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Elegant and gentle, the Kritikos Lagonikos are originally from the island of Crete (their name translates as ‘Cretan hound’).
They are considered to be one of the oldest hunting dogs in Europe and have lived on Crete for the last 5,000 years. Artefacts with pictures of the breed, as well as specific references of the ‘Kressai kynes’ (or Cretan Dog) have been found dating from the ancient Aegean civilization and in Homer’s epics.
Their breeding has made them well suited to hunting hares by sight or smell. Today, the Kritikos Lagonikos is rarely seen outside of its native Crete. More’s the pity.
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