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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.



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..

Characteristics "Spanish greyhound"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Spanish greyhound" 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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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 10: Sighthounds
  • Section 3: Short-haired Sighthounds. Without working trial..


  • FCI – Group 10: Section 3: Short-haired Sighthounds

FCI breed standard "Spanish greyhound"

FCIFCI - Spanish 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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