Spanish Greyhound

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50-55 lbs
23-27"
Spain
Galgo, Galgo Espanol

The Spanish Greyhound is an athletic, serious dog that has a somewhat reserved temperament. They can be shy around people they do not know and will avoid anyone new. They are very affectionate with their family and can even become affectionate with people outside the family that they see on a regular basis. The Spanish Greyhound is gentle with children and does well even with younger children. Expect to socialize your Spanish Greyhound from an early age to help them overcome their uneasiness with unfamiliar situations. Training is relatively easy as long as positive reinforcement is used, they do not respond to harsh commands. 

Purpose
Sighthound
Date of Origin
Ancient
Ancestry
Irish Greyhound, Sloughi, Scottish Deerhound

Spanish Greyhound Health

Average Size
Male Spanish Greyhound size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 50-65 lbs
Female Spanish Greyhound size stats
Height: 23-27 inches Weight: 50-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually Very Healthy
Minor Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bone Cancer
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Spanish Greyhound Breed History

The Spanish Greyhound has a rather muddied past and theories as to their origins. One widely accepted theory is that the Spanish Greyhound came from crossing the Irish Greyhound with the Sloughi or Scottish Deerhound. This ancient breed did not have their history written until the early 1900s and then it was too late to accurately trace their heritage. The Spanish Greyhound is also called the Galgo or Galgo Espanol and was named after the Gauls which was a Celtic tribe living in the Iberian Peninsula during the 6th century. Historians believe the Celts acquired various sighthounds from Phoenician merchants and then the Moors conquered Spain in the 8th century and brought African sighthounds. The Moors are thought to have bred the Spanish Greyhounds to these unknown African sighthounds. However, most of the Spanish Greyhounds that are in existence today can be traced back to Irish Greyhounds because of their speed and hardiness. The Spanish Greyhound was originally only owned by the noble class and was held in very high esteem. However, the lower classes began stealing these dogs and then breeding them indiscriminately. This led to them losing favor among the nobles and being viewed as trash to only be owned by the lower classes despite their elegant look. The overall appearance of the Spanish Greyhound changed because of being over-bred. More color variations became acceptable and several different coat textures. In the early 20th century the Spanish Greyhound began to change again because they were crossed with the English Greyhound to create an even faster breed. Both the English Greyhound and the Spanish Greyhound are considered to be two of the fastest breeds in the world. The cross was dubbed the Anglo-Spanish Greyhound but the Anglo was dropped after several years. The Spanish Greyhound is rarely found outside of their native Spain and is not recognized by many dog clubs. 

Spanish Greyhound Breed Appearance

The Spanish Greyhound is not an overly large breed, the males stand between 24 and 27 inches tall at the withers and the females stand between 23 and 27 inches. They are typical Greyhounds and have a lean, athletic body with an elongated head and long, thin legs. This breed is elegant. They have a black nose and the pigmentation on their eye rims and lips is also black. Their eyes are oblique, almond shaped and somewhat small. Their eyes are usually dark but can be a lighter amber color if their coat color is lighter. They have triangular ears that have a wider base and a rounded tip. The Spanish Greyhound has a slightly arched back with their rear being higher than their front. They can be found in a variety of coat types ranging from a smooth, flat coat to a rough-coat variety. The rough-coat variety has longer hair on their face creating a moustache, beard and eyebrows.  The most common colors include toasted cinnamon, yellow, white, red, dark brindle and pied although all coat colors are accepted. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Spanish Greyhound eyes
Brown
amber Spanish Greyhound eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Spanish Greyhound nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Spanish Greyhound coat
Pied
red Spanish Greyhound coat
Red
brindle Spanish Greyhound coat
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Spanish Greyhound wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Spanish Greyhound Breed Maintenance

Both varieties of the Spanish Greyhound should be brushed at least once a week. The smooth coated variety simply needs brushed with a rubber curry brush, soft slicker brush or a hound mitt. The rough-coated or wirehaired variety can also be groomed with a rubber curry brush or soft slicker brush, but their facial hair will need to be combed using a metal comb. Their beard and moustache may need to be combed more often if food particles get stuck or they will have a very smelly face. While they do not have a strong dog smell, they should be bathed every three to four months. Do not bathe them too often; too many baths can cause skin irritation and dandruff. The Spanish Greyhound is not hypoallergenic and they do shed mildly throughout the year. Their nails should be trimmed every few weeks, however, since they are sighthounds they are sensitive about having their feet handled. Nail trimming can be a great time of stress for them if their feet are not handled often from puppyhood.

Brushes for Spanish Greyhound
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Spanish Greyhound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Spanish Greyhound Temperament

The Spanish Greyhound is best described as quiet and somewhat reserved. They are affectionate towards their family members but are shy or reserved around people they do not know. They can show affection towards nonfamily when they see them on a daily or almost daily basis. Early socialization is important to ensure they do not become overly shy. They can also easily develop separation anxiety when they become too dependent on their family. It is important to not foster that behavior and make them spend time apart. While they can be energetic, when given plenty of exercise they will be calm and relaxed in the home. Being a sighthound, the Spanish Greyhound does not get along with small pets in the home. They can learn to live amicably with cats and small dogs but should be watched closely with ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs or other non-canine pets. A fenced yard is required to keep them secure when not with you.

Spanish Greyhound Activity Requirements

Yes, the Spanish Greyhound is a higher energy dog and does need to run daily. However, once they have had their exercise, they are easy to live with and will lounge at your feet in the evenings. Long walks are an ideal way to get plenty of exercise and to bond with your Spanish Greyhound. Daily jaunts to the dog park where they can run and play with other dogs is also a great way to expel some of their energy. Playing fetch in the backyard is another great way to let them stretch their legs and wear themselves out so they are calm in the house.

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

Spanish Greyhound Food Consumption

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

Spanish Greyhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Spanish Greyhound size stats at six months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Spanish Greyhound size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 27 lbs
12 Months
Male Spanish Greyhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Spanish Greyhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 40 lbs
18 Months
Male Spanish Greyhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 57 lbs
Female Spanish Greyhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 52 lbs

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