- Other names:
- Spanish Greyhound
- Spanish Galgo
The Galgo Espanol, also referred to as the Spanish Greyhound, is rarely found outside Europe. It has been the primary sighthound of the dry, uneven Spanish terrain for centuries used for hunting and coursing hare. Much controversy exists regarding their poor and even brutal treatment at the end of the hunting season. Galgo Espanols are large size dogs that are sometimes confused with greyhounds due to certain visible similarities in its slender, elegant body. Members of this breed, however, are smaller and come in various coat textures and colors. Extremely quick and agile, although not as fast as they greyhound, they have flat, lean musculature.
This dog is perfect for active owners or families that want a pet to accompany them for daily exercise and sporting activities. They make sweet, calm indoor dogs and are gentle and affectionate with children. Galgos have low guard dog ability but are generally reserved and wary around strangers. This breed is great for those desiring a dog with low maintenance in regards to grooming. Trainability is high for these sensitive dogs but they require soft handling, patience and positive reinforcement such as praise and treats.