The Alopekis (Greek: Αλωπεκίς) is a small, foxlike dog from Greece with pricked ears, a sickle-shaped tail, and a smooth short coat.[1]

Alopekis (Αλωπεκίς)
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White Alopekis male[dubious ]
OriginGreece mainly in the Serres region.
Breed statusNot recognised as a breed by any major kennel club.
Dog (domestic dog)

The dog is found throughout Greece but is most commonly seen in northern Greek regions with a lot of farmland and villages, Serres, Drama, Xanthi etc.[2][unreliable source?] The alopekis is believed to be a primitive dog that descended from a type of small dog common to the Balkan peninsula. Alopekis numbers have declined to the point of near extinction in the last half-century, a situation further exacerbated by the mass sterilisation of dogs in some regions to reduce the number of strays, although it still survives in small populations in Northern Greece.[2] Recent efforts have been made to identify surviving populations and save the type.[2]

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  1. ^ Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary E-Book 2012 By Virginia P. Studdert, Clive C. Gay, Douglas C. Blood
  2. ^ a b c "Αρχαιοελληνική ράτσα σκύλου «ζει και κινδυνεύει»" [Ancient Greek dog breed "lives and is in danger"]. To Vima (in Greek). Athens. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2020.