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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 Size and Weight

Is an Alopekis small, medium or large dog?

How big do Alopekis get?

What is the average size of an Alopekis?

How much does the Alopekis weigh? How much should an Alopekis weight? What is the normal weight of an Alopekis? How much does a full-grown Alopekis weight?
Male: 8-18 pounds (4-8 kg), Female: 7-17 pounds (3.5-7.5 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Alopekis?
Male: 13 pounds (6 kg), Female: 12 pounds (5.5 kg)
How tall is the Alopekis? Alopekis height:
Male: 10-13 inches (25-32 cm), Female: 9-12 inches (23-30 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Alopekis?
Male: 11.5 inches (28.5 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Alopekis Price and Availability

How much does the Alopekis puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of an Alopekis in the United States? How much money is an Alopekis?

Where to buy an Alopekis with a good pedigree?

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.
How easy is it to get a Alopekis? How many Alopekis are there in the world?
Average: The Alopekis is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Alopekis Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Alopekis? Is the Alopekis breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Alopekis ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Alopekis dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train an Alopekis?
Alopekis dogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Watchdog Ability
Is Alopekis good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Alopekis dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Alopekis dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Alopekis dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Alopekis dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its 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.

Alopekis Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Alopekis have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Alopekis sensitivity:
Alopekis dogs 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 by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Alopekis a good family dog?
Average to High: Alopekis dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Alepouditsa need? Alopekis social needs:
Alopekis dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Alopekis to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Alopekis roam?
Alopekis dogs 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?
Alopekis dogs 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.

Alopekis Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
Average: Alopekiss, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Do Alopekis dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? 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.

Apartment Friendly
Is Alopekis good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have an Alopekis in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Alopekis indoors.

Alopekis Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Alopekis dogs 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
How long can an Alopekis be left alone? How long can you leave an Alopekis alone?
Alopekis dogs 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.

Alopekis Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Alopekis has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Alopekis? How much bite force does an Alopekis have? How strong is an Alopekis bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Alopekis bite force: Weak. The Alopekis bite force is considered weak when compared to other dog breeds. The bite force Alopekis measurements usually fall below 200 PSI, making them one of the breeds with the weakest bite force. The bite force of an Alopekis may be weak, but it's important to remember that any dog's bite can still be dangerous if not managed properly. Despite the bite force of Alopekis being lower, it does not make them any less lovable or enjoyable as pets.

Alopekis bite wounds might not be as severe, but it is still essential to be cautious and prevent any biting incidents.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals. To ensure a well-behaved dog, it's essential to learn how to train an Alopekis puppy not to bite from an early age. With proper training and socialization, an Alopekis can be a wonderful addition to any family, providing love and companionship for years to come.

Biting Potential
Do Alopekis bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Alepouditsa? 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.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Alopekis do?
Alopekis dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Alopekis dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Alopekis Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Alopekis dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Alopekiss tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Alopekis breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Alopekis see the vet?
The Alopekis should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Alopekis dogs live? How old can a Alopekis be? What is the age limit of the Alopekis? How many years can the oldest Alopekis live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Alopekis?

How long is the lifespan of an Alopekis?

14-16 years
The average lifespan of Alopekis: 15 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.

Alopekis Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Alopekis have? What is the activity level of the Alopekis?
Alopekis dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Alopekis need? How much exercise do Alopekis dogs require per day?

Do Alopekis dogs need a lot of exercises?

Alopekis dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Alopekis breed need?
Alopekis dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.

Alopekis Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Alopekis need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Alopekis breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Alopekis? How much food should I feed my Alopekis?
1/2 to 1 1/2 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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 weight regularly.

Alopekis Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Alopekis have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Alopekis coats?
Black Blue Cream White BrownFawn Golden Particolor
How to groom the Alopekis and how often? How often should I take my Alopekis to the groomer?
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 Alepouditsa? Do Alopekis dogs shed a lot?
Alopekis dogs 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Alopekis need a bath? How often should you give an Alopekis a bath? Can I bathe my Alopekis every day?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Is the Alopekis breed hypoallergenic?
Alopekis dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher 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.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


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 of a 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 minimum 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 Good With

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?
Alopekis dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Alopekis temperament with other people:
Alopekis dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Alopekis dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Alopekis temperament with children:
Alopekis dogs 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the Alopekis breed live with a cat?
Alopekis dogs 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?
Alopekis dogs 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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Alopekis breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Alopekis breed suitable for first-time owners?
Alopekis dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Alopekis dogs good office canines? Do Alopekis dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
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 Alepouditsa temperament with senior people? Are Alopekis dogs good for elderly owners?
Alopekiss are usually recommended for elderly people.

Alopekis As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Alopekis be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Alopekis be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Alopekis is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Alopekis dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Alopekis Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Alopekis pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Alopekis breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Alopekis breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Alopekis have? How many puppies can an Alopekis give birth to?
3-5 puppies

Alopekis Recognition

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.

Alopekis Pros and Cons

  • Trainability: Alopekis dogs 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 of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Alopekis dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Alopekis dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Alopekis dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Alopekis dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Alopekis dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Alopekiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Alopekis dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Health Issues: Alopekiss tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Alopekis dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Alopekis dogs 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.

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.

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