En­demic Greek dog breed at risk of ex­tinc­tion

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A small breed of dog en­demic to Greece for mil­len­nia is fac­ing ex­tinc­tion, a team of ex­perts said at a con­fer­ence in Thes­sa­loniki within the con­text of the Zootech­nia 2013 ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Alopekis, a fox-like dog with an el­e­gantly curved tail, is be­lieved to have ex­isted in Greece since at least the late Ne­olithic pe­riod as find­ings in Thes­saly, north­ern Greece, sug­gest. It also features fre­quently in an­cient art, ap­pear­ing as a com­pan­ion, a farm helper and play­ing with chil­dren.

Ac­cord­ing to re­search leader and vet­eri­nar­ian Spy­ros Ch­liounakis, the sur­vey of the breed, con­ducted from Fe­bru­ary 2005 to Septem­ber 2012, lo­cated just 58 dogs fit­ting the de­scrip­tion, rais­ing con­cerns that a lack of aware­ness about the breed’s his­tory may soon lead to its dis­ap­pear­ance.

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