Perro fino Colombiano

49-60 lbs
18-22"
Colombia
Colombian Fino Hound, Sabueso Fino Colombiano

The Perro Fino Colombiano is a rare breed of scenthound that developed in Colombia from dogs that were imported to the South American continent starting around the time that it was first colonized by European countries. While their tracking prowess made them very popular with both the upper and lower classes for quite some time, the overall population of these hunting hounds began diminishing when hunting laws in the country became more restrictive. They are energetic hound dogs who make good hunting buddies as well as entertaining family companions but are typically too friendly to make good guard dogs and too active and noisy to do well in apartments. 

Purpose
Hunting and Scenting
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Unknown

Perro fino Colombiano Health

Average Size
Male Perro fino Colombiano size stats
Height: 18-22 inches Weight: 49-60 lbs
Female Perro fino Colombiano size stats
Height: 18-22 inches Weight: 49-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Obesity
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Eye Infections
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Blood and Urine Tests
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Perro fino Colombiano Breed History

The Perro Fino Colombiano, also referred to as the Sabueso Fino Colombiano and the Colombian Fino Hound, has been utilized in Colombia to track and hunt large rodents like the Lowland Paca and the Capybara for at least two hundred years and were frequently popular not only with the humble farmers and peasants of the area for their ability to help track and hunt the large rodents as food, but also with the upper classes in Colombia as they often excelled at hunting and sporting events as well. There are no clear records of their development, and they are believed to be a combination of several types of hounds that were imported into South America starting with the colonization of South America by European countries such as Spain and England, and continuing throughout the 20th century, giving these dogs a great deal of diversity. Some of the breeds that are believed to have contributed to the development of this talented and tenacious hunter include the Bloodhound and pack hounds like the Foxhound. On April 21st of 2014 this breed, listed as the Sabueso Fino Colombiano, was given recognition by the official kennel club of Colombia, the Asociación Club Canino Colombiano (ACCC), and while it has not yet earned recognition with any of the major worldwide kennel clubs, the official breed club, the Asociación Club del Sabueso Fino Colombiano is working to meet the requirement set forth by the FCI to be recognized internationally as an official breed, with the most recent standard updated as recently as January of 2018.

Perro fino Colombiano Breed Appearance

The Perro Fino Colombiano is very similar in appearance to many other hunting and trailing hounds, with long ears that are set level to the eyes and hang down to frame their faces and almond-shaped eyes with a sweet expression that can come in an array of colors, with only blue and multicolored eyes being discouraged. The rectangular muzzle seen on this breed is slightly shorter than the skull and ends in a large, well-developed nose in either black or brown as well as a very strong, defined jawline. They are a little bit longer than they are tall with a strong neck, a long, thin, saber-shaped tail, a very solid skeletal structure, and well-muscled haunches and legs. Like many scenting hounds, the skin of the Perro Fino Colombiano is slightly loose compared to many other breeds in order to better trap scents when hunting, but not so loose as to lead to a large number of wrinkles. Their short, straight fur comes in either a smooth or a rough coat variety, both of which are short and straight, but the smooth coat tends to be shinier and held close to the body, while the rough coat has coarser fur, often with a slight beard and somewhat longer fur on the legs. 

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Perro fino Colombiano eyes
Hazel
brown Perro fino Colombiano eyes
Brown
amber Perro fino Colombiano eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Perro fino Colombiano nose
Black
brown Perro fino Colombiano nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
white Perro fino Colombiano coat
White
brindle Perro fino Colombiano coat
Brindle
pied Perro fino Colombiano coat
Pied
blue Perro fino Colombiano coat
Blue
cream Perro fino Colombiano coat
Cream
red Perro fino Colombiano coat
Red
brown Perro fino Colombiano coat
Brown
black Perro fino Colombiano coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Perro fino Colombiano straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Perro fino Colombiano Breed Maintenance

This breed is exceedingly easy to groom, only really needing brushing or bathing in order to remove dust and dirt and to control their moderate shedding. Like most dogs with long, drooping ears and looser skin, they tend to be more prone to ear and eye infections, and the few folds and wrinkles that they have can sometimes trap debris and bacteria. Their ears should be checked daily, their eyes should be frequently wiped down with a clean cloth, and any folds or wrinkles should also be examined to ensure that no dirt, debris, or moisture is trapped in them as these can lead to painful and smelly skin infections. 

Brushes for Perro fino Colombiano
Slicker Brush
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Perro fino Colombiano requires monthly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Perro fino Colombiano Temperament

The Colombian Fino Hound is generally a pleasant dog who gets along well with people of all ages and most canines. In the field, these hounds have an excellent nose, and they typically hunt well either singly or in packs, but like many tracking hounds, they can be a bit stubborn in their passion for hunting, especially when trailing game. They have a rather carefree nature, tending to be rather affectionate at home with their families and are known to get along well with children, but they do not generally make good watchdogs or guard dogs as they are just as friendly and patient with strangers. They have a high prey drive, and may not be reliable around small animals such as cats or rodents. This breed also has a tendency to be overweight, in large part due to overeating, so it is important to monitor their eating habits and to ensure that they get plenty of vigorous activity in order to maintain a healthy weight. 

Perro fino Colombiano Activity Requirements

This breed of dog was traditionally employed as a hunting dog, a job that requires a great deal of energy and stamina. In order to maintain their physical and mental health the Perro Fino Colombiano requires quite a bit of physical activity on a daily basis, particularly when the dog isn’t able to hunt, either because they are being kept as a family companion or because it is the off-season. These dogs are typically too energetic and noisy for apartment life and do better when they have a home with more room. Along with long walks, jogs, or hikes, this dog can find an outlet in activities such as flyball and competitive nose work. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Perro fino Colombiano Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Perro fino Colombiano Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Perro fino Colombiano size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 38 lbs
Female Perro fino Colombiano size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 38 lbs
12 Months
Male Perro fino Colombiano size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 49 lbs
Female Perro fino Colombiano size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 49 lbs
18 Months
Male Perro fino Colombiano size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 54 lbs
Female Perro fino Colombiano size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 54 lbs

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