dogs. Around the turn of the 21st century, the breed got to the verge of extinction. Since then, breed enthusiasts and other breeders are constantly making an effort with the intention of revitalizing and preserving the Alopekis.

Alopekis General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Alopekis size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Alopekis weigh? Alopekis weight:
Male: 8-18 pounds (4-8 kg), Female: 7-17 pounds (3.5-7.5 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Alopekis? Alopekis average weight:
Male: 13 pounds (6 kg), Female: 12 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Alopekis? Alopekis height:
Male: 10-13 inches (25-32 cm), Female: 9-12 inches (23-30 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Alopekis average height:
Male: 11.5 inches (28.5 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Alopekis Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Alopekis have? What does this canine coat look like?
Wiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Alopekis's coat?
Blue CreamGoldenWhiteBrownFawnParticolorBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Alopekis and how often?
Easy to groom: The Alopekis doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Alopekis is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Alopekis dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Alopecis? Alopekis shedding level:
Alopekiss shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Alopekis Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Alopekis have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AlertFriendlyLivelyLoyalCourageousIntelligentLovingProtective
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Alopekis? Are they intelligent?
Average: Alopekis's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Alopekis dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Alopekiss are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Alopekiss, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Alopekis sensitivity:
Alopekiss have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Alopekiss are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Alopecis need? Alopekis social needs:
Alopekiss are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Alopekis dogs bark a lot? Why does my Alepouditsa bark?
Low to Average: The Alopekis rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Alopekis good as a watchdog?
Alopekiss are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Alopekiss will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Alopekis dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Alopekiss are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Alopekis can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Alopekis will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Alopekis bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Alopecis? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Alopekis? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Alopekis has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Alopekis do?
Alopekiss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Alopekiss need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Alopekis to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Alopekis roam?
Alopekiss have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Alopekis have high prey drive?
Alopekiss have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Alopekis dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Alopekis good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Alopekiss are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Alopekiss adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Alopekiss do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Alopekis dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Alopekis Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Alopekiss are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Alopekis dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Alopekis and children:
Alopekiss are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Alopekis dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Alopekiss are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Alopekis good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Alopekis dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Alopekiss are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Alopekis can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Alopekiss good office dogs? Do Alopekiss make good office friendly dogs? Can Alopekiss be office dogs?
No
Alopekis is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Alopekis dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Alopecis temperament with senior people? Are Alopekis dogs good for elderly owners?
Alopekiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Alopekis dogs get along with other pets? Are Alopekis dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Alopekiss are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Alopekis breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Alopekiss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Alopekis be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Alopekis is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Alopekis be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Alopekis is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Alopekis be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Alopekis is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Alopekis be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Alopekis is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Alopekis be a boat dog?
Not really
Alopekis breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Alopekis be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Alopekis is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Alopekis Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Alopekis dogs have health problems?
Alopekiss tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Alopekis dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Alopekis be?
14-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Alopekis breed hypoallergenic?
No
Alopekiss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Alopekis have?
Alopekiss have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Alopekis dogs require per day?
Alopekiss have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Alopekiss sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Alopekis need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1 1/2 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Alopekis risk for obesity:
Average. The Alopekis has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Alopekis's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Alopekis has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Alopekis drool?
The Alopekis is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Alopekis could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Alopekis. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Alopekis Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Alopekis: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Alopekis have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Alopekis have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Alopekis Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Alopekiss are very easy to train.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Alopekis doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Alopekis is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Alopekiss are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Alopekiss adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Alopekiss are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Alopekiss are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Alopekiss are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Alopekiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Alopekiss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Alopekiss tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Alopekiss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Alopekiss do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Alopekis is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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