The Spanish Galgo as seen by a dog trainer

Mario Hernandez on 25/10/2016

Origin:

Firstly, we need to clarify that the Spanish Galgos and the Sighthounds are not the same. The Sighthound is a broader concept and refers to the type of dog with a structure that allows it to reach high speeds. The Sighthounds in general are primarily used for hunting hares.

The Spanish Galgo is the Spanish Sighthound. Cave representations of the ancestors of the Galgo have been found in Alpera (Albacete) in the so-called “Cueva de la Vieja” which date back to 10,000 BC.

There are different theories on the origin of Spanish sighthound. According to the dominant ones, the Galgo was introduced in the Iberian Peninsula either by the Celts or the Romans after the Arab occupation in the eighth century. It is this “Arabic blood”, that gives the Galgo its extraordinary strength which makes the breed an excellent long-distance runner.

Physical Attributes:

It is an elegant but muscular dog, that is explosive and fast. The Galgo has been bred to run and it does exactly that!

Temperament:

They have a very calm temperament and do not look for trouble with other dogs. Being a country dog, many Galgos are insecure and fearful, but this can be easily corrected given that at its origin, it is a breed that loves to play and be with its family.

Although the breed has been designed for hunting and running, Galgos make excellent pets as at home as they love to be calm.

Grooming:

Simple brushing, bathing and hygiene care.

Maintenance:

Around 600 g to 750g of food per day.

Training:

As a trainer, while working with Spanish Galgos, I found a variation of cases, dogs that were calm and secure but also the complete opposite, dogs with many fears and extreme insecurities. Although training is very important for all Galgos, it is even more critical for the insecure ones. This will help them to get rid of their fears and gain confidence and enjoy their lives.

Walks:

To maintain their muscles, they need a lot of exercise. Galgos love walks and especially enjoy running. They are the perfect match for people that love running outdoors as they can enjoy the company of their dogs to the maximum.

More Breeds

You can check Mario’s advice on other dog breeds here

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