There were dogs in ancient Greece

Greek races

In the last few centuries the Greek people were barely able to take care of cynological matters due to the political and economic situation. In the 1950s-1960s the value of Greece's ancient dog breeds was recognized as living monuments of its national cultural heritage and efforts to preserve these breeds began. Until the 1970s it was the Greek Cynological Organization E.K.O. (Ελληνικού Κυνολογικού Οργανισμού), which has endeavored to record the various breeds of dogs since it was founded in 1955. The greatest success was the international recognition of the Hellenikos Ichnilatis by the FCI in 1996, this was essentially the scientific work of its chairman, Dr. St. Basourakos, thanks. As the successor to the E.K.O., the Cynological Society of Greece K.O.E (Κυνολογικός Όμιλος Ελλάδος) strengthened the activities to save the endangered Greek dog breeds from 1984. Since 1999 the K.O.E. Full member of the FCI. Since then, the Kritos Lagonikos, the Hellenikos Poimenikos, the White Greek Shepherd Dog, the Molossos Epirou and the Kokoni have been nationally recognized and official stud books have been created for these breeds. The Cyprus Kennel Club is active in Cyprus.
All over Greece, associations for dog lovers and for the breeding or maintenance of different breeds of dogs are now being established. The Athens Canine Society (OKA), for example, is very active. On the Greek mainland, especially in Athens, several well-attended international exhibitions for dogs of all breeds take place every year, as well as several national exhibitions and numerous special breeding shows for certain breeds. There is a large selection of dog magazines, and the clubs organize seminars on a wide range of topics related to dogs. So not only is there a positive development in the field of cynology, but it is also to be expected that the attitude of the Greek population towards dogs in general will change for the better.
International organizations for the rescue of endangered livestock and plants, above all the Save Foundation with the Greek Arctouros working group, have increasingly recognized the value of genetic resources in the isolation of the

many Greek islands and the remote mountain regions of mainland Greece. In addition to old crops and medicinal plants, they primarily want to preserve rare breeds of sheep and goats. But also horse breeds, such as the Georgialidiko Alogo (Γιοργαλίδικο Άλογο) on Crete, should be preserved, and of course these organizations also take care of the rare dog breeds, such as the Kritos Lagonikos, the Lagonikos Tis Rhodou, the Ellenikos Ichnilatis and the Ellenikos Poimenikos.
Cat lovers have also become active in recent years and try to breed the Gatas Tou Aigaiou (Γάτας του Αιγαίου = Aegean cat).
All over Greece, associations for dog lovers and for the breeding or maintenance of different breeds of dogs are now being established. The Athens Canine Society (OKA), for example, is very active. On the Greek mainland, especially in Athens, several well-attended international exhibitions for dogs of all breeds take place every year, as well as several national exhibitions and numerous special breeding shows for certain breeds. There is a large selection of dog magazines, and the clubs organize seminars on a wide range of topics related to dogs. So not only is there a positive development in the field of cynology, but it is also to be expected that the attitude of the Greek population towards dogs in general will change for the better.
International organizations for the rescue of endangered livestock and plants, above all the Save Foundation with the Greek Arctouros working group, have increasingly recognized the value of the genetic resources that are preserved in the isolation of the many Greek islands and the remote mountain regions of the Greek mainland in recent years could. In addition to old crops and medicinal plants, they primarily want to preserve rare breeds of sheep and goats. But also horse breeds, such as the Georgialidiko Alogo (Γιοργαλίδικο Άλογο) on Crete, should be preserved, and of course these organizations also take care of the rare dog breeds, such as the Kritos Lagonikos, the Lagonikos Tis Rhodou, the Ellenikos Ichnilatis and the Ellenikos Poimenikos.
Cat lovers have also become active in recent years and try to breed the Gatas Tou Aigaiou (Γάτας του Αιγαίου = Aegean cat).