The Hound Spanish It is a tracking dog breed originating in the northern end of the Iberian Peninsula, included in Group VI of the classification of the Federation Cynologique Internationale.
It has been being used in these regions for centuries for the hunting of all kinds of animal hair: wild boar, Hare, bear, Wolf, Deer, Fox, Roe deer and chamois. It's a race exclusively for work, dedicated to hunting with firearms.
"The first description of hounds peninsular appears in the"Alfonso XI Montería book”, King of Castile, written during the second half of the s. XIV, in his chapter 39 "speaks of"which doneness should be the hounds and the sabuesas”.
Subsequently various descriptions of Iberian hounds appear in successive treaties of hunting Spanish 15th, 16Th and 17TH: “Tratado of the Montería“,3 “Speech of the Monteria“4 u “Origin and dignity Caça“.
During these centuries the hounds Spanish (We say by having been born in Spain Spanish, not because those dogs were a faithful reflection of the current breed hound Spanish) were used in the hunt for the bear and wild boar in the hunting of Montería. Its use as a dog's blood was very widespread among los monteros dedicated to the art of the crossbows. Also from a very old has been used the hound Spanish in the hunt at traílla to arrange the bears encame, wild boars or wolves.
As firearms and hunting were widespread was declining, the use of the hound in the North of Spain was drifting towards the younger hunt, to the hunting of the Hare “on the return”, but also it has continued being used without interruption in the hunt for wild boar and Roe deer.
Today the recovery of populations of hunting in the North of Spain has done has again returned to using the hound Spanish massively, already standardized and homogenous race from 1982,6 preferably for wild boar hunting, in that tradition Northern montera is called the hunting of wild boar at traílla.
It is a medium-sized dog, eumétrico and longuilíneo. Beautiful head and long bell-shaped ears. Highlights the high chest perimeter of the race and longitudinal diameter which far outstrips the appeal to the cross, rounded ribs. Compact skeleton and strong members; fine hair, smooth and stuck. Fresh look, sad and noble. It is affectionate and gentle, However the good examples show great value in the hunting of wild boar.
The overall appearance is that of a strong and sturdy dog, not very high but very rustic. The two colors presents are the red and white, alone or in combination. Noses and supported nails both black as a flesh-colored. The color red can range from a tone very clear (lemon) until a reddish brownish tone.
The race features a large sexual dimorphism, the size of the males ranges from the 52 and 57 cm and females between the 48 and 53 cm..
Initially differed two subtypes in the race: The Hound of monte and the hound lebrero, but were later unified both.
Spanish Hound is a dog of tracking with a great sense of smell, Standing out for its ability to tackle trails of many hours of antiquity; his voice is draft, powerful and serious tones. By his way of modulating the voice we can know the phase in which hunting is: Approach, Levante, persecution, called dead or stand.
In the North of Spain to the Barking Hound for hunting is called “heartbeat” or “llatido”, and the Act of barking as it moves along a track or “demand”: “beat” or “llatir”.
It is widely used in the hunting of the Hare, traditionally raised once Hare the Hound by dint of tenacity and skill was able to make return to the site of the Levant expected, where was awaited by the Hunter with a firearm to reduce her. It is what is known as the Hare hunting “on the return”.
It is also widely used for hunting wild boar in the northern hunting, especially in the so-called mode “to traílla”, the most genuine and traditional, whose origin is lost in time. It consists in seeking the encame of the boar (or other hunting) with the help of a sniffer subject of a strap.
Hunter (call “Montero”) and Hound they follow the trail of the nocturnal wanderings of the wild boar until you reach the place where sleeping during the day, question that ensures the process of making a detour from the stain of monte where lodging is the wild boar. Once assured the encame, the place is surrounded by several hunters and loose some dogs on the trail from the dam to make the jump and drive it towards the hunters. The Hound Spanish is excellent for this type of hunting dog.
Character and skills
This dog has a strongly independent character have been selected to hunt alone or accompanied only by one or two hounds more, Therefore it is not strictly a dog Pack.
Also you need a firm education management to make it work only traces of the hunting species you want to hunt its owner.
It's a dog of trace generous when it comes to the voice, very resistant and worker who, It tends to pursue their prey over much distance, not being rare persecutions carried out by a single dog which last more than 4 or 5 hours.
It is not suitable for the life of the pet dog. It requires plenty of space and plenty of exercise, Apart from being unjust to deprive him of his greatest passion: hunting.
But if gives you exercise, space and good careers chasing vermin, will be a great pet, affectionate, loving, sweet and quiet.
- Otros nombres: Spanischer Laufhund / Spanish Scenthound / Spanish Hound / Chien Courant Espagnol.
- Group 6 / Section 1.2 – Medium-sized hounds.
Dogs breeds: Hound Spanish