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Greek shepherd dog (Hellenikos Poimenikos) has been bred for centuries, mainly for guarding livestock in the mountainous regions of our country. Its adaptation to the extreme conditions of mountain farming, over the centuries gave it the opportunity to develop certain characteristics that make it a valuable and irreplaceable guardian, and perfectly capable of coping with the attacks of large carnivores, such as bears and wolves. Alexander the Great used Epirus shepherd dogs in his expeditions, and Plato mentions that the shepherd dog of Epirus is known since Homer and it was famous for its amazing talents.
Today this Greek traditional dog breed is in danger of extinction. The decline of livestock farming and uncontrolled interbreeding with other dogs altered its distinctive characteristics and it has been estimated that currently, less than 3,000 pure Greek shepherd dogs have remained in the country. In an attempt to rescue it, ARCTUROS has been implementing the Greek Shepherd Dog Breeding Program since 1998.
Zagorohoria, Epirus, Greece, Europe
Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 mm at 200 mm, 1/1000 sec at f/ 8, ISO 200
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