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Cretan Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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Cretan Hound
OriginGreece
Other Names
What other names does the Cretan Hound have? The dog breed also known as...
Kritikos Lagonikos, Kritikos Ichnilatus, Cretan Rabbit Dog, Cretan Hunting Dog, Cretan Tracing Dog, Cretan Tracer
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Cretan Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Cretan Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Cretan Hound 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? Cretan Hound price:
Unknown
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Cretan Hound History

The Cretan Hound is a primitive hunting breed, which is believed to be one of the most ancient dog breeds in the world. The breed derives their name after the place they are from, a Greek island, Crete. Documentation, writings, and artifacts were found in Crete, and in other Greek islands from at least 3,500 years ago.

This documentation state that the Cretan Hound was developed and used by the Minoan civilization which dominated most of the Aegean, the eastern part of Peloponnesus, and the Cyclades islands. The breed is the result of some scent hounds and sighthounds, but these are mostly unknown. It is imaginable that their predecessors came all the way from North Africa, yet they were subsequently adapted to this very unique climate and environment of Crete. The Minoan people used the Cretan Hounds during hunting practices, mostly in chasing and catching wild rabbits and hare on the harsh and rocky terrain. Many classic authors praised and portrayed the Cretan Hound as the best hare-hunters known to mankind. Furthermore, during ancient times, the breed was exported to most of the Greek colonies, and to other countries in Europe, even reaching Spain and the British islands. The Cretan Hound was also used to improve other already existing hound breeds in other countries too.

Interestingly, the Cretan people were very proud of the breed they have created, consequently, also very secretive about the Cretan Hound’s exact breeding methods. It was said that the oldest and most talented Cretan Hound breeders lived in far away, remote villages, hiding their best specimens from the public’s eyes. As they protected the dogs’ purity, they also made the Cretan Hound quite rare outside of their native Greek island. Their breeding techniques are believed to be quite unusual and harsh because the Cretan breeders only kept the best males with the intention of protecting the breed’s overall health, strength, and stamina. Sadly, other puppies were disposed, in order to make sure that the lineage is going strong. This breeding practice has resulted in a very strong and healthy breed, which is on the other hand, became a very rare one. 

Even though the Cretan Hound is a long-established, and perfected breed, the AKC (American Kennel Club) did not recognize them yet, however, some of the European kennels and organizations, like the UKC (United Kennel Club) did register the breed. The Cretan Hound is considered to be a very athletic, gentle, affectionate, loyal, humble, and tolerant breed, which makes them perfect family members. The breed is even good with children, which makes them more desirable. Besides these great qualities and the breed’s beautiful lean appearance, they are mostly kept around their indigenous areas.

Cretan Hound General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Cretan Hound size:
LargeMedium
Weight
How much does the Cretan Hound weigh? Cretan Hound weight:
Males: 44-66 pounds (20-30 kg), Female: 44-66 pounds (20-30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Cretan Hound? Cretan Hound average weight:
Males: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 55 pounds (25 kg)
Height
How tall is the Cretan Hound? Cretan Hound height:
Male: 19-27 inches (48-68.5 cm), Female: 19-27 inches (48-68.5 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Cretan Hound average height:
Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 23 inches (58 cm)

Cretan Hound Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Cretan Hound have? What does this canine coat look like?
Smooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Cretan Hound's coat?
WhiteSandyFawnCreamGrayBlackBrindle
Grooming
How to groom the Cretan Hound and how often?
Effortless: The Cretan Hound requires minimal 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 sometimes to avoid infections. Cretan Hound is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Cretan Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Kritikos Lagonikos? Cretan Hound shedding level:
Cretan Hounds 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.

Cretan Hound Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Cretan Hound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
IndependentGentleAffectionateHard working
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Cretan Hound? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Cretan Hound's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Cretan Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Cretan Hounds aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Cretan Hounds, 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? Cretan Hound sensitivity:
Cretan Hounds are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, noisy or office environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Cretan Hounds 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 Kritikos Lagonikos need? Cretan Hound social needs:
Cretan Hounds are known to be antisocial. They prefer being left alone. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time.
Barking
Do Cretan Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Kritikos Ichnilatus bark?
Average to high: The Cretan Hound is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Cretan Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Cretan Hounds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Cretan Hound dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Cretan Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Cretan Hounds strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Cretan Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Kritikos Lagonikos? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Cretan Hound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Cretan Hound 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 Cretan Hound do?
Cretan Hounds 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 Cretan Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Cretan Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Cretan Hound roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Cretan Hound is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Cretan Hound have high prey drive?
Cretan Hounds 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 Cretan Hound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Cretan Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Cretan Hound kutyafajtát. Kertben érzi magát a legjobban, ha mégis lakásban szeretnéd tartani, akkor napi szinten hosszabb sétákkal alaposan le kell mozgatni, így a napi rutinok beiktatásával megoldható Cretan Hound tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Cretan Hounds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Cretan Hounds love being alone, they need their own free time. You don't have to worry about leaving them for a few hours alone at home.
Fighting Dog
Where Cretan Hound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Cretan Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Cretan Hound temperament with other people:
Cretan Hounds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Cretan Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Cretan Hound temperament with children:
Cretan Hounds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Cretan Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Cretan Hounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Cretan Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Cretan Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Cretan Hounds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Cretan Hound can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Cretan Hounds good office dogs? Do Cretan Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Cretan Hounds be office dogs?
No
Cretan Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Cretan Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Kritikos Lagonikos temperament with senior people? Are Cretan Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Cretan Hounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Cretan Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Cretan Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Cretan Hounds do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Cretan Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Cretan Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Cretan Hound 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). Cretan Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Cretan Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Cretan Hound be an emotional support animal?
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. Cretan Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Cretan Hound 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. Cretan Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Cretan Hound 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 Cretan Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Cretan Hound be a boat dog?
Not really
Cretan Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Cretan Hound 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. Cretan Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Cretan Hound Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Cretan Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Cretan Hound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Cretan Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Cretan Hound be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Cretan Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Cretan Hounds 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 Cretan Hound have? What is the activity level of the Cretan Hound?
Cretan Hounds 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 activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Cretan Hound dogs require per day?
Cretan Hounds 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?
Cretan Hounds 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 Cretan Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Cretan Hound risk for obesity:
Average. The Cretan Hound 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 Cretan Hound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Cretan Hound 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 Cretan Hound drool?
The Cretan Hound is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Cretan Hound could be a good 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 less than others, just like the Cretan Hound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Cretan Hound 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 Cretan Hound: 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.
How often can the Cretan Hound 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 Cretan Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-7 puppies

Cretan Hound Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Cretan Hound's has great intelligence.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Cretan Hound requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Cretan Hound is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Cretan Hounds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Cretan Hounds love being alone, they need their own free time.
  • Child Friendly: Cretan Hounds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Cretan Hounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Cretan Hounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Trainability: Cretan Hounds aren't famous for their trainability.
  • Hypoallergenic: Cretan Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Cretan Hound kutyafajtát.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Cretan Hound is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Cretan Hounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Cretan Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Cretan Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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