Breed Organization United Kennel Club (UKC) Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Spain Other Names Spanish Greyhound Life Expectancy Approximately 10-12 Years Litter Size Average 4-6 Puppies Breed Group Sighthound
Breed Appearance Galgos are similar in appearance to Greyhounds, but are distinctly different in their conformation. Galgos are higher in the rear than in the front, and
have flatter muscling than a Greyhound, which is characteristic of endurance runners. They also tend to be smaller, lighter in build, have longer tails and have a very long,
streamlined head that gives the impression of larger ears. Their chests are not as deep as a Greyhound's and should not reach the point of the elbow. Unlike Greyhounds, Galgos
come in two coat types: smooth and rough. The rough coat can provide extra protection from skin injuries while running in the field. They come in a variety of colors and coat
Breed Description Head: Long, narrow, cleanly cut. Skull not very broad, subconvex. Very slight stop. Slightly curved nosebridge. Long, narrow muzzle.
Very tight-lipped. Small, black nose. Ears: Set on high, wide at the base, triangular, with rounded tips. Rose-shaped and lying flat against the head at rest. Eyes: Small, almond-shaped, slanted. Dark hazel. Dark eyelids. Body: Strong, slightly rectangular build. Neck long, strong, oval in cross-section. Chest not very broad but ample. Ribs highly
visible. Long, strong, arched loin. Pronounced tuck-up (high-standing). Straight, long back. Long, powerful, arched croup. Tail: Set on low, very long, flexible, thick at the base and tapering toward the tip. At rest, hanging in sickle fashion with an
inward-curving hook at the tip. Hair: Short, very fine, smooth, dense. Slightly longer on the backs of the thighs. In the wirehaired variety, medium in length and
forming a light beard, mustache, eyebrows, and topknot. Coat: All colors are allowed. The most typical, in order of preference, are a shade of well-pigmented fawn and brindle. Black. Spotted
black, dark and light. Burnt chestnut. Cinnamon. Yellow. Red. White. Size: Dog: 62 to 70 cm. (24.5-27.5 in).Bitch: 60 to 68 cm. (23.5-27 in). Weight: Dog: 25 to 30 kg. (55-66 lb).Bitch: 20 to 25 kg. (44-55 lb).
History This sighthound was kept by the Romans in ancient times but brought to Spain even earlier. Some believe the Spanish Greyhound (galgo
means "greyhound" in Spanish) might be descended from the Arabian Greyhound, introduced to Spain by the Moors in the ninth century. The
Spanish Greyhound was prized by Spanish nobility and used primarily in racing. In order to obtain faster dogs, many crosses were made with
the Greyhound, creating an English-Spanish variety. Many Spanish Greyhounds were exported to Ireland and England, in particular, during the
sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Still commonly used by Spanish hunters.
Behavior The tough, active, very hardy Spanish Greyhound specializes in hare but also hunts fox and wild boar. He has a rather mediocre
nose. Gentle and very attached to his owner, he is the most affectionate and demonstrative of all the sighthounds. He needs gentle
Health Like many other sighthounds, Galgos are a fairly healthy breed although they are sensitive to anaesthesia. As such, proper care should be taken by the
owner to ensure that the attending veterinarian is aware of this issue. Although Galgos are big dogs, their history of selection as a working sighthound, their light weight,
and their anatomy keep them safe from hip dysplasia. These dogs must run regularly to keep in perfect health, combined with their characteristic tendency to sleep all the rest
of the day.
Advice He cannot live in an apartment and does not like being confined. He needs lots of exercise, including frequent runs. He must be brushed