Easily trainable for a greyhound, the Galgo Español is a rather shy breed at first. However, once his trust is gained, he forms a close, fixed bond. He easily fits into existing packs and displays a calm demeanor indoors. He behaves quite differently outside, where he shows hunting instincts that vary from individual to individual.
With the other sighthounds connects the Galgo Español not only his nature. Also his appearance is typical for the breed. His elongated body and the deep chest are clear breed-specific signs. He has a less pronounced stop and a long, low set tail that is often curved at the end. His neck has an oval cross-section and his ears are large, folded rose ears.
Galgos come in all colors and two different coat varieties. The smooth-haired Galgo has very short fur without undercoat. The rough-haired, on the other hand, up to 10 cm long shaggy and hard hair.
This breed is ideal for keeping in a pack. The single attitude is also possible of course. However, you should keep in mind that the Galgo wants to form a very close bond with its owner in order to be able to orientate itself to him. With a second dog he finds this needed hold there and is not quite so dependent on the human.
The intelligent and curious Galgo is quite easy to care for, also in terms of his upbringing. A training method without pressure and too much strictness, instead with positive reinforcement, leads to success with him.
The right food
The food for your Galgo Español should be of high quality and contain all important nutrients. Whether you choose dry or wet food is up to you. Of course, fresh water should always be available.
To avoid weight problems, it is best to feed treats only in moderation. You can also set aside a small amount of food from the daily ration. You can then feed this as a healthy snack spread throughout the day. Against dental problems due to tartar helps the occasional administration of chewing bones.
Health & Care
Since the Galgo has no undercoat to comb out, his coat needs little grooming. If he enjoys it, of course, nothing speaks against brushing him anyway.
Since Galgos, like all greyhounds, are prone to tartar, they need a little more attention from their owners in this area. Brushing the teeth, preferably with a special toothpaste from the vet, can prevent the formation. Already hardened plaque can be carefully removed with a fingernail. If this does not succeed, a visit to the vet should be planned.
An occasional look into the dog's eyes ears also helps to detect possible diseases (for example, inflammation or foreign bodies) at an early stage.
As a hunting dog, the Galgo is an animal that needs a lot of exercise. Ideal for him would be a securely fenced garden, where he can move freely. With balls or other toys can be trained there also the retrieving. For walks, a well-fitting harness and leash is essential. The sporty dog also likes to be your partner when jogging or cycling.
In the cold months, he should wear a winter coat to prevent colds.
Origin & History
The history of the Galgo goes back to the Celts in the 6th century BC. After the Romans moved in, they gave the Galgo the name Canis Gallicus, meaning "Gallic dog". This later developed into the general word "Galgo" for greyhound.
Close relatives of the breed are considered to be the Arabian Sloughi and the Podenco Ibicenco. In addition, the Galgo is a
Ancestor of the Greyhound, with which he was also crossed in the last century especially for racing.
Originally bred for hunting, the Galgo is still used today for hunting hare and wild boar. It is characterized by its enduring speed of 60-65 km/h and its enormous agility.