They have a flat musculature with the rib cage being less deep than that of a Greyhound – it should not reach the elbows. They are somewhat aloof around strangers but love their own human family. When he left I looked in the door, yet couldn’t open I saw many galgos in a big cage. Growing puppies and young dogs use a lot of energy so they will require a diet rich in protein. They aren't prone to many genetic illnesses and unlike so many other dog breeds, this is one dog that doesn't battle with hip dysplasia – in fact it is almost unknown among this tall, slim dog breed. Open land was the favourite haunt of Galgos, and this sleek breed would run and run in pursuit of food for their rich owners to be served upon their opulent tables at banquets. They have a reputation as gentle dogs that are docile and quiet, with good health. I live with people with allergies and would love to have another Greyhound, but can’t because of those allergies. At least every greyhound I have seen in the US. They are however susceptible to other issues. Even though the Galgo Espanol is often referred to as the Spanish Greyhound, the Galgo is actually not the same as a Greyhound at all. he also has some podenco blood in his venes. Greyhound coats are only ever smooth. And of course, they love cats. The sport of racing the Galgo earns Spain around sixty million dollars per year. Informative information about the physical differences. 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They excel of course at agility and lure coursing. He is therefore more susceptible to extreme temperatures. You love him/her to pieces..no doubt! The Galgo is smaller than the Greyhound. Despite these differences, when looking at temperament, the Galgos and Greyhounds are very similar. i adopted him from animal protection. Have seen first hand what damage that can do! In this respect their lightness of weight, their history as a working dog and their anatomy have protected them from it. The dog has been bred for racing but today is also a popular pet. Greyhounds were developed to be fast, fast, fast for a short period of time. The average male is 24 - 27 inches at the shoulder with an average weight of 60 - 65 lbs. Are the wire-coated Galgos considered hypoallergenic? And for the record, my greyhounds are far more easy than my galga…, Our two must have some Spanish in them, then. It is believed that the rough coat gives the Galgo more protection when running through the fields. They both are a little bit shy and gentle and affectionate. We have owned several greyhounds when living in North America (most came from the tracks). The Greyhound will require a gentle, fair, kind owner who understands his need for peace and quiet, and then he becomes a most wonderful devoted, loyal and loving pet. To be successful hare-hunters, they must be able to do what a hare is able to do! These smaller, more … Galgo Espanol may have less litter size than Greyhound. According to Greyhound experts, an adult Greyhound dog will need an average daily caloric intake of 1740 calories. The Spanish Greyhound, more commonly known as the Galgo, is used exclusively as a hunting dog in its home country. My most intense, persistent, prey-driven retired racer (and the only one to actually catch any suburban varmits) is also the only one to fit the stereotype of not getting on with other breeds. The Galgo is smaller than the Greyhound. Intelligent and gentle, the Greyhound is described by those who have owned them as wonderful pet. You have to take action quickly if you detect bloat – the stomach swells up – as this is a life-threatening condition that can occur quickly when air is trapped in the stomach. They stared at the same tree in the park for days after watching a cat race up it. I did some research about the Galgos because I didn't know anything about them until I read an article on National Geographic about the annihilation of the Galgos in Spain. Which is vital to our veterinarians. In promoting Galgo adoption, you have no reason to insult Greyhounds. The rear of the Galgos is higher than the front and their muscle are flatter. The results was a faster dog without the long distance stamina of the pure Galgo. Additionally, my retired racer does quite well with ALL breeds of dogs, his only limit is puppies, although he’s grown to be quite chummy with our new whippet baby. The Galgos is a lighter, smaller dog with larger ear on a long head. They are similar to English Greyhounds, but the trained eye can spot several differences. This breed is ancient with their roots in perhaps the English greyhound and others in the sighthound family. You can call a Greyhound’s attention away sometimes but this is much harder with a Galgo. Die Galgos werden meist in Rudeln gehalten und wachsen unter ihres gleichen auf, manchmal auch mit anders rassigen Artgenossen. Die Galgos werden meist in Rudeln gehalten und wachsen unter ihres gleichen auf, manchmal auch mit anders rassigen Artgenossen. But since returning to Europe, finding greyhounds has become very difficult, but Galgo’s are easy to find. Galgo Espanol is originated from Spain but Greyhound is originated from United Kingdom. It is common for a Galgo to return to a place for days or even weeks after spotting a prey animal waiting for it to come back. This work could not have been realized without that support. , Thank you for a very informative article. The neck of a Galgo is longer than the Greyhound’s and more agile and flexible to accommodate to the twists and turns of the hare they are chasing. Your email address will not be published. An average female is 23 - 26 inches at the shoulder with an average weight of 50 - 55 lbs. They’re neurotic, shy to the point of being unable to be around strangers, and hyperactive. The Greyhound does however, have a deep chest and this is what makes him vulnerable to bloat or gastric torsion. Now, however, the movement to confront such barbarity is gathering pace as rescued greyhounds – galgosin Spanish – become more and more popular among hipster communities and … My recent trip to Spain was tarnished when I took a walk in the countryside and her a dog crying and howling behind a wall/gate. The head of a Galgo is very long and fine with relatively large ears. Even the greys. Hi Jude, thank you for your comment. Make sure your Greyhound doesn't gobble his food too quickly and preferably give him smaller meals as opposed to one or two large bowls of food. They are also successful show dogs in Europe much more than the states. At the end of the hunting season, countless are disposed of or abandoned. Galgos are higher in the rear than in the front, and have flatter muscling than a Greyhound, which is characteristic of endurance runners. Both Galgo Espanol and Greyhound requires Low maintenance. Advocates are working to find homes for Spanish greyhounds, or galgos, a breed traditionally valued for sport but often subject to horrible abuse. Feed your adult Galgo a high quality dry food made for large breed dogs. Galgo Espanol Vs Greyhound A Guide to the differences between the Greyhound and the Galgo . This is perhaps because they are really rare outside of Spain. I enjoyed this post,but want to point out that Greyhounds have hare feet, not cat feet. This means that the stamina of the original Galgo Espanol is needed. He does need daily exercise and bedrest both. By Michaela Müller . Finding new homes for them used to be difficult, but not any more. They’re not great barkers and because they are non-aggressive, they don’t make wonderful guard dogs. This is the story of the Spanish galgo, the dogs that are killed at a rate of 100,000 or more per year once their masters are done with them. The Greyhound, forgetting about the racing part, makes a superb pet too. Just like any dog, he will also need training and socialization as this can build up his confidence and then he knows how to please his owners and what they expect. I am not being offensive I just want to correct this point as its simply not true.Love both breeds of sighthounds currently have four greyhounds. We can see the same derivative in the Italian "levriero" and the French "lévrier". They are good with children, but you need to be careful no one gets knocked down or hurt. The Spanish Greyhound is also called the Galgo or Galgo Espanol and was named after the Gauls which was a Celtic tribe living in the Iberian Peninsula during the 6 th century. Spanish Greyhound, Spanish Galgo, Galgo : English Greyhound : English Whippet, Snap Dog : Breed Type : Purebred : Purebred : Purebred : AKC Group : Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. It was horrible I hate the Spaniards. They’ve also been used for hunting too because of their keen eyesight and sense of smell. Now, however, the movement to confront such barbarity is gathering pace as rescued greyhounds – galgos in Spanish – become more and more popular among hipster communities and city dwellers in northern Spain. As a result, unfortunately the Galgo is subjected to abuse if he’s not fast enough to hunt; they are often mistreated or even killed if they are not up to standard. Please consider rewriting it so that you don’t give greyhounds a bad reputation. Sie werden als Welpen von der Mutterhündin geprägt und sozialisiert, was ihnen einen guten Start ins Leben sichert. Once only owned by families of the nobility, gradually these dogs became a favourite with poorer families who reli… Greyhounds are better on straight surfaces, Galgos can turn on a dime. Galgo Español Spanien, Festland. Many European associations are trying to save these noble and sweet natured dogs. I live with people with allergies & would love to have a a big dog again. Their owners dispose of them by skinning them, burying them alive, pouring acid on them, throwing them down wells and dumping them on busy roads. I've never let mine o... by CouldBeKim 16 months ago These Boys are Old and Grey 0 replies. Greyhounds are different, blood levels, body readings, etc. Dogs seen in painting from the 12th century look just like dogs of this breed who can be seen today. They will take longer to revive, and they are susceptible to hypothermia while under an aesthetic. The 18th and 19th centuries saw very little change in the breed. The Galgo coat comes in two different types: smooth and wire haired. Galgo Español / Der Greyhound . In recent years, however, the world has finally started to take notice. It was a characteristic that came up several times during different pieces of research, and I went with it. Tho I might want to add one more difference, which is hard to point on. Greyhounds are a wonderfully healthy dog breed and with good care can reach 14 years of age. He can get on well with kind, gentle, respectful children as well as with pets in the home. The Galgo comes in smooth and rough coats and a variety of colors. i enjoyed reading this, up until 6 months ago, I had never heard of a Galgo, ( or Lurcher ) before. I recently posted a brief introduction about the Galgo Espanol, but because many people don’t realise there are differences between the English and the Spanish Greyhound, I decided to list 5: The first, most obvious difference between a Galgo and a Greyhound is the size. Your Greyhound’s breeder will be the best guide for the type of- and the amount of dog food your hound will need. If one has only had either galgo or grey, you wouldn’t notice. My first greyhound adored ALL other dogs and loved to meet every dog she saw while out on walks; it was her favorite part of walking. Plan to give him frequent early socialization to overcome his tendency toward shyness. The loin should be higher than the shoulders. I know Greyhounds shed a lot. They are wonderful dogs, just as galgos are. I am sorry you took offense. Galgos were developed to be fast, robust, agile and have a lot of endurance. As many as 2,000 animals are saved each year. They may try to return to the spot he once saw a rabbit on every walk. Keep them on a leash because if they run you will never catch them. Sorry about that! They train anywhere from three to four thousand of the Galgos every year for Open Field Coursing Championships. From the others. The current coursing programs feature a hare that is much hardier and difficult to pursue so the stamina of the old Galgo Espanol is desired. Are wire-haired Galgos considered hypoallergenic? Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed. This is a non-aggressive, gentle, docile, calm dog. She never seemed to lose that hope, very funny. However, in the 20th century, there was cross breeding with the English greyhound that produced a leaner, faster and powerful track racing dog. Galgo Espanol means Spanish with galgo meaning greyhound, thus a Spanish Greyhound. The stomach can become twisted. Your #5 is not, I’m sorry to say, accurate at all. In Castile, where these games are played, the landscape is open with large fields that requires that the hare travels far greater distances. Generally good health as a breed. In the hope I don’t upset any Greyhound owners who may be reading this, I am going to say that Galgos are more persistent and possibly smarter than Greyhounds. Our boys, Vince and Sunny, are 15 1/2 years old. Greyhounds are commonly great with other dogs and fine with cats. Deshalb sind sie für die Rennbahn nicht schnell genug. For years she would try to take me down a driveway she once saw a squirrel, basicly she would lead me to all places she may have seen a squirrel one time. Both Galgo Espanol and Greyhound has almost same life span. Though they can be couch potatoes like greyhounds they are better off with a fenced yard and not an apartment. Der Galgo Español war schon den Römern in der Antike bekannt; es ist aber anzunehmen, dass seine Verbreitung auf der Iberischen Halbinsel schon viel früher stattfand. Greyhounds are almost useless hunting on anything but a flat, clear surface but Galgos excel on uneven, even rough terrain, in forests, on anything. The dogs weigh in the region of 27 to 40 kg. He is a dog that needs to spend time indoors. The Spanish greyhound, or galgo, is one of the most persecuted dog breeds. The Spanish Greyhound is thought to be a descendent of Asian greyhounds that adapted to the Spanish climate and terrain. When not racing the Galgos have become great house pets. One author, Arrian, had his own Galgos and used them when hunting. He has a long narrow muzzle, semi-erect/semi-floppy short ears and a long slender tail. He is affectionate toward his family and gentle with young children. It’s good to note that a Galgo can sit, whereas the Greyhound is often unable to fold his hind muscles comfortably into a sitting position, due to their bulk and strong tone necessary for taking off from stationary into full speed as they spring from traps. The name 'galgo' is thought to have derived from the Roman breed name 'Canis Gallicus' meaning Celtic dog; 'galgo' is now the Spanish word for Greyhound. By noon on a late-May day, Tina Solera of Galgos del Sol (GDS) had already had what she termed three “cardiac arrests” related to her work of saving the abandoned hunting dogs of southern Spain. They are already used to my dog and are quite young still (1.5 years old, all littermates). Probably the most well known ones on the list are Greyhounds, Whippets and Afghan Hounds. The Story Of The Galgo. You are in error when you state that Greyhounds are not as good with other dogs and are difficult to handle. I Finished the 30 Day Blogging Challenge! They are loving and get on well with their entire family, whether human beings or pets. Spanish Greyhound Information Galgos are similar in appearance to Greyhounds, but are distinctly different in their conformation. Galgos are a more intense in the prey drive department. When the Christians regained control of the Iberian Peninsula, they did away with the hunter old forms of hunting and introduced a new form with hounds that made the Galgo the pride of the aristocracy and not in the homes of the ordinary people. Learn more about Cleo today. A Greyhound would have forgotten by lunch time . Galgos are more used to the company of different types of dogs, and therefore adjust and get on better with any dog in the home. It was certainly not my intention to first of all promote galgos at the disadvantage of greyhounds nor insult anyone – least of all any breed of dog. Both breeds are calm and laid back and they love snoozing comfortably on the sofa, a bed or a duvet. There are dogs like the Galgo referred to in writing by the ancient Celts and Romans. They have long tails and their chests are not deep like the Greyhounds. I know many greyhounds who would do (and DO) quite well coursing prey in terrain that’s not flat. Wow, a lot of negative greyhound comments. The Galgo Espanol and the Greyhound are both sighthound breeds (dogs that hunt by sight and speed, instead of by scent and endurance), but they are not genetically the same. They are not recognized by the United Kennel Club nor the American Kennel Club. I will correct. Shame on you. Sorry to disagree but my greyhound never forgot where she saw prey. Being a large dog, the Galgo Espanol would normally face a high probability of hip dysplasia. The Spanish Greyhound or Galgo Español is a tall, slender and strong dog originally bred to hunt hares. Just like our Greyhounds they can … Which is better: Greyhound or Spanish Greyhound or Treeing Walker Coonhound? The Males are usually about 71 to 76 cm in height with the females being slightly smaller. Having a relaxed lifestyle is what your Greyhound will love. The Greyhound is a tall, muscled, long-legged, slender dog with a flexible spine, a deep chest and exceptional eye sight. Like the greyhound they are shy and reserved; great with kids and other pets. Thanks for this article- I have greyhounds and have wondered about the difference in the Galgos and Greyhnd. Galgo Espanol may weigh 11 kg / 24 pounds lesser than Greyhound. Galgos are higher in the rear than in the front, and have flatter muscling than a Greyhound, which is characteristic of endurance runners. Greyhound and Galgo Español rollicking on the beach. They ruled the interior of the country while the bloodhound ruled the exterior. Galgos are different also. I won’t be doing this for a while yet anyway (not until I move to a bigger house in a a year or two) but I’m wondering if it’s possible for me to get a galgo in future? Muslim and Chrisitan Kings kept Galgo Espanols. PS: Greyhounds are also, most of the time, super easy dogs to have–very calm, couch potato dogs. Deshalb sind sie für die Rennbahn nicht schnell genug. Unfortunately there is … According to Anna Clements, the co-founder and director of SOS Galgos … My current greyhound is also great with my podencos and my cats. Life threatening. It became better known in the Middle Ages, when it was mainly used to hunt hares and was known to be an excellent sighthound. Greyhounds are sprinters and can hit up to 45mph for very short spurts. When I tried to approach to help it I was stopped by a hunter who said it was dying and old. I know Greyhounds shed a lot of short hair and have a lot of dander on occasion. In ancient times the galgo was a prized possession, but currently they have become disposable “hunting tools”. I would like to express my gratitude to the many people within the Galgo and Greyhound communities for their support and help with this guide. Of course, a growing puppy has different nutritional needs from a mature or senior Greyhound. The colors include brindle, black, golden, toasted, cinnamon, yellow, red, white, white with patches, or any color as long as they have a white forehead and muzzle. I have to disagree with the information in #5 concerning greyhounds, but otherwise it was a well written piece. In contrast to the Greyhound, the Galgo does not have thick and round muscles portions at rear spar and back. Despite being called a “greyhound”, the Spanish Galgo is not closely related to the English/Irish Greyhound, the lineage of the two breeds being different. The Galgo can be traced back as far as the 10th Century, although information on this is quite scant. Galgo Espanol may grow 9 cm / 3 inches shorter than Greyhound. The ancient Spanish Galgo, or Galgo Español, is often confused with the Greyhound, it is also even often referred to as the Spanish Greyhound. Greyhounds are generally several centimeters taller, which makes the male Galgo about the size of an average female Greyhound. He won't do well in a household where there are screaming, noisy children and adults as he wants a quiet home to live in. I have 3 cats and a medium sized dog (some kind of shepherd mix, fine with the cats) – if I got a galgo as a puppy would it be possible to get them used to each other and have the galgo not attack my cats? This breed is ancient with their roots in perhaps the English greyhound and others in the sighthound family. Primarily used in the countryside of Spain for hunting hares, Galgos bear a resemblance to the Greyhound, though their conformation appears to be a little different than the latter. Cool overview, thanks for clearing up some questions we had about the differences. Both breeds are a very different type of athlete. Arrian claim to two types of dogs, the smooth and rough coated. The Spanish Greyhound is known as the Galgo Espanol in its native Spain. Feed 2 meals a day but don’t overfeed Give 4-5 cups total for the day. This is an ancient sighthound breed dating back a few thousands years. They are much like the greyhound in that they are laid back, calm, gentle and quiet, unless they are competing on the local track. These are the most great differences explained I have ever seen. Sometimes referred to as being hypoallergenic, you need to allow your Greyhound indoors as the dog doesn't have an undercoat. For free. Greyhounds have feet like cats, and Galgos have feet like hares. Obviously the Galgos looks a lot like the Greyhound, but in some very important ways they are very different. Galgos are used as hunting dogs and abused brutally when they do not perform to the standards of their masters. The origins of the Spanish galgo dog breed stretch back to ancient times. The American Sighthound Field Association presents lure coursing events that they are eligible for. 2. When outdoors, whether you live in the city or the country, he will need daily walks and a run in the park regularly. Galgos are used to hunt hares in the Spanish countryside. Ok, I will throw in one bonus difference. Galagos sound wonderful too! They have exceled at show competition in Europe but are not well known in the U.S. (Grey owner). The rough coat protects dogs that are in climates colder than the ones in Spain and also keeps them from injuring their skin while running. The tail is longer than a Greyhound’s tail and has a lateral hook at the end. (Oh, alright, it is too... but in name only.) Just because he is a sprinter, it isn't wise to take him with you with cycling or jogging as he is geared for a short burst of speed as opposed to a long run. The face is long, narrow and pointed, the ears short and half-erect-half-floppy with a long, thin, whip-like tail. Galgo Espanol may weigh 11 kg / 24 pounds lesser than Greyhound. The Greyhound belongs to a group of dogs known as sighthounds. I will see if I can rephrase or edit, but I did definitely not mean any harm and I am sorry you took it that way. I know the two diffrent breeds very well and can agree with most things you have written execpt for one the inteligence and memory of a greyhound is as impressive if not more so than that of a galgo and they don´t forget things as you have implied. from other dogs. Compare Greyhound and Spanish Greyhound and Treeing Walker Coonhound. The Spanish Greyhound are similar in appearance to Greyhounds, but are distinctly different in their conformation. The first, most obvious difference between a Galgo and a Greyhound is the size. They are much like the greyhound in that they are laid back, calm, gentle and quiet, unless they are competing on the local track. Historians believe the Celts acquired various sighthounds from Phoenician merchants and then the Moors conquered Spain in the 8 th century and brought African sighthounds. The investigation takes Yeray to the breeders, who use the dogs for hare coursing, and deep into the hunting world where galgos are mass bred in hopes of finding a champion. Yo Galgo is the journey of filmmaker Yeray Lopez, who sets out to investigate the plight of the galgo in Spain, after his own galgo helped him get through a heavy depression. Grey is more active, but what would care if you have just one dog?? Galgos are generally quite a bit smaller than Greyhounds. Galgo males range from 62-70 cm in height, females are around 60-68 cm. The Greyhound's coat is smooth and short and he sheds very little so he will only need a gentle brush-down once or twice a week. Required fields are marked *. But love to hear that both breeds are as laid back and love to sleep. They spend their lives in damp, tiny, dirty holes or windowless shacks deprived of daylight, exercise and affection. First came news that paperwork requirements had suddenly changed for the 12 Galgos—Spanish Greyhounds— about to travel overland to England to find homes. It was illegal to kill a Galgo and in 1081, the Mayor of Cartuario of Slonza left his Galgo in his will to Diego Citid.
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