The Spanish Greyhound or Galgo Español is an ancient Spanish breed, known to the Romans since antiquity. Its roots can be traced back to the Celts when it was known as "canis gallicus". Later, it evolved as"gallicus" and finally became "Galgo". In the Middle Ages this dog has been used and appreciated mostly by the Spanish aristocracy, but later became popular among the entire Spanish population. There is also a theory that this breed was grown by the Moors in Africa and introduced in Spain during the Arab invasions in the 9th century.
This dog is displayed in paintings of famous artists, such as Goya, and several works of classic authors.
In the 19th and 20th century, the Spanish decided to cross the Galgo with Greyhounds, to increase a speed of the dog. When it sniffs out the prey, it flies like an arrow.
This breed is rare outside of Spain and can be seen mostly at dog shows.
The Spanish Greyhound is big, elegant and noble dog, with compact bone structure, long and narrow head, a flexible tail, which it carries between legs. Eyes are small, almond-shaped. The dog's ears are wide at a base and folded like a rose. The limbs are fine and parallel. Coat is short, smooth, dense and very fine. Its color is different: black, white, red-haired, cinnamon, yellow, fiery red.
Average height is between 60 and 70 cm and weight - 25 to 30 kg.
Character and behavior
This dog has reserved character, typical for all hounds. It is highly valued because of its unobtrusiveness and sincere friendliness. However, it is aloof and even arrogant with strangers. It is very good, sporty, true to the last breath and always watching over its master. The dog is playful outside, but calm and gentle at home.
Training and education
You need to load yourself with patience in training, to achieve good results, because regardless of an excellent qualities of this breed, it is very capricious. No need to force it, because this will cause an opposite effect and your efforts will go in vain.
Grooming and care
This hound may very well live in a house, but it needs large open spaces to run and play. It is in its nature to chase so it does not like enclosed spaces. The only maintenance is a regular brushing, nothing more.
If you are looking for puppies for sale, this is a good choice. This breed is well known for its perfect health. It doesn't suffer from any particular disease or pathology, although it seems fragile.
Average life expectancy is 12 to 14 years.
Children and other pets
The Spanish Greyhound is a perfect pet for all kinds of families and gets along well with small children.
The dog rarely barks, only when it sees a stranger. But if its owners accept him, then it immediately becomes friendly.
When it comes to other dogs, the Spanish Greyhound is reserved, but not aggressive. If you have small pets and rodents at home, keep in mind that this is a hunting dog, that may chase and kill them.
Spanish Greyhounds today are used for hunting in Spain, but we must emphasize that the majority of Spanish hunters who use these dogs just as a hunting tool, abandon them after an end of the hunting season. They often torture them, kill them in brutal ways and this is repeated every year. Therefore, in Spain, as well as in France, Belgium and Switzerland,
Organizations were created for adoption of such abandoned dogs. There is a serious fight to end these inhuman traditions.