Over the years I have been fortunate enough to get in touch with fantastic dog breeds in different countries. Because of my experience of being on the road, with them, I would like to give you an insight of how I experienced a particular breed, hence this article.
I hope therefore to give you more information about a certain dog breed and what you have to pay attention to, fully focused on building a good relationship, between you and your animal.
The first dog breed I came in contact with was the Galgo Espagnol. This was through volunteer work for greyhounds in nood.
A while back, I worked in a Spanish shelter where there were several Galgos and Greyhounds, about 600 dogs in total.
Most dogs were neglected and abused. Organizations such as greyhounds in nood are taking care of these animals by giving them a better existence through adoption.
Galgos and Greyhounds are having a hard time for some period now; they are used for hunting and dog racing. After about 2 to 2.5 years they lose speed and are considered unusable. As a result, many of them are getting neglected or even worse: abused, resulting in death.
As I mentioned in the shelter were not only Galgos but also Greyhounds taking care off. The difference between the Galgo and Greyhound is that the Greyhound is slightly larger and also faster, it reaches a speed up to 43 mph (70 km / h) and is, therefore, the fastest dog on the planet. The Saluki and the Vizla are at near two and three.
The Galgo reaches a speed up to 31 mph (50 km / h) and is more agile, for that reason, the Greyhound is more suitable for the race and the Galgo perfect for hunting.
The Galgo has a shoulder height between 23.6-27.5 inch (60 and 70 cm). This breed has a very high hunting instinct and most of the time; this will be activated when he sees things that are smaller than himself.
The Galgo is a strong and flexible dog, perfect to live on a farm, but can also be kept in the city with a family.
I have experienced the Galgo as a very sensitive dog, which is certainly not afraid but distant in the beginning. It is a very soft, warm dog that once you have won his trust no longer deviates from your side. He cannot be brought up by a hard hand, but better with positive reinforcement. The Galgo Espanol has a strong character but will not react well to hard commands.
Galgos sleep a lot (up to 16 hours a day) and love to cuddle up with another animal or the owner. These dogs do not have to run many hours per day, like the Great Dane, they are rather lazier than tired, Galgos are couch potatoes. :)
The breed is dog and child-friendly and has a unique bark, not like other dogs; it is more weeping than barking.
Be prepared, when you go walking with this fast dog. They can travel long distances in a very short time. Keep your animal on a leash if you are not sure, especially near highways.
As I mentioned before, they are focused on the small game and small animals, so keep that in mind when you go hiking. If you keep them on a leash, the shape of their heads can let them slip out of their collar fast, when they suddenly want to run.
That's why I recommend using a harness for this breed. When I went on a hike with several Galgos, I noticed that it went very smoothly. The animals rarely pull, but due to their instinct, it is recommended to attach them with both a collar and a harness, just to make sure.
Walking off leash with a Galgo will depend on what kind of relationship you have with your dog and where you want to do this. It is more advisable to do this in a dog park or fenced field than a forest where there is a lot of games. It is not the dog's fault that it will run after rabbits, it is more of a characteristic of the breed itself.
Training; the Galgo will react well at clicker training, so you can reward the dog with a click first and then give him a treat. If the dog is frightened by the click, say a Yes or Good or something with a lot of praise. That way it will put less pressure on the Galgo, especially a Galgo that has been adopted must first get used to their new environment and their new family members. Give your dog that time.
Also, pay attention to cats and smaller dogs in the family. It is not excluded to let them live together, but never leave them alone and work with clicker training and a muzzle, in the beginning to see how the dog responds.
So are you looking for a quiet, sensitive dog, that is also strong, flexible and certainly does not follow slavish hard commands, but is intelligent? Then this is the dog for you. You will not regret this!