Spanish Hound

Sabueso Espanol

The Spanish Hound is very appreciated in his country. Hunters love him, families appreciate him and police officers use him in their work. This dog, unknown today, is still to be discovered.

Height 48 to 57 cm
Weight 20 to 25 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Home country Spain

Quick Overview of the Spanish Hound

Temperament

  • Pretty stubborn
  • Quite unstable nature
  • Very independent

Appearance

  • Slender build
  • Unique silhouette
  • Very fine, short and dense coat
  • Dark almond-shaped hazelnut eyes

Health

  • Very robust
  • No particular problem

Temperament of the Spanish Hound

The Spanish Hound is generally a medium-size dog with a rather obstinate and independent character. Of unstable nature, he will be quite recalcitrant towards strangers and even sometimes angry towards his fellow canine companions.

With great stamina and a very lively nature, he is an excellent guard as well as hunting dog.

Ideal for small game, such as foxes and hares, he can also be used for larger game and his excellence in blood tracking makes him a perfect tool in the search for missing persons.

Very brave and endowed with a special nose, his endurance is exemplary. He is faithful and loyal but his obstinate character asks for a firm and constant education. He is very affectionate and will be calm if the education received is adequate.

Breed Appearance

Spanish hound

This medium-sized dog with a well-proportioned shape has a very special gait. The purity of the breed has been maintained, which is reflected in his unique silhouette.

Height

Between 52 and 57 cm (20.47 to 22.44 inches) for the male
Between 48 and 53 cm (18.90 to 20.87 inches) for the female

Weight

Between 20 and 25 kg (44.09 to 55.12 pounds) for the male
Between 20 and 25 kg (44.09 to 55.12 pounds) for the female

Color

The breed standard defines the coat as white and orange, with orange variance ranging from light to lemon or intense reddish-brown. The predominance of either color is accepted. The contours of the predominant color are free of flecks and well defined, with irregularly shaped spots.

Hair

His coat is very fine, short and full.

Morphology

His head is long but in harmony. His almond-shaped eyes are very dark hazelnut.
His long, large and drooping ears are rectangular with rounded tips hanging slightly and protruding beyond the nose. The muzzle is long and nose is large. His tail is very large at the base and descends above the hock.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #204

Tips About this breed

Garden, countryside, park, apartment, house, whatever the type of residence or owner, the Spanish Hound will adapt very well to the daily life of the master. However, daily and rather intense exercise should be part of your plans when buying such a dog.

Not afraid of bad weather, he can live indoors as well as outdoors, but must still have plenty of space to spend his great energy.

Spending his energy and a constant and firm education will allow him to live and make his family members happy. Without a proper education, he will do as he pleases, whether he lives in the country or the city. It is therefore very important to provide him with a good education and make him understand early on who is the true master of the household.

Health of the Spanish Hound

Very robust, this hardy dog has no particular health issues, but it is preferable to watch his diet as he has a slight tendency to become overweight.

GROOMING

This beautiful specimen requires regular brushing and daily ear checks. The ears being drooping and long, a regular inspection and cleaning will fix it all. After a group hunt, it will be essential to check the ears on the way back.

History of this breed

The Spanish Hound, whose ancestors were the Saint Hubert and White Talbot (now extinct), is originally from Spain. This very old breed has remained pure until today.

Many classical authors, such as Argote de Molina or King Alfonso XI of the Middle Ages, describe him masterfully in their respective works.

The Spanish Hound existed then in two varieties; the small or light and the large. The small or light one has now practically disappeared. One finds very few of them outside Spain. The difference in stature between the two varieties is quite large even if the general appearance remains the same.

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