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SHEPERD DOG

The Greek shepherd dog has been bred in the mountainous regions for centuries, in order to guard the flocks. Its adaption to the harsh conditions of the mountainous stock raising have helped it develop characteristics that make it an invaluable guardian, able to face the attacks of large carnivores such as the bear and the wolf. Today, this traditionally Greek dog breed is under the danger of extinction due to the reduction of nomadic pastoralism and the uncontrolled interbreeding that has altered its characteristics. It is estimated that less than 3.000 purebred Greek shepherd dogs have remained. In an effort to preserve the breed, ARCTUROS runs the Greek Shepherd Dog Breeding Program since 1998.

SHEPERD DOG

The greatest threat on its life pose the poisoned baits.

SHEPERD DOG

  • Its fur is dense with a double coat, acting as a protection against harsh weather conditions.
  • Its great sense of smell, seeing and hearing, along with its conformation and character, make it a great guardian dog.
  • Some distinguishable characteristics of the shepherd dog are its independence, a high sense of living space, the highly developed instinct to protect the flock, aggressiveness towards wild animals, courage, faith in the team and loyalty.
  • It can easily adapt in the daily life of the flock it moves freely without disturbing the animals, while it develops coexistence relations with them and the protective instinct.
  • Alexander the Great used shepherd dogs from Epirus during his campaigns.
  • Plato mentions that the shepherd dog from Epirus is known from the Homeric times and was famous for its amazing talents.
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