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Lithuanian Hound Dog Breed

A popular native of the Lithuanian Republic, this rare hunting breed was developed from mixing big game hounds with the Beagle, Bloodhound, Polish Hound and later on the Russian Hound. It was close to extinction in the 1970s and was fortunately saved by a special kennel facility that kept the breed standard. Medium-sized and heavily boned, the Lithuanian Hound weighs from 60 to 75 pounds and has a height of 21 to 24 inches. It has a moderately large head that is broad between the ears, a moderately long and strong neck and a medium-sized muzzle. The chest is deep, long and broad. Its eyes are medium-sized and brown, the nose is black and the ears are of moderate length and hang close to the cheeks. Its tail is long and tapers gradually to a point and the feet are round with compact toes accounting for its speed and agility. It has a short, glossy coat that typically comes in black with brown markings on the chest, ears, forehead and muzzle.

The Lithuanian Hound was bred to hunt game such as hare, fox and boar. It has been known as an impressive sight hound, determined and persistent at work. As a household companion it is pleasant and agreeable. It is devoted to its owner and the family but needs to be supervised around children, especially younger ones. There are no known serious health problems for the breed but like any working dog, it should be taken out for a daily exercise or physical activity.

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