United Kennel Club





Hellenic Hound




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

CLASSIFICATION

: Scenthound

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

: The Hellenic Hound is a medium sized scenthound that originated in Greece. The Hellenic Hound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: A medium sized, short coated, black and tan hound that appears strong and vigorous.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: Lively and keen.

HEAD

: The head is long, and has divergent planes of the top skull and muzzle.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

: The width of the skull is not more than half the total length of the head. The forehead is quite broad, and the skull is fairly flat. The superciliary arches are high. The stop is not pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

: The black nose overhangs the forward vertical lip line.

Muzzle

: The muzzle is as long as, or slightly longer than, the skull. The nasal bridge is straight or slightly arched in males. The lips are well developed, and the edges of the lips are black.

Jaws/Teeth

: The Hellenic Hound has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or level bite.

Eyes

: The medium sized, brown eyes have a lively, intelligent expression. The eyerims are black.

Ears

: The medium length ears are set on high. They are flat and slightly rounded at the tips.

NECK

: Muscular and powerful, without dewlap.

BODY

: The length of the body is 10 percent greater than the height at the withers. The chest is well developed and deep. The ribs are lightly sprung. The withers are slightly raised, and the topline is straight to the loin, which is slightly arched. The back is long and straight. The croup is long, broad and slightly sloping. The belly is lean and slightly tucked up.

TAIL

: The tail is set rather high. It is thick at the root, and tapers to the end, which reaches just to the hock joint. The tail is carried in saber fashion.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

: The shoulder blades and upper arms are sloping and muscular.

FORELEGS

: The legs are straight, long and well boned. The pastern joint is lean, and the pasterns are fairly long, strong and quite upright.

FEET

: The feet are rounded and compact, with arched toes and hard pads.

HINDQUARTERS

: The hindquarters are well muscled and robust.

HIND LEGS

: The thighs are long and strong. There is good angulation at the stifle and hock joints. The rear pasterns are lean and quite long.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: Swift and light.

COAT

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HAIR

: Short, dense and close fitting.

COLOUR

: Black and tan. A small white spot on the chest is tolerated.

SIZE

: Height at the withers for males is 18.5 to 21.5 inches. For females, it is 17 to 20.5 inches. Weight is approximately 37 to 44 pounds.

FAULTS

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SERIOUS FAULTS

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Head: Parallel planes of the skull and muzzle.
Muzzle: Pointed muzzle. Concave nasal bridge.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Overshot or undershot bite. Semi-erect ears. Any color other than black and tan.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot bite.
Ears: Semi-erect ears.
Color: Any color other than black and tan.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.