This is a healthy, friendly and intelligent breed, but it doesn't make an ideal urban pet, due to its independent spirit, need for plentiful exercise and affinity for howling.
The short coat is dense and moderately coarse, accepted only in black-n-tan colourings, but some working specimens might have small white markings on their chest and feet. Average height is around 20 inches.
the Laconian Hound (a mainland variety of the Cretan Hound) was also instrumental in the formation of the landrace that preceded the Hellenicos Ichnilatis proper. It is argued with persuasive evidence that the progenitors of the Greek Hound were mixtures of the heavier, drop-eared, often black or black and tan big-game hunter Molossian Hound (somewhat like the Suliot Dog) and the lighter, faster, more sighthoundy Cretan & Laconian Hounds (which were essentially primitive hounds).