Original Name : Galgo Espanol
Type : Graioid
Other Names : Galgo
Male size : 24½-27½ inches
Female size : 23½-26¾ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Spain
Galgos are sighthounds of good size and compact bone, characterized by a long, narrow head, generous ribcage, well tucked up belly and very long tail. Functional harmony and proportions are imperative at rest and in action. These are serious, aloof dogs that expend much energy and show great vivacity on the hunt.
Proportionate to the rest of the body, long, lean and fleshless.
Rectangular, strong and supple, radiating robustness, agility and endurance, ample ribcage and very well tucked up belly.
All colors, but the following are most typical, in order of preference: fawn and brindle, black, dark and light black flecked, burned chestnut, cinnamon, yellow, red, white, with white markings and pied.
Broad at the base, triangular, fleshy to begin with, finer and thinner towards the rounded tip.
Strong at the base, set low, lengthening between the legs with which it remains in good contact.
Dense, very fine, short and smooth, over the whole body including between the toes.
Spanish Greyhounds have certainly been around since Roman times, but it is supposed that they were introduced into the Iberian peninsula prior to the arrival of conquering legions. Descendants of the ancient Asian sighthounds, Spanish Greyhounds have adapted to various types of terrain, from steppe to plain. The breed was exported in great numbers, mainly to Ireland and England in the 16th century, and is said to be the ancestor of many other sighthound breeds.
Galgos, which are said by some to be among the ancestors of the Greyhound, also exist in a rough-coated variety, with harder hair that can vary in length and tends to form a beard and mustache, as well as eyebrows and a tuft on the top of the head.