Alopekis believed to be old dogs that once existed in Greece during the proto-Hellenic regime. Some sources of archaeology suggest its presence in Thessaly, Raphina and Asketario. They can adopt any lifestyle either in urban or countryside dwellings.
The head of the breed is wedge-shaped with a broad skull that is slightly domed with a big brain room. The muzzle is also wedged shaped tapering evenly to the full nose with the leveled top line. Almond to round shaped eyes is somewhat large characterized by intelligent and bright expressions. The eye color is the color of the coat.
|Facts About Alopekis|
|Country of Origin||Greece|
|Other Names||Alopecis, Alepouditsa, Bobis, Bouboudi, Moropa, Venetaki|
|Height||Average: 9 to 13 inches
|Weight||Male (7.5 to 18.5 pounds)
Female (7.5 to 16 pounds)
|Competitive Registrations||DRA (Dog Registry Of America)|
|Litter size||2-5 puppies|
|Color||Black, Black & White, Black & Brown, Light Brown/Golden, White/Cream, white with patches of fawn, brindle, etc.|
|Life Expectancy||12-18 years|
|Coat||Two-layered; short, hard, flat, harsh and medium, wiry and medium.|
Temperament and Personality
The little Alopekis is described as a multi-talented as well as a smart, playful and outgoing house dog. They are very loyal, faithful, obedient and protective. At the same time, they are courageous, watchful working dogs having a cheerful character. As they have friendly and playful nature, they do well with children. However, do not tease them as they may turn aggressive.
The Alopekis can live in an apartment if daily activities are made available. Regular tasks include running, jogging and long walks with owners. As they are athletic, they should be taken for frequent daily walks as exercises will keep them fit and healthy and prevent frustration and boredom.
It needs minimal grooming. Once a week brushing is enough and further removing the mats and cleaning the coat is mandatory to keep them tidy. Occasional bathing is enough and there shedding is moderate.
A healthy diet is mandatory to keep the pet healthy. The quality of feed should be remembered while feeding them as Alopekis should be provided with the correct combination of proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fat. They should also be given pet foods rich in protein from sources like fish, whitefish, turkey, chicken and venison. They do not suffer from any-breed specific health problems.
Alopekis can be easily trained as they very quickly learn to perform both simple and complex tasks obediently. However, their training should be firm, moderate and consistent. They can work hard on farms, walk and run great distances energetically. Popular as a hunting and utility dog as they are known to be a fierce enemy of any type of vermin.
- Wired-haired Alopekis is a rare species
- Extinct in the recent years