Cretan Hounds are said to have existed for more than 3000 years in the Crete island. The ancestors of this dog came to Greece and were bred with the local dogs to adjust to the environment. Initially bred to hunt small animals, they soon became famous for it. After some years, it spread to other European countries and served the same purpose of hunting. Although in Crete, this dog remains unchanged.
Facts About Cretan Hound
|Breed Group||Guard, hunting, and watchdog|
|Country of Origin||Greece|
|Other Names||Cretan Tracing Dog, Cretan Hunting Dog, Kritikos Ichnilatus, Kritikos Lagonikos, Cretan Tracer and Cretan Rabbit Dog|
|Size & Height||20-27 inches|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA, KCG|
|Litter Size||3-6 puppies|
|Colour||White, sandy, fawn, cream, gray, black, brindle, bi-colored, tri-colored coat
White, black, sandy, cream, fawn, brindle, tri-colored, and bi-colored
|Life Expectancy||12-14 years|
|Coat||Short and smooth|
Temperament & Personality
Cretans are highly focused and energetic dogs that are skilled in coursing or chasing. At the same time, they are affectionate and gentle as a companion dog. In front of strangers, this dog will act in a reserved manner and will make noises if it senses something strange. With the right upbringing, it will behave appropriately. Due to its intelligence, only experienced dog owners can keep it properly.
This dog has high activity needs due to its energetic and hard-working lifestyle. Long walks and intense playing sessions will provide it adequate mental and physical stimulation. Access to a fenced yard or a dog park will be beneficial as the dog will get a chance to mingle with kids and other dogs. Make sure it is leashed so that it doesn’t chase cars.
The short coat of the Cretan is easy to manage and brushing it one or two times every week will keep it healthy. Do not bathe it too often or else the natural oils of the skin will be lost. Check and wipe the ears and eyes to prevent infections. Cut the long nails with the right tools or by a professional groomer.
The Cretan Hound is a healthy breed with long life, there are only minor health concerns such as hip dysplasia, eye problems, infections, etc.
Training as long as one uses the right methods is easy. The owner should be consistent and firm to control the dog’s attitude. Use treats and praises to motivate it and refrain from using negative techniques. Early socialization and obedience skills should be taught in the puppyhood.
Two meals of good quality food, 3 to 4 cups every day will ensure the Cretan is in good shape. The amount of food may change according to the age, size, and metabolism of the dog.