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Alopecis, Alepouditsa, Bobis, Bouboudi, Moropa, Venetaki


Alopekis populations existed until recently all over Greece and some of their traditional uses were ratting and the extermination of mice and other small vermin, as well as protection of poultry, such as domestic chickens and ducks from the attacks of foxes; the small dogs can easily fit in the hen coops and curl up inside to spend the night on vigil against their namesake intruder; they also co-operate very well with the bigger flock- guardians and sheepdogs in the farm and on the field. The breed is an excellent and brave little watchdog and quite strong for its size. Before the mass importation of foreign breeds to Greece that started in the 1970s and '80s, the undisputed majority of small dogs in urban and rural areas were mostly Alopekis and Melieo Kynidio or Kokoni.

The Alopekis as a house companion is very affectionate, reliable, devoted, lively, active but not highly-strung nor yappy dog. The typical temperament is confident, outgoing, sociable, happy and very easy to train. Protective and caring towards the other house pets or animals, yet a determined enemy of vermin, a very diligent little worker, a capable hunter and retriever of game and quite playful. The breed is very good with children. As a utility dog and watchdog the Alopekis is courageous, vigilant, alert, spirited and able to cover the distance tirelessly, athletic and with very quick reflexes. At farm or city this is a very useful little working dog and escort that adapts well to all environments and is a joy to live with for dog-lovers of any age and lifestyle.

Size Small
Height Male: 10-13 inches (25-32 cm)Female: 9-12 inches (23-30 cm)
Weight Male: 8-18 pounds (4-8 kg)Female: 7-17 pounds (3.5-7.5 kg)
Lifespan 14-16 years
Colors Black Black & White Blue Brown Cream Fawn Golden Particolor White
Origin Greece
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The Alopekis is suitable for urban or country life, small apartment or farm. It is a very adaptable dog.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. It is also friendly toward other pets.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

The Alopekis should be taken for long daily walks. They need free play, but can adjust to a small household provided they get frequent walks. Very athletic little dogs, ideal for mini-agility!


Easy Training: The Alopekis is known to listen to commands and obey its owner. Expect fewer repetitions when training this breed.



Grooming Requirements

Low Maintenance: Infrequent grooming is required to maintain upkeep.


Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!



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