Small Greek Domestic Dog
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GENERALBreed group: Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Herding, Hunting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 20-25 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & Brown, Brown & White, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10-12 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Good for every climate
The Small Greek Domestic Dog is an ancient companion breed originating in Greece. It is a medium size dog with a very pleasing disposition which earns this breed the name Meliteo Kinidio which translates to 'Honey' in English. This breed has been a very loving companion dog for Greek aristocracy for centuries. Believed to have been present since 17th century, the breed has not always enjoyed such exalted position. This breed was once a stray and commonly found on the streets of Greece. This medium size dog was once considered a variant of Alopekis breed and were called Small Greek Housedogs. The Meliteo is the prettier of the two dogs with either long-haired or short-haired coat that come in all colours. This deep chested breed has rather long, drop ears, short muzzle and long body. Almond or oval shaped large eyes have intelligent and bright expression. This dog stands about 15 inches and weighs between 20-25 lbs. It is not only a great family companion, owners will also benefit from its vermin hunting and watchdog abilities. This dog can also be a very good and efficient flock herder. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.
All colors are acceptable for this breed but most commonly it is seen in black and tan, blonde and white coloring.
The Small Greek Domestic Dog is found in two coat varieties. The less common short haired and more common long-haired Small Greek Domestic Dog. The coat is dense, silky and wavy.
For centuries, the Small Greek Domestic Dog has been used primarily as companion dogs due to its very even temperament, lively and loving nature and gentle and kind attitude towards all specially children. This dog forms strong bond with its human family. It makes wonderful companion for children with its ever so friendly and playful nature. It is a breed full of character. This breed is known to sigh and roll its eyes like humans. With a loud bark, reserved nature around strangers and territorial instincts, the dog makes an excellent watchdog. This eye catching breed will endear every one with its pleasing disposition and playful attitude. Though the dog is very obedient and docile to its family, early socialization with other dogs will make this otherwise dog aggressive breed, calm and serene around other dogs. It is a suitable dog for apartment dwellers due to its small size but it does need to be taken for long daily walks.
Either variety, long-haired or short-haired, is easy to groom as the coats just need once a week brushing. Drop ears are more prone to ear infection and should be regularly checked. Bath only when necessary.
This docile and amenable dog is not difficult to train. This eager to please breed will thrive on positive training methods.
The Small Greek Domestic Dog needs to be taken for daily walks to satisfy a dog's primal need to walk. The dog is relatively active indoors and suitable for apartment living it but does need to go out in open area to play, run or walk.