Spanish Greyhound

Other name: Spanish Galgo

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Life expectancy

The Spanish Greyhound has a life expectancy of between 10 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 24 and 27 in
Male Between 24 and 28 in

Adult weight

Female Between 55 and 66 lb
Male Between 55 and 66 lb
Coat colour
Black Red
Type of coat
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More details about the Spanish Greyhound

Spanish Greyhound: Origins and history

Their Spanish name is Galgo. It seems like this might be a contraction or evolution of the word “gallicus”. With this logic, their ancestor would have been a Gallic greyhound, arriving in Spain via France with the Celts in the sixth century BC. 
However, the breed was already known in Roman times and there is no trace in France of their ancestor; this calls the theory of presumed French heritage into question.  

It is more likely that the Galgo descends from Eastern Greyhounds which arrived in Spain from Africa, perhaps mixed with traditional Greyhound blood, as they closely resemble each other.

FCI classification of the Spanish Greyhound

  • Group 10 - Sighthounds

  • Section 3 : Short-haired Sighthounds

Training a Spanish Greyhound

These dogs are very rare in the UK, and even more so outside Spain. Because of this, when they are adopted it is often through a charity which fights against the poor treatment they suffer in Spain.

Thus, the training needed for a cute puppy who has not experienced any trauma is very different to the training required for a dog who has.

To educate, or rather to rehabilitate a Galgo, it is important to arm oneself with patience and gentleness. Consider their past; offer a stable and secure environment; meet their exercising needs and especially never use violence to be "respected".

Moreover, these dogs have, in addition to their often painful past, a strong and tenacious character that requires a firm hand and consistency.

Spanish Greyhound: Purchase price

The price of a Spanish Greyhound varies according to their lineage, age and sex. It is very difficult to find an exact price of a Galgo puppy. 
On the other hand, they are a number of associations which rehome adult Spanish greyhounds after they have been mistreated or abandoned. The prices differ depending on the association, the dog’s past and their traumas as well as the expected veterinary costs in the short, medium or long term.

The average budget needed to meet the needs of a dog of this size is about £35 / month. In addition to this, it is necessary to budget for extra veterinary care for dogs that have suffered numerous abuses.

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