The Cretan Hound is a Grecian hunting breed; it is considered to be one of Europe’s oldest hunting dogs. It is an excellent hare hunter and coursing and tracking dog in general, due to its agility, speed, and scenting ability. The breed also makes an excellent guard dog due to instincts. The breed is somewhat rare and isolated.
The Cretan Hound appears similar to a scent hound and sight hound in stature. It is strong yet light on its feat. The breed stands at least 19 inches tall for females and 27 for males, and both generally weigh between 44 and 66 pounds. The head of the Cretan Hound is an elongated wedge shape and its ears are pricked. Its tail, which is one of its most important features, is long and upward-curving, forming a ring with hair underneath. The breed is slender yet powerful.
The Cretan Hound is an affectionate, tolerant breed. It can get along with those it lives with very well, but it might be slightly reserved when it comes to strangers. It is an almost polite breed, until it is on the prowl, and then it becomes unapologetic. The breed hunts by both sight and scent, and becomes quite rigid prior to coursing its prey. When the Cretan Hound is hunting it is most happy and alive.