Spanish Dog Names in Pop Culture
Blanco, the Spanish word for white, was the name given to a Collie that was gifted to President L.B Johnson by a young girl from Illinois named Lois Nelson. This beautiful dog was often photographed with the President, and was almost photographed as much as him. The President was an avid dog lover, and Blanco was an impressive dog. Almost pure white in color with a long feathered coat, this dog really suited his Spanish name. Blanco wasn't exactly the best behaved dog though, and often bit the other dogs owned by the President. He also distinguished himself by peeing on a sculpture by the noted artist Alexander Calder. The statue was on loan to the White House from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Eventually this beautiful, yet nervous dog was given to a Kentucky doctor and his wife when President Johnson left the White House. Blanco died of natural causes aged 11 in the year of 1974.
An infamous dog with a Spanish name was Becerrillo, which means little bull calf, who gained a place in history. He was a Castilian attack dog during the time of the Spanish conquistadors. A black eyed, medium size dog with a red colored coat, his breed is undetermined. Much is written about this vicious dog who was trained to attack and kill the enemy. The dog was owned by the governor of Puerto Rico at the time, but was often entrusted to the care of Captain Diego de Salazar who was a man known for his ruthless tactics. He often used Becerrillo to attack natives who defied the conquistadors. They grew to fear this dog more than they feared the Spanish invaders. Becerillo was known for the sheer number of victims that he had killed; this is a sad tale of the misuse of the loyalty of the dog. The dog was eventually killed from arrows from the natives. This tale of a dog gone wrong because of improper training shows the absolute opposite of what a dog normally is - gentle and loyal and protective.