The Andalusian Hound It is a breed of dog originating in Spain, specifically in Andalusia. They are similar to other Iberian breeds dogs such as the Ibizan Hound, the Portuguese Podengo, the Canarian Warren Hound, the Knock knees and the hound Orito Spanish. In the Iberian Peninsula there are cave paintings representing dogs that have a strong resemblance to these races.
In fact, It seems that dogs very similar to them in much of the Mediterranean basin have been raised since very ancient times, including the Cirneco dell ’ Etna and the Pharaoh Hound. However there is also the tradition that says that the Podencos were introduced to the peninsula by the Phoenicians through its colonies.
Various genetic studies in recent years have come to conclude that contrary to widespread belief that the hound is a type of primitive imported dog makes a 3.000 the area of middle years, These dogs really are close genetic relationship with the rest of European hunting dogs and are not more “primitive” the majority of them.
Despite being a native and ancient race, was not up 1990 When he entered the world of the official cinología, with the formation of the breed club, He promoted the studies and work required for the racial profiling, they were carried out by unit of Ethnology and Animal identification of the Department of Animal production, Faculty of veterinary medicine, University of Cordoba, during the II Symposium of Spanish canine breeds to be published in 1992 and that would be recognized by the RSCE as a pattern or racial standard in April of the same year. Was included in the Group V dogs type Spitz and primitive type, Section 7 Primitive type – Hunting dogs.
The race not is recognized by the FCI or by no other international Cynological Association given the large number of matches with the standard of the Portuguese Podengo, It causes doubt dealt or not, really, of different races.
As in the Portuguese Warren Hound, the Andalusian hound distinguishes three sizes and three types of hair, factors whose combination may cause up to nine different varieties.
Bearing in mind the size varieties are:
- Great Andalusian Hound
- Medium-Andalusian Hound
- Andalusian hound boy
If we consider the different types of hair, We have the following varieties:
- Hound Andalusian hair Sardinia or hard.
- Andalusian hound Solorio or long hair.
- Andalusian Hound of smooth or short hair.
There are a variety for the medium-Andalusian Hound of short hair, It is named Maneto, due to its short and sturdy legs, known in the field of cynology phenomenon as bassetismo, In allusion to the Basset. Currently the Maneto is accepted as a breed by the RSCE provisionally.
The basic color of the layer is white or cinnamon, either consisting of both colors. The white color exists in its variants silver, mate and ivory; and the cinnamon can vary from clear to cinnamon ignition.
With regard to the size and weight of the three varieties, below we specify:
Height to the cross:
- Size large: males of 54 a 64 cm and females in 53 a 61 cm..
- Size medium: males of 43 a 53 cm and females in 42 a 52 cm..
- Size girl: males of 35 a 42 cm and females 32 a 41 cm..
- Size large: 27 kg. (+ – 6 kg).
- Size medium: 16 kg. (+- 6 kg).
- Size girl: 8 kg. (+ – 3 kg).
The Andalusian Warren Hound, is a harmonic dog, Compact, very hardy and well poised.
Character and skills
The Andalusian Warren Hound, has a great intelligence, nobility, sociability and is always alert. It is a dog alive and well balanced character, only reacts to major stimuli.
It is a dog fast, par b. Hunt, with an excellent sense of smell and very resistant to fatigue, not mannish before anything, It's quick and methodical in the search, both hunting and in a minor, being an excellent collector's hair or feather, whether in water or rough terrain.
The Andalusians Podencos as well as the other podencos possess a highly developed sense of sight, hearing and smell what makes them good hunting in which the Rabbit Hunt refers.
The shakes of hunting practiced in the Centre and South of Spain the podencos form the core of the hounds (Group of hunting dogs, whose number ranges between 20 and 24), I tend to be composed by podencos bigger for harassment and by some units of medium-sized dogs of tip or search.
In the small game hunting used medium and girl varieties, either on an individual basis, in pairs or forming arcades (gang of hunting dogs).
One of the most typical functions of the Hound of large size, is that of mascaras, accompanying the colleras of greyhounds during the hunting of the Hare. Its work is, first, getting up and doing the rabona from your bed or hiding out, making it available to the greyhounds and, after finished the lance, remove the piece of the Greyhound to bring it to its owner.
In the Andalusian farmhouses of large size were used as dogs guardians and the girl size as cleaners of rodents.
It is very loving, submissive and fair with the owner, but it breaks that link to the unjust punishment. Also, It has a great capacity for training.
Images of the Andalusian Podenco
Dogs breeds: Andalusian Hound