Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Spanish Galgo; Spanish Greyhound; Galgo
The so-called Spanish Greyhound shouldn't be considered a true Greyhound, since this aerodynamic-looking breed is used for hunting for long hours in wild mountain terrain, while the true Greyhound sprints on a level track. Nonetheless, a lot of Greyhound blood found its way into the Galgo population when track racing become popular in 1930s Spain. Fortunately, the pure breed survived in rural areas where it was used to hunt hare, and it was recognized by the Federation Cynalogique Internationale (FCI) by the 1980s.
Both the Greyhound and the Galgo Espanol share a common ancestor, the Celtic dogs that appeared in Europe around 500-400 BC. As a result, you may notice some personality similarities. If you take your Galgo on a brisk daily run or jog, it can be quite content to laze around the house with you the rest of the evening-- making for a relaxed pet that may fit more easily into many people's lives. They should be socialized with kindness and positive rewards to prevent them from becoming timid. Like the Greyhound, they are stimulated to give chase when they spot potential prey, so you need to take care to keep them on a leash when out in public.
Appearance / health:
Galgo Espanols have all the characteristics that make them suitable for running long distances over rugged terrain. They are very long with less depth of chest, less rear angulation, less weight and height, and longer muscles for endurance.
The typical Galgo Espanol is a medium-sized, lean, slender dog with a small head and a long pointed muzzle. The neck is long, slim, muscular and supple. The ears are triangular, set high, broad at the base and semi-pricked when the dog is alert. The eyes are small, dark, and almond-shaped. The legs are straight, thin, long, well boned, and muscular. The tail is very long, slightly tapering towards its tip and resting between the legs when the dog is at rest.
The wirehaired variety needs more care and grooming compared to the smooth coated ones. Wirehaired Espanols need to be combed or brushed once or twice a week to prevent matt formation. Bathing can be done once a week or once a month or only when it is required. Before a bath, thorough combing or brushing is done to prevent matting.
The smooth haired needs less brushing and bathing compared to the wirehaired. Nails can be trimmed once in two or three weeks. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly. Teeth can be cleaned occasionally using special toothpaste and toothbrush available at pet stores.
Galgos are great sporting companions who cheerfully accompany their family to country walks. Taking them for a walk twice a day is necessary to keep them physically fit and mentally stimulated. They should not be left off leash as they are sighthounds and would start running once they locate the prey.
The Galgo Espanol is a healthy breed but can be prone to hip dysplasia (an inherited disease in which the hip joint displaces, causing crippling), skin allergies, periodontal disease (an infection of the tissues that hold the teeth leading to sore and bleeding gums), bloating, epilepsy (a debilitating nervous disorder characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures), and an irritable bowel. It may also be prone to cancer.
Behavior / temperament:
Galgo Espanols possess a strong will to please the owner, a trait that makes them trainable. Usually, they are calm and unobtrusive, but are very energetic while going for walks or on field. Fast, persistent, and agile, they make excellent hunters in rugged terrains. They are sighthounds and are quick to run once a potential prey is located.
They have a strong protective instinct and need to be extensively socialized from an early age lest they turn into shy or fearful adults.
They have an overpowering instinct to chase and catch moving objects and are likely to run after poultry, rodents or other animals and even moving vehicles if left off leash.
They are trainable as they are intelligent, calm, and eager to please the owner. Basic obedience and household rules training are important for Galgos. They need to be trained firmly and consistently. Harsh disciplinary measures need to be avoided as this could make the dog shy or nervous. Positive reinforcement yields excellent results with them.
They do not bark much, making them suitable for urban settings.
Inflammatory joint disease
Inflammation = a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection. Inflammatory joint disease can be caused by infection or immune-mediated disease. Immune-mediated polyathritis is fairly rare in dogs, but still occurs sporadically. Adequan is made from bovine cartilage and it resembles by its composition to normal cartilage so it is easily integrated into the joint. Adequan is made more than 20 years ago for control of the symptoms of noninfectious degenerative joint problems aka arthritis. Its main role is to lubricate the joints, stop inflammation (by stoping prostaglandins E2) and stopping the degenerative process and also promote re-building of some elements of the cartilage. Adequan is given every 3-4 days (twice a week) up to 8 times. The dosage is 2 mg/lb body weight (.02 mL/lb, or 1 mL per 50 lb). This therapy is maybe pricey, but it shows very good results and movement improvement..
From DVM Ivana Vukasinovic 221 days ago
Clicker train your dog to go on command!
The best uses for clicker training, when you are house training, are teaching your dog to do his business on command, and teaching him to alert you that he needs to go outside.
To teach a dog to eliminate on command, it's as simple as clicking when they begin to squat and rewarding them (calmly and quietly; dogs don't really like to be startled in the middle of doing that). When you get to where you can tell they are about to squat, you add the cue by saying "Potty" or "Bathroom" or whatever word you want to use right before they squat, then clicking and rewarding when they do it.
To teach a dog to alert you to his needs, you can hang a bell on the door. Click whenever he touches it and let him outside (in this case, the reward is opening the door).
Clicker training is great for so many things, including house training!.
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