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Colombian Gegar
Estados Unidos Not recognized by the FCI

Gegar Colombiano

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History

The Colombian Gegar (Gegar Colombiano) It is a dog breed created by the late Germán García y García, recognized breeder of dogs in Colombia where the race is named.

Research for the creation of this race begins in 1975, This is practically a new race, created with the intention that Colombia had a national dog with standard, as the Peruvian Inca, the Dogo Argentino, the Fila Brasileiro or the Chihuahua Mexican.

It's still a breed in the making, at around 200 copies located in Bogotá, Ibagué and los Llanos.

He is a descendant of the Basenji, the Canaan Dog and a primitive breed from the interior of the Colombian country, that currently is considered extinct. However, it is common to see similarities between the “Gegar” and the wild dogs or “Creole” also called “Gozques“, you roam the streets of the Colombian cities.

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Gegar Colombiano
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The research for the development of the breed, headed by Germán García y García begins with an extensive tour of the Colombian Atlantic Coast, García y García realized that similar "races" existed in the towns of this region., similar to a European race, exactly from Spain and that were brought to Colombia at the time of the Conquest, According to García y García, in this part of the investigation, he did not have to make a major investment in the acquisition of these specimens., that on average one hundred pesos of the time paid by animal.

The second part of the research was developed in Bogotá where Germán García y García meeting 20 Creole dogs or “Gozques” How are they known in the country?, in order to establish that the wild dogs (Gozques) they are the product of a mixture which began with the Ibizan Hound, native of Ibiza, breed brought by the Spanish to America.

This race, very popular in Mallorca, joined to the Basenji, that arrived aboard slave ships from Africa and whose characteristic is a rarity among canines: no bark, as dogs, but meows, as cats.

The crossing of that Spanish dog with this African one resulted in this particular “Creole” breed., or “Gozque“, with that shortly after the conquest were populated coastal areas of the Magdalena, like the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and the other countries where Spaniards and Africans landed with their pets.

Inside the investigations Garcia and Garcia He also warned of the similarity that Colombian specimens have with the breed Cirneco dell'Etna, very popular in the region of Sicily, Italy. That is when the first obstacle of the investigation would appear., since no specimen of this breed could be brought to the country. So decide to bring a Basenji, but the crosses with the Colombian trees are a failure. Although it achieved three generations, the expected result was not achieved. Ears not stopped and even barked.

Garcia and Garcia continues with the investigation in Mexico where as a jury in a world dog show is located, not only with the races he knew, If not with a totally new for him, the Canaan Dog, It is identical in many ways the Colombian native dog. Garcia and Garcia make crosses with these millennial dogs and finally, achieved what I wanted, an animal taller than the "criollo", with almost the same measurements at Basenji, zealous guardian, with a feathered tail and other characteristics exclusive to this breed.

Among the special features are, his extreme loyalty to the master, distrust to strangers, excellent Hunter, vigilant and boisterous and of great economy, because it does not require a special diet.

Physical characteristics

It is a small breed due to crossings which comes from, but it is a heavy-duty sniffer, excellent sense of smell and good habits of cleanliness, Constitution solid, its head is triangular skull measured the same as the snout, ears large in proportion to the head, upright, almond-shaped eyes, with scissor bite, not very short neck, long balanced body level dorsal line. Their front legs are straight, the later ones with low angle, queue in the form of sickle on the back.

The male measures of 38 to 43 cm and female 35,5 to 40,5 cm to the cross, and the weight of the males is of 10 to 14 kilos and the female 8 to 12 Kg.

Is chestnut pure and striped, in light shades to dark and can have these freckles of the same base color and white spots.

Character and skills

His temperament is of nobility to their masters, but rather distrustful with strangers, Intelligent, easy to educate, lively, good relationship with children and other pets including other breeds of dog depending on their education.

Great instinct for hunting, especially of animals such as hares and rabbits, and even rats, of great physical activity, He likes to work and activities with his master. Its longevity varies between 10 and 15 years of life.

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Spanish greyhound
España FCI 285 . Short-haired Sighthounds

Galgo espanol

The Spanish greyhound is highly appreciated for your discretion and sincere affection, never inordinate, that he professes for his owner.

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History

The Spanish greyhound it is an ancient breed of hunting dog. His specialty is hunting hares and other small game in difficult terrain.. The Spanish greyhound They are persistent and fast sight hunters. Type dogs Greyhound already described in the first reports of antiquity. They represent one of the oldest types of dog and have not changed their basic design for thousands of years. Its resemblance to the ancient Egyptian hunting dog Tesem, one of the oldest and also fairly well documented dog breeds of all, it's amazing.

Of 1930 to 1935, the wealthy landowners of southern Spain imported Greyhounds from England and raised here with the Greyhounds original. As the races of Greyhounds had become popular on English racecourses, saw an advantage in the crossing of the fast racing greyhounds. But, It was overlooked that these extremely high speeds of a greyhound occurred on flat tracks. In the changing, uneven and stony hunting grounds of a Spanish greyhound they are rather a disadvantage. Like a sports car off the road. But, This wave of imports meant that the real Spanish greyhound in the sense of purity and original function. It also, in his homeland little attention was traditionally paid to purity in the modern upbringing sense. Mixtures with Warren hound, for example, are standard. Plus, a large part of the population lives relatively self-determined anyway. All this is not a disadvantage for the quality and well-being of the dogs, not even for the race. And rather it favors the old Greyhound almost finds himself again and the influences of the Greyhound.

In the past, most dogs were bred according to this almost classical principle of selection for suitability, around the world. Mainly performance for the purpose counted. So, the breed can also be considered healthy in essence, healthier than many of the “high creators” pure-bred. The FCI, the world dog breeding association, officially recognized the breed Spanish greyhound in 1971. In 1982 a revised standard was written. It describes an anatomy that does justice to the special use of a hunting whippet in sight for persistent hare hunting in the field.

Popular mixes

There are many more mixes of Spanish greyhound which pure breeds according to the specifications of the dog breeding. Many of the stray dogs in the Iberian Peninsula descend from the Spanish greyhound, that -like the Warren hound– they are simply abandoned after being used by hunters. These dogs have developed a marked aptitude and cunning, that they used especially in their constant search for food.

Physical characteristics

The Spanish greyhounds show the typical appearance of a European greyhound. In Spain they are ubiquitous, but above all as street dogs and according to the pedigree breeding criteria above all mixes. This does not have to be a disadvantage with these dogs.. Along the centuries, have established themselves very well and have developed their type. But, the greyhounds they also have an official standard as purebred dogs for a long time 50 years. The official standard describes them like this:

The Spanish greyhound is of considerable size, medium format, slightly convex profile, elongated, with elongated skull. compact skeleton, long narrow head, spacious chest, belly very tucked up and very long tail. Clearly vertical and muscular hindquarters.

He wears thin and short hair or -very rarely- semi-long and rough. The Spanish greyhound they do not have undercoat, what can be a problem in the harsh winters of northern Europe. All colors are permitted. The ears should form a wide, triangular-shaped base. When you are alert, the ears are half prick in the first third with the folded ends pointing to the sides. When they are at rest (relaxed) form a rose ear near the head.

What is the size of a “Spanish greyhound”?

No weight is prescribed, but yes the desired size. The Spanish greyhound must have a height at the cross of 62 to 70 centimeters for males and 60 to 68 centimeters for females.

How many years does a “Spanish greyhound”?

There are no exact figures on the life expectancy of Spanish greyhounds. But, life expectancy can be considered very high, specifically of 12 to 15 years or more, provided there is no inbreeding.

Character and skills

The Spanish greyhound they are hunting dogs and greyhounds at the same time. They are very agile and alert. Almost nothing escapes your keen senses. Especially when they are young dogs, nervously yearn for exercise and experiences, ideally of a hunting nature and above all with the option of being able to run freely. As they tend to have a strong hunting instinct, this need so ingrained in the dogs of our latitudes can rarely be satisfied in nature.

It is an experience to see the greyhounds run in freedom. They can sprint quickly, even on difficult terrain, and they can make amazing hooks.

The Spanish greyhound they are very intelligent and docile. They quickly know what is allowed and what is taboo. They are kind and open with people. They have a good-natured character and can be charmingly cuddly.. They seek a close bond with their owners and are loyal to them. But they also go their own ways. Due to the harsh performance-oriented selection in their home country, they are very hard and resistant. In the specimens that were socialized as street dogs and then taken to other countries, a drive for freedom is often observed that should not be underestimated. The belt, which on the other hand gives the dogs a feeling of security, perceived as a threat and a constriction.

Many of these dogs find life in densely populated cities stressful., more than the usual struggle for survival in their home country. This also applies to restrictions on dogs. They can become so fearful and shy, who are under constant stress. They are challenges for the dog, and the owners, but in many cases they can be solved well with canine sense and a little affection. But, we cannot recommend them as a beginner dog.

What care does a “Spanish greyhound”?

The Spanish greyhound he is extremely frugal. It is enough to brush the coat with a spiked glove from time to time.

Are there diseases typical of the breed? “Spanish greyhound”?

Against the background of performance-oriented selection in its country of origin and fluid genetic boundaries there with corresponding unknown inbreeding, his health is extremely robust and exemplary. This can be different sometimes with show dogs bred in other countries. The Spanish greyhound they do not have undercoat. They need professional clothing when it is very cold.

What food is best for a “Spanish greyhound”?

The Spanish greyhound has no special dietary requirements. It is a true omnivore. Of course, high quality food is good for your health and you like it too. The Spanish greyhound it is also suitable for “barfing profesional”.

Activities with him “Spanish greyhound”

How much exercise does a Spanish Greyhound need??

The Spanish greyhound it is a real hunting dog and sighthound. The Sighthound Association offers the opportunity to participate in sighthound races or coursing events with Spanish greyhound to keep the dog busy and physically active. Other dog sports, like agility, are also suitable. Due to his strong motivation for hunting, training requires a lot of patience and empathy.

Considerations before adopting a “Spanish greyhound”

Where can you adopt a “Spanish greyhound”?

If you want to share your life with a Spanish greyhound, you should look up a breeder or local animal shelters well before you buy one and make contacts here. The breeder must be trusted. Please, do not buy a Greyhound online, as there is a high risk that the puppy comes from a dog vendor disguised as an animal welfare organization. You can easily find greyhound-type dogs at a trusted animal shelter near you..

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Type and recognitions:

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Federations:

  • FCI – Group 10: Section 3: Short-haired Sighthounds
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FCI breed standard "Spanish greyhound"

FCIFCI - Spanish greyhound
Greyhound

Alternative names:

1. Spanish Galgo, Galgo (English).
2. Galgo espagnol (French).
3. Galgo, Galgo español (German).
4. Galgo español (Portuguese).
5. Lebrel español, Galgo (español).

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Greyhound (English Greyhound)
Irlanda Gran Bretañaa FCI 158 . Short-haired Sighthounds

The Greyhound It is a breed of dog that is used mainly as a companion and competition animal..

Galgo Inglés

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History

There are several explanations about the origin of the name Greyhound. Some say it is due to the gray color of the breed, but the most popular theory is that the name comes from Old English “grei”, What dog, and “hundr”, what does hunter mean.

Whatever the origin of your name, the Greyhound it is one of the oldest dog breeds, which is confirmed by its genetic characteristics. It also, although it is impossible to determine the exact date, the first mentions of this breed date back to more than 8.000 years.

More recently, it was also depicted in drawings from ancient Egypt (3200-1100 a.C.). There is also evidence of its presence and use in ancient Greece (766-323 a.C.). He was already known for his athletic qualities and great speed., and the Greeks already organized dog races.

Later, the Greyhound It is also mentioned in the writings of the Roman poet Ovid (43-17 or 18 a.C.). It is also the only breed of dog mentioned in the Bible..

It is very likely that it originated in the Sloughi (Arabian Greyhound), who accompanied Phoenician sailors in ancient times. They used him as a hunting dog in the desert, activity in which its speed and robustness worked wonders. The Arabian Greyhound has long been recognized as a sign of nobility, and was especially known in dog racing.

The Greyhound has also been portrayed throughout history as a noble canine breed, both in art and literature, especially in english. In fact, have long been associated with royalty. Many medieval tapestries depict the dog as a companion of the aristocracy and the kings of France and England.. It was generally used for hunting deer and wild boar.. Between the 11th and 14th centuries, an english law (the Canute Laws of Great Britain, enacted in 1016) it even stipulated that no criminal could possess a greyhound, which further confirmed the prestige of the breed.

After an undeniable success throughout Europe, It is said that it appeared in America in the 16th century, brought by Spanish explorers.

Three centuries later, when the first dog shows were organized in England and the United States, was immediately one of the first breeds to be exhibited. Nothing less than 18 Sighthounds Englishmen competed in the first Westminster Kennel Club show in 1877.

On the american side, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed in 1885. The first greyhound race was held there the following year, in 1886, although the National Greyhound Association was not founded until twenty years later, in 1906.

Dog racing is still very popular in the United States and other countries, and the Greyhound still a favorite. In fact, nicknamed “the cheetah of the canine world”, can reach speeds higher than those of any of its peers: he is the fastest dog in the world. It must be said that this breed has been selected for thousands of years to hunt leaving its prey behind, so today it can reach speeds of about 70 km/h. But, just like the cheetah, the maximum speed of the Greyhound can only be reached in a short distance, since it does not have a great resistance.

And if that was not enough, he is also very skilled, able to anticipate each movement of a prey and to change direction quickly while maintaining high speed. They also have the ability to perform prodigious jumps.: one of its representatives holds the world record for high jump among dogs since 2006, with a jump of 1,72 height meters performed without running.

On an international level, the Greyhound has become known mainly through races and dog shows. The breed was recognized in the late 19th century by the British Kennel Club and by the American Kennel Club (1885). The United Kennel Club (UKC) American and the International Cynological Federation (FCI) it took a little longer, waiting until 1914 to do the same.

More recently, the misfortunes of these dogs have contributed in some way to their notoriety. In fact, Greyhound racing has been the subject of controversy regarding its ethics and, above all, to the fate of retired greyhounds. In fact, the latter are often abandoned, Euthanized or sold to laboratories for use in animal experiments. Many shelters and animal protection organizations have taken up the issue, to the point where greyhounds - including the Greyhound– have gained in popularity as family dogs.

Physical characteristics

The Greyhound characterized by a slim body with a slightly arched back, a long neck, a long, thin head and ears usually folded over the neck. The tail is low, quite long and slightly curved. The torso is generally broad, as it houses large lungs and a fairly large heart.

In fact, this dog has physical characteristics that allow it to run at incredible speeds. Every line of your body is an advantage in this regard.: its length, his thinness, his deep chest, your flexible spine, its strong hind legs, his long tail and remarkable hips combine to make him a very powerful dog.

But, there is a physical distinction between two types of greyhounds: the Greyhound racing and the Greyhound competition. In general, the English racing greyhound is smaller: the height of the male ranges from 63 and 76 cm., that of the female between 61 and 74 cm.. Its weight is also slightly lower. The racing greyhound also has a more muscular neck and shoulders than the show greyhound., that looks slimmer, despite its larger size: of 71 to 76 cm for the male, and 68 to 74 cm for female.

Last, whether they are racing dogs or show dogs, English greyhounds have a short, very fine coat that requires very little maintenance. Their fur comes in a wide variety of colors: white, brown, red, gray and brindle.

Size and weight

▷ Male size: 63 – 76 cm.
▷ female size: 61 – 74 cm.
▷ Male weight: 30 – 35 kg
▷ female weight: 28 – 32 kg

Character and skills

The Greyhound is known to be a very intelligent dog, playful, obedient, strong and robust.

He is also a very kind companion, showing very little aggressiveness towards other dogs. This is because this breed was specially selected to run and hunt in a group.. On the other hand, its prey hunting instinct is extremely strong, so it may not be suitable for a household with a small pet, like a rabbit. So that this coexistence is possible, the puppy will need a lot of socialization and training to temper his hunting instinct from an early age. In any case, keep in mind that the hunting instinct is very strong in this breed; even though he has gotten used to his presence, it is recommended to supervise in all circumstances their possible coexistence with small domestic animals.

His hunting instinct also explains that, when going for a walk with your dog, your strap must always be well fastened. He is the most athletic of all dogs and is capable of reaching speeds even a runner cannot. 100 meters can approach. This means that it would be very difficult for a careless owner to try to catch up with his Greyhound.

If coexistence with other species can be problematic, The same should not happen with living with children. The Greyhound He is an excellent family dog ​​and is very tolerant of children. But, it is recommended to avoid living with young children or those who are not used to interacting with dogs. Having said that, When the Greyhound you are in an inappropriate situation, will usually try to get away from her, instead of growling or biting.

On the other hand, Exposure to crowds can cause real stress in a Greyhound insufficiently socialized. But, they are not usually aggressive towards strangers: they usually limit themselves to barking or making a specific movement of the ears to warn their owners of the presence of a stranger.

It also, contrary to what his athletic abilities might suggest, they require less exercise than most other breeds, since they do not have a great resistance. The Greyhound It is also a very docile and calm dog that loves naps. In fact, his favorite activity is… have no activity! He's glad to spend the day just dozing, surrounded by his family.

Thus, the Greyhound it is a breed of dog suitable for a flat or a house with a small garden. Despite his large size and athletic build, space is not a problem for him, as long as its owner offers a comfortable and cozy place to rest. But, it is recommended to provide the garden with a solid fence to prevent the dog from running away if it occurs to him to chase other animals beyond his territory. But, an electric fence for dogs is often ineffective with them, since his hunting instinct prevails.

Last, it is usually recommended that Greyhound retirees available for adoption wear muzzles, as they may be tempted to bite smaller dogs or other animals. But, this may be a temporary measure while your new pet adjusts to his new environment and you gain better control of his temper. It also, as most dogs have lived with other dogs and with humans, may suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for a long time. Shelters and other organizations that facilitate the adoption of these dogs are often a good source of information to guide you in finding the right companion.

In any case, there is no genetic evidence of behavioral differences between the two types of Greyhound. So, if there are such differences, breeders attribute them to the training and experience of each dog.

Education

The Greyhound it is a very intelligent breed of dog, and it is quite easy to train. Usually, they are very obedient and learn quickly. But, they can be stubborn with certain orders, so patience and perseverance are the keywords to keep in mind during training. This may be the case when teaching your dog to sit., since it is quite an awkward position for him. Does not adopt it naturally, and rather it seems that it is balanced on its tail.

As he is quite proud and has a sensitive temperament, it is better not to be rude or aggressive with him, and this is especially true when trained. Dog training techniques that use positive reinforcement rather than punishment are the most successful with this breed. This is the case, above all, if food is used as a motivator.

In general, the Greyhound is loyal but independent, and requires a secure owner. Usually, quickly bond with their owner and obey him as soon as they learn his job.

Last, it is especially important to socialize him with other dogs and humans of all kinds from an early age, so as not to let his natural shyness get the better of him. If this happens, you may have a hard time adjusting to changes in your environment or your schedule. Various socialization techniques can be used, how to enroll him in a puppy school, stroll it through public gardens or take it to outdoor events. In any case, it is important to provide a variety of opportunities and types of socialization so that your dog is as comfortable as possible in public and in interactions with humans.

Health

The Greyhound is especially prone to certain diseases: Hip Dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, von Willebrand disease and gastric problems.

The Dysplasia in dogs it is a developmental anomaly of a tissue that is present from birth and causes deformities. It is especially prevalent in racing sighthounds, since excessive physical activity accelerates the onset and development of the disease.

As the Greyhound is sensitive to intestinal inflammation, physical activity should be avoided - including simple walking- in the 30 minutes before or after a meal. This is because intestinal bloating can lead to inflammation or even twisting of the stomach., what can be deadly.

The Hypothyroidism in dogs it means that the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. The consequences can range from reduced fertility to more serious problems, like dog obesity, lethargy and irregular heat cycles. But, although this breed is actually prone to hypothyroidism, it is not uncommon for individuals to be misdiagnosed due to lack of knowledge of their normal hormone levels. So, it is important to choose a veterinarian who knows the physiological peculiarities of the Greyhound, related to the fact that it has a slightly larger heart than other dogs. This leads to higher blood pressure and, often, to a slight heart murmur. It is not a problem, but a veterinarian unaware of this feature could make an incorrect diagnosis.

The von Willebrand disease is the most common inherited blood clotting disorder in dogs.

It also, the Greyhound you are at risk of being overweight, especially individuals withdrawing from careers. It is common for them to win around 2 kg, but you have to be careful not to exceed this threshold. So, it is important to carefully monitor your dog's weight and not overfeed it.

The Greyhound used for racing also have dental hygiene problems. This health problem is not shared with individuals used for dog shows and the cause does not appear to be genetic., rather it is due to the living conditions of the racing dogs.

Last, due to its short coat and low percentage of fat, the Greyhound it is a breed sensitive to cold. It is recommended to equip it with a dog coat when you go out in cold or rainy weather, and make sure you always have a warm place to rest. For the same reason, make sure the places where you can rest are soft, to avoid the appearance of bedsores (also known as “bed sores”).

The low percentage of body fat also makes the Greyhound is more sensitive than other breeds to anesthetics and certain medications. So, it is recommended to choose a veterinarian who is familiar with the breed and its physiology (including hormone levels) to avoid misdiagnosis or inappropriate treatment.

Life expectancy

10 to 13 years

Grooming

The Greyhound it is a low maintenance breed, as its short, shiny coat requires little brushing. Brush the dog's coat weekly, preferably with a comb or a rubber glove, it is enough to remove dead skin and excess hair, while helping to distribute body oils to keep the coat shiny. During brushing, it is advisable to examine the skin for redness and lesions, especially around the nose, mouth, eyes and paws.

If the coat is well groomed, the Greyhound rarely need a bath.

But, are prone to dental hygiene problems, so regular brushing is recommended to avoid plaque build-up.

It also, like the ears of the Greyhound they are usually bent, it is important to inspect them weekly to avoid the development of infections, manifested by the presence of redness and / or bad smells. The outer part of the ear can be cleaned with a cotton swab slightly moistened with a special solution for cleaning dogs' ears.. But, it is important never to insert anything into the ear canal.

Last, if they do not wear out naturally due to a rather sedentary lifestyle, it is necessary to trim the dog's nails once or twice a month to avoid scratches or other problems.

Food

To limit the risk of obesity, it is recommended to measure the food that is given to the greyhound and divide it into two portions: one in the morning and one at night.

As a general rule, of 2,5 to 4 cups of quality dry feed are sufficient for males and 1,5 to 3 cups for females.

Use

The Greyhound was first used as a hunting dog, which explains why the tracking instinct is still very present in this breed, although this use has almost disappeared.

It also, This breed has long been recognized for its athletic abilities and remains one of the most widely represented in dog sports today. Of course, the breed is especially known for sighthound racing, whether by sight or by chance. It was in his home country, Great Britain, where the Sighted Pursuit in the middle of the 18th century, and where the races on artificial hares made their appearance in 1927. It also, the Greyhound also usually participates in obedience and agility competitions.

In addition to the sports lines of the Greyhound, there are also lines for dog shows.

Last, the Greyhound increasingly used as a companion dog, and it has many qualities for it. A person who wishes to adopt a Greyhound as a companion dog you can certainly opt for a puppy, which is always an attractive option, but keep in mind that there are also many available Greyhound retired adults (sometimes prematurely), and they can represent a magnificent option. In fact, in recent years, many non-profit organizations (shelters, animal protection associations, etc.) campaigns have been launched to raise awareness among the general public about the fate of greyhounds used for racing (abandonment, euthanasia, sale to laboratories, etc.) and to find adoptive families for retired copies. This has allowed the general public to better understand the Greyhound and its potential as a family dog.

Price

The price of a Greyhound of a professional breeder varies between 900 and 3.600 EUR. This very wide range is explained by the fact that the price depends largely on the lineage of the dog and its age.: in general, increases with age, especially in the case of racing sighthounds that have begun their training.

In the case of horses withdrawn from races and available for adoption in shelters, the price to adopt a Greyhound usually oscillates between 250 and 300 EUR, depending on the care offered by the shelter in question.

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1 – Greyhound by https://pixabay.com/es/photos/galgos-windhunderennen-5373255/
2 – Greyhound by Adam.J.W.C., CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
3 – Greyhound by MTSOfan
4 – Greyhound striped (1 year) and male greyhound (8 months) leonado. by Tux-Man, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
5 – Greyhound by No machine-readable author provided. Pleple2000 assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
6 – Greyhound by https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/greyhound/

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Type and recognitions:

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Federations:

  • FCI – Group 10: Section 3: Short-haired Sighthounds
  • AKC – Hounds Toy
  • ANKC – (Hounds)
  • CKC – Hounds
  • ​KC – Hounds
  • NZKC – Hounds Toy
  • UKC – Hounds


FCI breed standard "Greyhound (English Greyhound)"

FCIFCI - Greyhound (English Greyhound)
Greyhound

Alternative names:

1. English Greyhound (English).
2. Greyhound (French).
3. Großer Englischer Windhund (German).
4. (em inglês: Greyhound) (Portuguese).
5. Lebrel ingés, Greyhound (español).

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Italian Greyhound
Italia FCI 200 . Short-haired Sighthounds

Galgo Italiano

The Italian Greyhound despite being an Italian breed, not widely used in your country.

Content

History

Of ancient origin, the Italian Greyhound He is a descendant of the small sighthounds that were present in the court of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.

The current breed is believed to have originated in what is now Turkey and Greece.. Although it is not clear if the breed was used as a hunting dog or as a companion dog. (or maybe both), it is clear that he made a strong impression there, to the point that it is represented in many ceramic finds during archaeological excavations.

The breed spread to Italy around the 5th century BC.. Italian Greyhound Remains Found in Pompeii, city ​​buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in the year 79 a.C.

There are few traces of this dog until the Middle Ages, when he became the favorite of the nobility. Although the dog was found in most of Mediterranean Europe, was particularly successful in Italy, where its current name comes from. Once again, the artists of the time chose to pay tribute to him: This time, was immortalized in the paintings of the great masters.

Little by little he conquered northern Europe and arrived in Great Britain in the 16th century., where it soon became popular with the nobility, and was even adopted by some sovereigns. His popularity in Europe grew steadily, peaking in the 19th century, but the conflicts of the first half of the 20th century decimated their ranks.

Fortunately, had already crossed the Atlantic to the United States, to the point that the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed in 1886. Although their number was never very great, it was these American lines that contributed to the post-war revival of the breed. In fact, to reinstate their breeding programs, European breeders (and in particular those of Great Britain) They resorted to importing animals from the United States.

In 1948, the United Kennel Club (UKC) American recognized breed, followed in 1956 by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FC). Today, all the main canine associations recognize the Italian Greyhound, o IG, as it is affectionately known by Anglo fans.

Like this, is present all over the world and enjoys a certain popularity, that tends to grow. in your country of origin, each year more than 300 dogs in the Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana, versus less than 200 at the end of the years 200. In United States, ranks 70 (of 195) among the most popular breeds, according to the number of annual registrations in the AKC. In the United Kingdom, registrations are increasing considerably, going from little more than 200 per year around 2010 twice that figure alone 10 years later. The same upward trend is observed in France, where now more than 450 copies per year in the Livre des Origines Français (LOF), in front of some 200 in the decade of 1990 and principles of 2000. In the news, it is the second most popular sighthound breed in the country, far behind the Whippet.

Physical characteristics

The Italian Greyhound has, as the name reflects, the elegant and distinguished look of a miniature greyhound. In fact, It is the smallest of the sighthounds.

Her slender body is almost perfectly square, its length is equal to its height at the withers. Their slender legs, with a refined bone structure, have well-developed musculature, but not bulky. The tail, carried low in its first half and then curved up, it is also very fine.

The head is long, oblong and narrow, sitting on a long, muscular neck, with a diameter greater than that of the skull, which is flat. Its conical snout ends in a black nose, or at least dark. His big round eyes, very expressive, they are rather dark brown. His little ears, carried high, they have fine cartilage and fold in on themselves. When the dog is on the prowl, stands upright and the lobe is placed in a horizontal position, a position called “windlass”.

The mantle of Italian Greyhound has no undercoat and consists of short hair, silky and fine that covers the whole body without fringes. The coat can be any shade of black, gray or isabela (a color between beige and yellow). There may be some white markings on the chest and feet.

Last, sexual dimorphism is very mild: males and females are roughly the same size and weight.

Size and weight

▷ Male size: 32 to 38 cm.
▷ female size: 32 to 38 cm.
▷ Male weight: 5 kg
▷ female weight: 5 kg

Character and skills

The Italian Greyhound He is very affectionate with the members of his family. He likes to spend most of his time with them., either playing, walking, lounging next to you or sneaking under the covers for the night. Can tolerate being left alone relatively well when master is working, especially if you know that you will receive affection and attention when you return. On the other hand, You are likely to suffer from separation anxiety if you have to spend a whole weekend away from your family. It is a dog that needs attention, and is able to spend hours with his master on the living room sofa, but also to follow him with curiosity throughout the house.

No matter how close he is to his family, this dog is very shy in the presence of strangers: after barking to signal its presence, runs and hides to watch from a distance how things are going.

Live very well with young people, who are excellent playmates for him: It is a recommended dog for children. But, children must have learned to behave with an animal and be aware that it is not a toy, to avoid any form of abuse. This is especially true since the miniature size of this dog, attached to their fine and brittle bones, means that accidents can happen very quickly. They should also be careful to speak to you in a calm voice., as he would soon be frightened by loud shouts of joy or exaggerated crying. In any case, regardless of race, the interaction between a dog and a young child should always take place under the supervision of an adult.

The sociability of Italian Greyhound spreads to other animals, so living with them is not usually a problem. But, if the Italian Greyhound must share a home with a larger dog, it is important to ensure that the larger dog does not see the Italian Greyhound like prey or disturb him too violently when playing together. It also, this dog likes to chase everything that moves, what could be a source of stress for a small rodent like a mouse, although it is unlikely that it will actually be attacked.

In fact, the Italian Greyhound is an active dog, who likes to run, jump and play, although, of course, this decreases as you get older. Agility is an ideal dog sport to satisfy your need for exercise. But if you don't have access to the outside, quickly find a clue among the living room furniture, that you can use, for example, to run and jump on the highest furniture. It must be said that this dog shares with cats a special fondness for high places, so it is not uncommon to find him frolicking on the kitchen table or bedroom dresser.

But, they can live well in a flat, as long as they have enough space to exercise for at least an hour a day. But, the owner should be aware that they may have cleaning problems, especially if not taken for walks often enough. Thus, it is recommended that you have access to the outdoors, where he can run and relieve himself before returning to the heat of home, in every sense. As it is difficult for him to contain himself when he feels like it, a dog hatch is ideal so that he can go to the garden independently. This also makes it easy for you to sunbathe in the garden whenever you want., since it is one of his favorite activities. But, the garden must not have gaps through which it can slip and must be fenced with a fence of at least 1,5 m high to prevent it from jumping. In any case, an underground electric fence would not be an effective device, since it is not the download received that would make it go back. In fact, his propensity to run after anything that moves means he can take off quickly as soon as he is given the chance. For the same reason, it is recommended to always carry it on a leash when walking. This is all the more true since it can reach speeds of up to 40 km/h, which makes it very difficult to catch it once it has started.

In this regard, remember that, like all sighthounds, the Italian Greyhound has a neck wider than the head, which makes the usual collars ineffective. There are special collars on the market for this type of dog, but a simple harness can also achieve the desired result.

A little manipulative, the Italian Greyhound tends to do what he wants and can easily guide a master who does not know how to teach him the family hierarchy and who allows himself to be touched by his big eyes. However, is an intelligent dog, who generally likes to please his family. They can teach you some tricks and, in general, he loves games that stimulate him both physically and mentally. In particular, does not tire of looking for a ball and loves any activity that involves searching or chasing an object.

His drive makes him capable of getting into difficult situations, especially when he is young. In fact, This reckless little guy doesn't realize how fragile he is, and many representatives of the breed end up with a broken leg after trying to jump from too high a place.

Last, has a much more powerful voice than its small size suggests. Yes indeed, not a big barker, although he does not hesitate to let himself be heard throughout the neighborhood when he perceives an unknown noise.

education

The education of Italian Greyhound should start asap, placing special emphasis on their socialization. In fact, this is important for this relatively shy dog ​​to get used to people, animals and situations you may face later in life.

Another crucial point in your education is cleanliness.. Your bladder is only as small as your size. So, even with all the goodwill in the world, can't keep it for long. So, it is important to teach him to relieve himself in an agreed place (abroad, If it is possible, or in a litter box inside) and to point out your urgent needs, to be taken into account without delay. But, no homeowner is safe from an accident one day, even with a well-trained adult dog. If this happens, of course, you should avoid punishing your dog, since nothing good will come of it.

Despite your undeniable stubbornness, the training of the Italian Greyhound shouldn't be too difficult: in fact, it is a very suitable breed as a first dog. Positive reinforcement methods are very successful with this breed, who likes to be rewarded for their efforts with treats, encouragement and caresses. On the other hand, traditional dog training techniques do not work well with this dog and are likely to amplify his natural shyness.

On the other hand, even with a good training method and a good coach, you will find it difficult to pay attention for a long time, so it is better to do several short sessions each day than one long session that will bore you and probably not be successful.

Health

The little Italian greyhound is a fairly robust breed, and many of these representatives have more than 15 years.

But, is particularly predisposed to a long list of diseases and conditions:

  • Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, joint problems that can make walking easier or more difficult;
  • Dislocated kneecap, that affects the ball and causes lameness;
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, hip bone deformity often mistaken for dysplasia, what can make arthritis premature if not done in time;
  • Periodontal problems, for example with bleeding gums or even tooth loss;
  • Progressive retinal atrophy, causing breakdown of eye tissue that could lead to vision loss;
  • Alopecia, total or partial hair loss;
  • cryptorchidism, when one of the testicles of a male individual does not descend into its place;
  • The Hypothyroidism, a thyroid gland disorder responsible for excessive weight gain and listless behavior;
  • Epilepsy, a disease caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that causes seizures;
  • The glaucoma, excessive increase in pressure inside the eye, causing pain and loss of vision;
  • Vitro-retinal degeneration, characterized by deposits on the retina that resemble snowflakes;
  • The portosystemic shunt, when a vein allows blood to bypass the liver. So it no longer leaks, which causes a lot of problems. Surgery is usually prescribed, with a success rate of 85%;
  • Skin cancer, often caused by excessive sun exposure;
  • Von Willebrand disease, causing blood clotting problems.

This breed is also particularly prone to leg fractures., especially in the radius and ulna (Paws). In fact, its fine structure is not as resistant as sometimes seems to be imagined, so much so that his reckless side can often lead to an accident.

It also, this breed seems particularly sensitive to organic phosphate insecticides. So, it is necessary to carefully choose the products used inside the house and / or in the garden.

The Italian Greyhound you may also be allergic to certain anesthetics and barbiturates. This point should be discussed with the veterinarian before any operation..

Finally, with its small size and short fur, It is a canine breed that fears cold and bad weather. If you live outside the house, what is not recommended, need adequate shelter. It also, it is useful to dress him in a dog windbreaker on walks when it rains, or a sweater if the air is cold.

On the other hand, even if you particularly appreciate this, we need to make sure you don't spend too much time in the sun in the summer, because it is quite prone to skin problems. So, it is advisable to keep it in the shade, or at least put on a dog sunscreen.

Life expectancy

Of 13 to 14 years

Grooming

The Italian Greyhound it is a very easy breed to care for.

In fact, its short coat only requires a quick weekly brushing to keep it shiny. They shed very little and do not have a noticeable molting period during which molting might require more regular maintenance..

That is why they are considered a hypoallergenic breed of dog.. Having said that, remember that there is no zero risk: someone allergic to dogs should take the time to check in real conditions that there are no problems with the animal they are considering adopting. But, a dog that sheds very little, as is the case of the Italian greyhound, has an effectively reduced risk of transmitting allergens.

In any case, brushing the dog's hair once a week is usually enough to clean it: unless it has been rolled up in a sticky or smelly substance, it is usually not necessary to bathe him.

To complete this weekly session, you have to check your teeth, eyes and ears and clean them if necessary. Pay special attention to your teeth and gums to check for any inflammation that could be a sign of periodontal disease., since it is a health problem to which it is more prone than other dogs.

Last, check that its claws are not too long, and if they are, you have to cut them, as there is a risk that you will be hindered in your movements and / or hurt. But, this is not necessarily a problem with a very active dog, as natural wear and tear can take care of it.

Food

The Italian Greyhound you have no difficulty choosing your food, and commercial dog food is doing well. So that you receive all the nutrients and vitamins necessary for your good health, food must be of good quality and adapted to their size and age.

It's important to stick to the manufacturer's recommended daily amounts to make sure you don't overeat. If your dog receives treats, especially as part of their training, the corresponding caloric intake should be deducted from your daily allowance to avoid weight gain.

In general, a responsible owner who cares about keeping his dog healthy should monitor his diet and weight by weighing him regularly. If you have a slip, do not wait to correct the situation: in general, just reduce your servings and give you more exercise. If that is not the case, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian to rule out a possible health problem and establish a more appropriate diet.

On the other hand, remember that the Italian Greyhound is a naturally slimmer breed than many others: do not be alarmed by it, or try to remedy it by increasing your diet.

Price “Italian Greyhound”

The price of a puppy Italian Greyhound round the 1000 EUR.

But, this average price hides a rather large disparity, since the fork goes from 700 to 1.400 EUR. The difference from one subject to another is largely explained by their physical characteristics., more or less close to the norm. Lineage is important too: a puppy whose parents or other ancestors have received honors at various dog shows is bound to fetch a higher price. Sex also influences, as females tend to be slightly more expensive than males.

Characteristics "Italian Greyhound"

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Photos:

1 – A male of Italian Greyhound by christina, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
2 – A female of Italian Greyhound llamada Sakura by tanakawho, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
3 – Enzo, a Italian Greyhound called Enzo by madaise
4 – Italian Greyhound by Mark Robinson
5 – Italian Greyhound by https://pixabay.com/es/photos/perro-galgo-italiano-lindo-mascota-3810479/
6 – dogs of Italian Greyhound by Italian_Greyhound_Puppies.jpg: Jim or Katie McClartyderivative work: Anka Friedrich, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Type and recognitions:

  • FCI CLASSIFICATION:
  • Group :
  • Section : . .

Federations:

  • FCI – Group 10: Section 3: Short-haired Sighthounds
  • Standard CCC (Canadian Kennel Club / Canadian Kennel Club)
  • Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana –


FCI breed standard "Italian Greyhound"

FCIFCI - Italian Greyhound
Petit

Alternative names:

1. (Italian: Piccolo levriero Italiano), Italian Sighthound (English).
2. Petit lévrier italien (French).
3. Italian Greyhound (German).
4. (em italiano: Piccolo levriero italiano), Piccolo levriero italiano (Portuguese).
5. Piccolo, Galgo Italiano, Lebrel italiano (español).

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hungarian hound (Magyar Agár)
Hungría FCI 240 . Short-haired Sighthounds

Lebrel Húngaro

The nature of hungarian hound, like its appearance, It is elegant. Extremely sensitive and smart, friendly sweetie, but never nosy.

Content

History

The hungarian hound is a real specialty among Hungarian dog breeds. But, it is perhaps the least known four-legged Hungarian. It has been threatened with extinction several times throughout its history, although he is a very valuable and lovable companion with an impressive talent for hunting. Due to its rarity, has crossed with other dogs over the years, reason why many people nowadays do not consider that the Greyhound non-hunter kept for hobby purposes is a hungarian hound pure breed.

Its origin

Like all Greyhounds, the ancestor of this Hungarian breed also comes from Egypt. They first appeared around the third millennium BC, the first finds come from that time. Several theories were born about its formation, but the only thing certain is that they reached the Carpathian Basin with the Hungarian conquerors, who used them for hunting. The first memories of hungarian hound go back to the time of San Esteban. At that moment, This Sighthound it was very popular, just like it was a fashionable pastime in the days of Matthias Hunyadi. The king himself often spent his time hunting with them on horseback.. After his death, with the country divided into three parts, the breeding of hungarian hound started to decline.

During Turkish rule, the hungarian greyhound was crossed with oriental type greyhounds. Hunting went from being a real hobby to poaching, since it was the best way to hunt without attracting attention.

The reformist count István Széchenyi popularized greyhound racing and the hungarian hound became the national dog. At that time, Greyhound races were considered special and prestigious social events. Almost constantly, associations were formed to deal with the breed and hunting with it. Horse and greyhound racing also attracted foreigners. This is how English thoroughbreds and the “Greyhound”. The resistance of the indigenous race was a rare treasure, but it did not correspond to the speed of the English Greyhound. Thus, the two dogs crossed often and the hungarian hound lost its original character. Thus, many people continue to question the Hungarian character of the greyhound, some say the old character has completely disappeared from current dogs.

After World War II, the breed almost disappeared. In 1963 a movie was made about King Matthias, for which they were needed hungarian sighthounds. But, this dog was so rare that it was almost impossible to find one in the country. For the movie, nature filmmaker and hunter Kálmán Szigethy found some specimens, bought them and started raising them. Thanks to Szigethy, the hungarian hound revived and in 1966 was officially recognized by the FCI. Since then, it has slowly but inexorably spread throughout Europe and is not in danger of extinction. In 2004, all breeds of domestic dogs, including hungarian hound, were declared a national treasure by the Hungarian Parliament, and in 2017 it was even named hungarian heritage dog.

Physical characteristics

The hungarian hound it is a thin hunting dog, his joints are dry and his musculature is prominent. The chest is flat and deep. The trunk is rectangular. The coat is short and of varied colors, and is bred in most greyhound colors.

Body weight of 22-31 kg, according to sex, and height at the cross of 62-70 cm.. It has a strong bone structure and a long head with character.. Almond-shaped eyes, dark brown. Black nose. The ears are called rose ears, that are small and bent back. Long tail, fine, regularly screwed. Its movement is flexible, elegant and graceful.

When run, can reach speeds of up to 60 km/h.

Life expectancy is 12-14 years.

Video of the Hungarian Greyhound
Magyar Agár - Agárfesztivál - Osagárd 2008

Character and skills

The hungarian hound has a very persistent and determined character. This is why he is so successful in greyhound racing. Compared to other dogs, can keep fast speed for a long time and, in case of stumbling, will continue on his way with the same vigor. He has a big heart in his deep chest, that helps you gallop with persistence. Radiates strength, elegance and great presence of mind. Although he loves to run, he is not hyperactive. typical of greyhounds, rests relatively frequently but requires a lot of exercise. So, regular daily exercise is important.

Your nature - like your appearance- It is elegant. He's extremely smart and sharp, loving but never intrusive. It is also recommended with children, they love them and a well socialized dog is not aggressive towards them. He is protective of his family but is not a biter and never barks unnecessarily. It is reserved with strangers. Has a balanced temperament, which makes it an ideal family pet. Early socialization and frequent exercise are important, otherwise you may develop behavior problems. This will most likely manifest itself in the flight. It is also excellent for various dog sports, especially greyhound racing, hunting or agility. Its calm nature also makes it ideal as a therapy dog..

Ideal environment

Greyhounds can stay indoors if they get adequate exercise every day. Get plenty of rest and can sleep up to 18 hours a day. Consequently, is very fond of comfort and soft beds. In a garden shed, it is necessary to ensure that a high enough fence is erected around it, since it will easily skip the lowest. He gets along very well with children, if they are treated well. It does not require a particularly active owner and is perfect for a family with an average lifestyle. A great hiking companion.

Grooming

The hungarian hound does not require any special care. You need to bathe him a couple of times a year and clean his eyes and ears at appropriate intervals. Brushing with a brushing glove is recommended once a week. More frequent brushing is recommended during the shedding season.

Health

The hungarian hound it is a healthy breed, does not have any specific disease.

Characteristics "hungarian hound (Magyar Agár)"

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1 – hungarian hound Color: of course by Canarian, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
2 – hungarian hound by https://pixabay.com/es/photos/magyar-agar-perro-animal-galgo-5016524/
3 – hungarian hound by Magpie (vitalap / edits), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
4 – hungarian hound at the Katowice dog show (2005) by Pleple2000, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
5 – hungarian hound by Hachieko, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
6 – hungarian hound by http://www.magyaragar.eu/blog/tag/ungarischer-windhund/page/24/

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  • Group :
  • Section : . .

Federations:

  • FCI – Group 10: Section 3: Short-haired Sighthounds
  • Standard CCC (Canadian Kennel Club / Canadian Kennel Club)
  • Standard KC (The Kennel Club) – Hound
  • Standard UKC (United Kennel Club) – Sighthound and Pariah


FCI breed standard "hungarian hound (Magyar Agár)"

FCIFCI - hungarian hound (Magyar Agár)
Sighthound

Alternative names:

1. Magyar agár, Hungarian agar (English).
2. Magyar Agár (French).
3. Magyar Agár (German).
4. Magyar Agár, Lébrel húngaro (Portuguese).
5. Galgo húngaro, Magyar Agár (español).

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Afghan Hound
Afghanistan Great Britain FCI 228 . Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds.

The Afghan Hound It behaves so haughty and reserved, especially with strangers

Lebrel Afgano

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Characteristics "Afghan Hound"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Afghan Hound" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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History “Afghan Hound”

Also know as Tazi It is a dog coming from Afghanistan.

The origin of this breed it is possible that you are in the race Saluki, that would have reached Afghanistan through Persia. Already in Afghanistan, the Saluki I would need a coat more appropriate for the hostile climate of the mountains of this country, developing the long coat which characterizes Afghan Hound current, and with which today seduces so many people who acquire dogs of this breed without taking into account that they need very special care.

The origin of the Afghan Hound it is ancient, with the first records approximately in the year 1000 to. C., in the area where it is currently Afghanistan. It was used as a hunting dog.

The antiquity of this breed has not yet been corroborated by anyone, but the earliest records date from the 19th century, which does not mean that they did not exist before, but that Afghan nomads didn't bother in the race record for writing. The first illustration made of a Afghan Hound It is the year 1813. This race came to England in 1920 and didn't succeed, It is recognized by the british kennel club only six years later.

In the year 1880, When he ended the war between Afghans and British, the officers of the British army took home some of these dogs, whose characteristics as hunting dogs in the harsh conditions of the Afghan mountains, had caught his attention.

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Breed All About It - Afghan Hound

In Europe, the Afghan Hound It has maintained its natural activity sheepdog and hunting, task that he already did in his homeland. As well, Thanks to its elegant appearance, agility and speed, has become a companion and racing dog.

In the beginning, the Afghan Hound He was employed to chase prey of all kinds, who were in the mountains Afghanistan, such as hares, foxes, Gazelles, jackals, Wolves, deer, and even, Snow leopard (which is the only big cat that lives exclusively in high mountains and is perfectly adapted to this environment).

Another function of Afghan Hound was the monitoring the camps of nomadic tribes and livestock, functions that, along with those related to hunting, They gave this race a huge popularity among nomads Afghanistan (they even reserved a day of festivity dedicated to the Afghan Hound, which engalanaban them with necklaces of flowers).

Physical characteristics “Afghan Hound”

General appearance gives an impression of force, dignity, speed and power. The exotic and oriental expression is typical of the breed, with a direct and scrutinizing look.

The head It has the long narrow skull and not, with the prominent occipital, the snout long, clean jaw and the light stop.

The eyes They are preferably dark, almost triangular and slightly oblique upwards. The ears They are set low, well delayed position and the animal stuck against the head. The limb They are straight and well boned. The tail it should not be too short, fits low, It forms a ring at the tip and is adorned with a few curious Wicks. In motion, the animal has been raised.

The hair It is long and thin on the sides, extremities and flanks. In older dogs is short and dense in the area from the shoulders and the kidneys. Head is long from the front and forms a long silky hair.

They are admitted all colors.

The ideal height the cross males: 68 to 74 cm.. and females: 63 to 69 cm..

Character and skills “Afghan Hound”

It is considered one of the least intelligent races, positioned on the scale as the number 79 according to S. Coren, autor de “The Intelligence of Dogs”, but also whimsical.

The Afghan Hound is independent and capable of chasing its prey without the need for instructions. His intelligence and confidence allow him to anticipate the reactions of his prey and make decisions on his own..

This means that you tend to act freely and do things your way when you decide it is necessary., instead of following the letter of his master's instructions. This means that your training can be challenging., and that it is a breed that needs an experienced trainer.

But, despite its independence, They are very devoted to their owner and are usually affectionate with their family. But, must accept that this affection is not available à  la carte, but when they decide the time is right. In other words, you have to accept their independence and not expect constant displays of affection from them. Not recommended for families with young children: without being aggressive with them, tends to reject their contact when they are too insistent.

outside the family circle, their sociability is limited. Thus, often tends to be distant - even haughty- with anyone who considers a stranger in their home. You can even show that attitude with your master, especially if you feel upset.

His somewhat difficult character and the fact that he is not necessarily affectionate tend to make us forget that, However, he is a faithful companion. May have a hard time adjusting to a new home.

But, can be very affectionate and fun, and even enjoys being the center of attention. Some owners also report that they like to steal things and hide them. He even seems to enjoy doing it in front of his owner's nose.. In other words, even when he's having fun, shows your level of confidence and self-control.

The Afghan Hound it is a very robust dog that needs a lot of exercise. But, can adapt to life in a flat, as long as its owner provides a minimum of two hours of physical activity a day to expend its energy. Due to his background as a hunter, he especially likes to run long distances: it is one of his favorite activities, and walking is not enough. So, you need to run several times a week - or even every day- and is a very good companion for someone who wants to run with their dog. It can be content to run in a secure enclosure on days when its owner is not available for a long run., as long as you continue to do at least some additional activities (brisk walks, go to the park, etc.) to expend your boundless energy.

If you live in a house and have access to a garden, it must be strictly fenced, since his hunting instinct is particularly pronounced. Otherwise, won't stop taking off if it sees potential prey, to go after her. It's not a wireless electric fence that could stop him, since the discomfort he feels is no match for his desire to pursue.

Obviously, the same happens when walking, so it is always better to wear it on a leash, at the risk of suddenly disappearing as soon as a potential prey is identified. If the owner wishes to allow his dog to go off leash in certain less dangerous areas, you should at least equip it with a connected GPS dog collar, to be able to find it in case of need.

Last, their hunting instinct means that coexistence with other small animals is not recommended. Sometimes he can tolerate a cat if he has become used to its presence from a young age, but in general, not very sociable with other animals. It is a little less complicated with other dogs, But again, you better start with them asap.

Education

Although he is extremely loyal, the Afghan Hound he is very stubborn and tends to do what he wants. If we add to this that they tend to be dominant, we can see how much they need an experienced owner who knows how to show their dog who is the master and assert himself gently. To get it, it is recommended to use training techniques based on positive reinforcement.

In any case, your training requires a good dose of patience, since it is very independent. If you decide you are not interested, you need to use your imagination to capture their attention and arouse their interest, or postpone the training session. If you feel upset when you think you have something better to do, in a rush and / or forced to do something you don't want to, becomes very stubborn and rejects any instructions. It also, to avoid fatigue and, Therefore, disinterest on his part, it is better to opt for varied sessions rather than long repetitions of the same exercise.

The training of a Afghan Hound requires, Therefore, the ability to adapt to your current mood and vary exercises to diversify your sessions and keep your focus. This is all the more true since, unlike other races, does not seek to please his master.

Group classes in a school for puppies (once the first vaccinations have been carried out) they are an interesting option for the success of training. This can help teach the puppy the first commands (how to sit to order or search) in a more supervised environment. It also, offer an interesting socializing opportunity.

Socialization is an important aspect of training an Afghan greyhound puppy. As he is not very fond of human beings outside his family circle, it is important to expose it from a young age to various people and situations (go out in public, meet the neighbors, receive guests at home, etc.) so you don't get too reserved. In fact, his shyness and natural distrust of strangers tend to get the best of him quickly.

It also, as your maintenance need is quite important but you may consider human interaction a nuisance, it is essential to teach him from a young age to allow himself to be manipulated without flinching.

Health

Although generally in good health, the Afghan Hound is particularly prone to certain diseases:

  • Allergies: the symptoms of an allergy in a dog are the same as in humans (crying eyes, sneezing, etc.). They can be treated with drugs and / or changes in the animal's environment, depending on the type of allergy involved;
  • Cancer : as humans, this condition can be fatal, has fortiori if detected in an advanced stage. On the other hand, when taken on time, it is often possible to remove the cancerous mass by surgery and / or taking medication;
  • The juvenile cataract : is usually present from birth and, depending on its severity, can potentially be treated by surgery. But, in some cases, cause blindness in the dog ;
  • Hypothyroidism , a thyroid gland disorder causing lethargy, weight and hair loss, as well as fatigue. Usually, it is treated with medications.

It also, like most dogs with hanging ears , have an increased risk of ear infection and, therefore, requires special vigilance at this level.

It also, is more exposed than other breeds to the risk of urinary obstruction. These can be treated with medications, but surgery is required if they don't work. In any case, a change in diet is often necessary to reduce the risk of new crystal formation.

Obesity is not a problem you are predisposed to. But, any dog ​​that is malnourished and / or not exercising enough is at risk of being overweight, with a potential higher risk of developing certain diseases. His master must, Therefore, go to the trouble of weighing your partner regularly, make sure everything is in order at this level and react if it is not, in general, to make you exercise more and be more rigorous in your daily ration is enough.

Another good must-have habit is taking your dog to the vet at least once a year for a full checkup.. This allows both detecting a possible problem early, as well as ensuring that everything is in order regarding the dog's vaccinations and reminders.

Life expectancy

12 to 14 years

Grooming

Due to its long fur, cleanliness is an essential dimension of maintaining Afghan Hound. To avoid tangling, the dog should be brushed with a rubber comb, ideally every day. This will help maintain the silky texture of the coat while removing dead hair.. As in the case of any long-haired dog, do not neglect the time dedicated to this task, as it is an important condition to keep your dog healthy.

It also, It is necessary that you take your dog to the groomer from time to time to keep his coat well trimmed and looking good for all occasions. In fact, the maintenance of its thick coat is more complex than that of many other breeds, and it is better to leave it in the hands of a professional. Ideally, trim it every 2 or 3 months.

On the other hand, the Afghan Hound only needs to be bathed once or twice a year, unless it got dirty. Regular brushing is usually enough to remove debris that may be lodged in the coat..

The ears, on the other hand, they need a lot more attention. Long hair around the ears and the fact that they are folded on themselves pose a higher risk of this happening. To avoid irritation or infection problems, it is important to inspect them weekly and keep them clean.

This weekly session is also an opportunity to clean the dog's eyes and brush his teeth., in order to maintain good oral hygiene and limit the formation of tartar, which can have unfortunate consequences.

In general, as in the case of all dogs, a weekly check-up is essential to ensure that you are in good health and to detect any problems early, be it skin rashes, eye infections or injuries to the pads of the feet.

Last, the claws of this very active animal tend to wear out enough naturally, so no need to trim them manually. But, it is important to periodically check that this is the case and to do so if necessary.

Observations

He has washed too often (each 15 days), because knots are easily formed.. Exemplary elders and breeding females can be sheared to be able to take care of more easily.

Use

Along the centuries, the Afghan Hound has developed a long coat, thick and silky that allows it to withstand the extreme temperatures of the mountainous regions where it was used as a hunting dog.

His resistance to cold is not the only asset that made him -and makes him- a formidable hunter: you can also trust your vision. Similar to the Whippet, the English Greyhound, the Borzoi and the Saluki, has a field of view of 270 degrees, 30 more than other dog breeds (and 70 more than a human being). This allows them to detect their prey from a wider angle while remaining immobile., so they can go unnoticed more easily.

Once they start to chase their prey, the Afghan Hound it gives them little chance of escaping. In fact, his speed is legendary: can reach a maximum speed of 64 km/h, not far from the speed record ever set by a racehorse (69,2 km/h). Can only maintain that speed for short distances, but it has a great resistance, as it can be maintained for hundreds of kilometers.

In his native Afghanistan, it was used mainly to hunt large prey, both in desert areas and in the mountains. He was valued for his ability to travel long distances, its speed and its value. In fact, one of his tasks was to hold back dangerous prey, like leopards, until the riders arrived. This type of hunting, in which the dog leads the hunters, requires great independence and a capacity to react to different situations with few instructions. These are qualities that he still possesses today..

But, this use as a hunting dog has now disappeared. The most frequent is to find it as a companion dog, although their number has decreased considerably compared to a few decades ago.

It also stands out in dog shows and, despite his strong character, is known for its good performance in obedience competitions.

On the other hand, although he is an extremely fast runner, the races of the Afghan Hound have never been as popular as his cousin the Greyhound. There are records of this type of racing in India and Afghanistan in the 19th century, but it is not clear in the literature how popular this sport was then. Since the mid-1990s 1980, some breeders try to popularize them, mainly in England and the United States, But it is no small thing to say that they face headwinds. In fact, criticism of the treatment of racing dogs has been on the rise, thanks above all to the awareness-raising work of various animal defense organizations, so dog racing has been losing popularity over the years 90.

Price "Afghan Hound"

The price of a puppy Afghan Hound varies between the 1.200 and 1.400 EUR, without there being a significant price difference between males and females.

In fact, price differences from one individual to another are explained more by the intrinsic characteristics of the puppy (and in particular its greater or lesser conformity with the breed standard), the possible prestige of its lineage and the reputation of the kennel from which it comes.

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Type and recognitions:

  • FCI CLASSIFICATION:
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Federations:

  • FCI – Group 10: Section 1: Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds
  • AKC
  • ANKC
  • CKC
  • KC
  • NZKC
  • UKC


FCI breed standard "Afghan Hound"

FCIFCI - Afghan Hound
Sighthound

Alternative names

1. Afghan Hound, Tazi, Tazhi Spay, Da Kochyano Spay, Sage Balochi, Ogar Afgan, Barakzai Hound, Eastern Greyhound/Persian Greyhound (English).
2. Lévrier afghan, Tazi (French).
3. Afghanische Windhund, kurz Afghane (German).
4. Galgo afegão (Portuguese).
5. Lebrel afgano, Baluchi Hound, Sage Baluchi, Tazi, Ogar Afgan (español).

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Polish Greyhound
Polonia FCI 333 . Short-haired Sighthounds.

Polish Greyhound

The Polish Greyhound born to hunt, not only of the hare, the bustard and the fox, but also the wolf.

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History

The “Polish Greyhound” is a very ancient race. In the chronicles of Galla Anonymous there are references to the royal court's expenses in maintaining the Greyhounds. According to an old Polish dictionary, in the 13th century there were more than 300 terms to refer to Greyhounds, which shows that in Poland at that time they were known and popular animals.

The first description of hunting with Greyhounds is located in Myślistwie z ogary (Hunting with stallions), of Jan Ostroróg, and the first description of a Greyhound data of 1600 (A. Gostomski, Equestrian farm). Another description of hunting with Greyhounds found in the poem The fighter de Tomasz Bielawski, published in 1595.

Last, “Nature” of the 13 in July of 1895, describing the visit of Grand Duke Nicolas to a dog show in Tuilleries, gives the following information about the Polish Greyhound, prince's property: “These Greyhounds shorthair come from Poland, from where they entered Russia in large numbers with the expedition of Prince Dimitri in 1505; are bigger than Sighthounds, but less delicate, and her hair is longer”.

All these data confirm that the Polish Greyhound was present in the Polish lands before the Borzoi – Russian Hound for hunting and the “Greyhound”. The Polish Greyhound has many features in common with the Saluki, like its fur, that is not found in others Short-haired Sighthounds nor in the Borzoi. The coats like dominoes, flame black or tricolor are also common in the Saluki. At the same time, the Polish Greyhound does not have the black color without fire with white variants, so frequent in the “Greyhound”.

The Greyhounds spread throughout Europe thanks to the migrations of Celtic tribes. The Celts valued hunting on horseback with Greyhounds as a sport and its ouertragoi (in latin transcription – contract), originating from Asia, they became the ancestor of most European races of Greyhounds.

It is also believed that Polish Greyhound descends directly from the Asian type. While the English selected their Greyhounds for the speed with which they could hunt hares in a relatively limited space, in central europe, in the great flat areas of Poland at that time, in a dry and harsh climate, the Greyhounds Asians evolved into larger dogs, robust and strong, used to hunt any type of game, including foxes and wolves.

The Greyhounds Asians also came to our area with the nomadic Scythian tribes. Written sources show that, in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Polish Greyhound original crossed with other Greyhounds, as the Irish wolfhound.

The heyday of Polish Greyhound irretrievably happened at the end of the 19th century, when - as a result of the progressive divisions of the land- the search for game began to be hampered by fences. The population of Polish Greyhound was significantly reduced in not very numerous kennels of tradition-loving nobility, especially in southern Poland, in Podolia and Ukraine. Until World War II, the Greyhounds hunted in the voivodeship of Kielce, in the estate of the lords Niemojewski – Oleszno Kielecki. Oleszno Kieleckie It was the last bastion of Polish Greyhound.

The Second World War and the harsh postwar years caused the almost total extinction of these beautiful dogs. The fate of this breed after the war was turbulent and complicated. In southern areas of Poland, dogs from scattered kennels used to fall into the hands of poachers, which is why, as outlaws, they were viciously exterminated by hunters, forest guards and militiamen. In that moment all that was “manorial” was methodically destroyed. Nonetheless, some Polish Greyhound survived, and the selection was carried out according to the speed, agility and “passivity” (skill in catching). That skill in the capture allowed to keep the race pure.

Over the years 70, a group of enthusiasts strove to save and restore the breed. In 1981 a registration book was opened for the Polish Greyhound. In 1989 the breed was officially recognized by the FCI as the fourth Polish breed.

Character and skills

The Polish Greyhound is a quiet dog, sober and brave. Show distance to strangers, while towards his own family he is very attached and affectionate. Raised together with a cat, you can live with him at home, but if you see a cat outside, your hunting instincts will kick in.

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It must be remembered that the Polish Greyhound will generally not be satisfied with the chase itself, but can actually hunt a pet, so in the places where stray cats walk, must absolutely be kept on a leash. Usually, is not aggressive with strangers, but like a dog with a strong character, can get into a fight if provoked. He also has a strong territorial instinct.

The Polish Greyhound he is very devoted to his owner, and properly guided is “a man's dog”, an excellent companion at home and, when necessary, a vigilant guardian of the property.

It feels better in a house with a garden (However, some rides must be provided), but it will also suit apartment living, as long as your activity needs are met.

Physical characteristics

  • Size: desired height at withers for females 68-75 cm., for males 70-80 cm.
  • Weight: 25-35 kg
  • Fur: hair elastic to the touch, pretty hard, but without wires or silky; of unequal length on the body: the hair is longer at the withers, the shortest on the sides, chest and limbs, the belly is covered with thin and sparse hair. On the back of the thighs and on the bottom of the tail, the hair is longer but also hard; pants and a light feather.
  • Color: all colors are ok; the edges of the eyelids and the tip of the nose are black or dark; only with light tones, like beige or blue, the tip of the nose is respectively beige or blue.
  • Life expectancy:

    10-12 years

    Health

    The Polish Greyhound he is a very healthy dog. They're strong, fit and resistant. They tolerate low temperatures well, whenever they are in motion. Despite its thick undercoat, cool down pretty quickly, because they have thin, highly vascularized skin and a very thin layer of subcutaneous fat.

    So far no special predisposition to genetic diseases has been found in Polish Greyhound. A young dog should receive an adequate amount of exercise, for your body to develop properly. Puppies and young dogs should not be over-exercised and the dog should be introduced to training gradually..

    Grooming

    The short hair of a Polish Greyhound does not require any special treatment. During the molting period, the dog should be combed once every few days, and less frequent brushing is sufficient. We bathe the dog as needed. It also, we control the state of the ears and teeth. If required, trim claws.

    Characteristics "Polish Greyhound"

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    Type and recognitions:

    • FCI CLASSIFICATION:
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    • Section : . .

    Federations:

    • FCI – Group 10: Section 3: Short-haired Sighthounds
    • CKC – Miscellaneous?
    • Standard UKC (United Kennel Club) – Sighthound and Pariah


    FCI breed standard "Polish Greyhound"

    FCIFCI - Polish Greyhound
    Sighthound

    Alternative names:

    1. Polish Sighthound, Chart Polski (Polish) (English).
    2. Chart polski (French).
    3. Chart polski (German).
    4. (em polonês/polaco: chart polski) (Portuguese).
    5. Chart Polski (Polaco) (español).

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    Griffon belge
    Bélgica FCI 81 . Griffons

    Grifón Belga

    The Griffon belge is almost identical to Griffon Bruxellois, from which differs only in color.

    Content

    History

    Originally from Belgium, as the name reflects, the Griffon belge It is an original and easy-going companion dog.. Rational in origin, They are today friendly and lively companions who however struggle to find their audience as they remain one of the lesser known breeds in the group. 9.

    The three races that make up the group 9 of the ICF have a similar morphology, but different coat quality and color varieties.

    They share a common history and are descended from a small, wire-haired dog., the “smousje“, present in the Brussels region for decades.

    The three varieties were selected in the 19th century with blood from other small companion breeds such as the Pug and the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. The Yorkshire Terrier, the Miniature Schnauzer and the Affenpinscher they could also have been used in the cocktail that created the three races.

    The first Griffon belge were entered in the Book of Origins of Saint-Hubert in 1883.

    These dogs became very popular at the beginning of the 20th century thanks to the interest shown by Queen Marie Henriette of Belgium.. They became the favorites of high society ladies and elegant women.

    The iconography that represents the breed is abundant and paintings with small wire-haired Griffons have been found since the 17th century..

    The breed began to be exported abroad, especially to France in the middle of the 20th century.

    Physical characteristics

    This is a small dog a balanced, sturdy built, almost square body frame, fixed frame and elegant movements, the look awake and lively. Its almost human expression is especially striking.

    The body weight is about 3,5 – 6 kg. The head is the most characteristic and striking part of the body. It must be quite large compared to the body and the hair of it is rough, erected, makes a rich mustache and beard. It also highlights the visual aspect of the “big head”. The skull should be broad and rounded, properly arched eyebrows.

    The nose from the front at the same level as the eyes should be black, wide, with the nostrils properly open. Its tip should be so far back when viewed from the side flush with chin and forehead.

    The lips are black at the edges, tight, near the jaws and teeth. There is no overlap of the top and bottom. If they are too loose, interrupt the desired expression. The lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw (physiologically underprotected jaw), directed slightly upwards, wide at the top and cannot be pointed. Its width is very important since the chin protrudes. The incisors of both jaws should be regularly arranged in a row, in which the top and bottom are parallel. No incisors should be missing. If the mouth is closed, neither teeth nor tongue can be seen.

    The eyes must be separated, be big and round, should never be prominent. The iris is brown, the more dark best. The edges of the eyelids should be black. The defect is considered small eyes, oval in shape and bright colors.

    The back is straight, short and strong. The tail must be set high and carried. When amputated, should be reduced by 2/3 of its original length. If the animal protection law prohibits cuts, can remain uncut. When it unfolds, must be high, curved so that its tip bends towards the back, don't touch the back or can't squirm. Short tail, twisted or kinked is considered a serious offense.

    The Griffon belge they have a rough coat with undercoat. The mantle is rough, slightly wavy, but not curly. The fur rules, but to be correctly evaluated its structure must be long enough. Too long hair obscures the typical silhouette and is therefore not acceptable. A silky or woolly coat is evaluated as a serious fault.

    Character and skills

    He is a nervous dog and can become a very barking dog if he feels lonely or bored. He has a strong personality and for this he needs a good education from a very young age. The Griffon belge she is also lively, attentive, brave and always act with determination. So, You have to be careful that he does not suffer because his courage and self-confidence often means that he does not see the danger.

    Can usually live with children and other pets. A curious and loving dog of character Terrier, very active and always reacts to strange noises.

    The Griffon belge needs to be accompanied all the time, cannot stand being alone and may develop negative behaviors to attract attention such as barking or causing damage. This “hairy” has a tendency to become attached to a person, following her most of the time.

    Tireless and always ready to play with everyone, he's kind most of the time, but you can also play a role of guardian of the property and your family.

    Education

    He is very intelligent and loves to learn. Your education is, Therefore, relatively easy, although it must be firm and adequate, as she tends to be slightly stubborn at times.

    An early and well-adapted education will prevent him from growing up doing only what he wants.

    Very sociable, has no problem with the inhabitants of the house, whether human or animal.

    Although he is sociable by nature, sometimes he is shy with strangers, which makes him a good guardian. So, their socialization should be aimed at not exacerbating this natural shyness in front of strangers.

    They can live anywhere and with any type of owner. Despite its small size, have a great need for exercise, but it is easy for him to do it anywhere, precisely because of its small size.

    Health

    The Griffon belge is generally in excellent health. They are not affected by any particular disease or pathology.

    Some subjects may sometimes suffer from eye infections or dermatological problems, although these cases are still rare. Its longevity is very appreciable.

    Grooming

    Her pretty fur, quite complete, requires regular brushing to ensure a beautiful and healthy coat. No other particular maintenance is necessary.

    Utility

    They are great companions, besides being incredible guard and hunting dogs. They can easily raise the alarm when intruders invade their territory, as well as scare away small rodents from the area. It is also very noticeable in skill sports (agility).

    Price

    Purchase price of a puppy Griffon belge: between 700 € y 900 €.

    Characteristics "Griffon belge"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Griffon belge" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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    Images "Griffon belge"

    Photos:

    1 – “Griffon belge” by Ger Dekker, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    2 – “Griffon belge” by Ger Dekker, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    3 – “Griffon belge” puppy by Ger Dekker, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    4 – “Griffon belge” by Ger Dekker, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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    Type and recognitions:

    • FCI CLASSIFICATION:
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    Federations:

    • FCI – Groupo 9 – Section 3.1 “Griffons”
    • UKC – Company


    FCI breed standard "Griffon belge"

    FCIFCI - Griffon belge
    Griffon

    Alternative names:

    1. Belgium Griffon (English).
    2. Griffon belge (French).
    3. Griffon Belge (German).
    4. Griffon belge (Portuguese).
    5. Griffon belge (español).