Spanish Greyhound

Other names: Galgo Greyhound, Spanish Galgo, Spanish Greyhound

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The Spanish Greyhound is a dog with a slightly elongated body (sublongilinear structure), a compact frame and a harmonious construction. The gait of the Spanish Greyhound is characterized by a long, powerful and supple trot, as well as by a gallop typical of the greyhound family.



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Hair type Short
Origin Spain
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 25 kg From 60 cm to 68 cm
Male From 25 kg to 30 kg From 62 cm to 71 cm
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History of the breed

The Spanish Greyhound descends from ancient Asian greyhounds and would probably have been brought to the Iberian Peninsula during Antiquity by the Romans. He himself is one of the ancestors of the Greyhound . The race of Spanish Greyhound was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on August 10, 1971. Its official FCI standard in force was published on May 26, 1982.

Spanish Greyhound Pictures

Photo of RUBIS, Spanish GreyhoundPhoto of Señor, Spanish GreyhoundPhoto of Éole, Spanish GreyhoundPhoto of Mikell, Spanish GreyhoundPhoto of bibiche, Spanish GreyhoundPhoto of Sherpa, Spanish Greyhound

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Physical features

His hair: thin, tight, soft, short, slightly longer at the back of the thighs. It can also be hard and mid-length, forming a beard, mustache, eyebrows and a toupee.
Its color: all colors and shades are allowed, with a preference for fawn and brindle and black in particular.
His head: elongated, lean and of reduced width. Presence of well marked median groove on the first 2 thirds of the skull. The stop is only very slightly accentuated, characterized by a gentle slope. The nose is small and moist, the muzzle long and subconvex in shape, the muzzle curved towards the nose and narrow, the lips very dry, thin and tense, the jaws strong and articulated like scissors.
Its ears: set high, wide and thick at their attachment, triangular in shape, tapering towards their extremity, ending in rounded tips. Applied against the head when the dog is at rest, semi erect when it is in action.
His eyes: small, almond-shaped, obliquely arranged, hazelnut color, ideally dark, displaying an expression full of calm and gentleness.
His body: writable in a rectangle, built both strongly and flexibly to allow the dog to be enduring and agile. The neck is long and flattened, the withers little marked, the back straight and long, the loins long and strong, the croup long and powerful, the chest and the rib cage well developed, the ribs flat and clearly visible, the belly raised afterwards. breastbone and greyhound.
Its tail: very long, set rather low, thick at its base and tapering towards its pointed end, often brought back between the hind legs.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Spanish Greyhound   is an easy-to-manage and easy-going dog due to his balanced and gentle temperament . Very attached to his master and his family , he is much more reserved towards strangers, but he is neither aggressive nor predisposed to stand guard. The Spanish Greyhound’s favorite area remains hare hunting , an activity in which it shows a lot of liveliness and energy .

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The Spanish Greyhound likes to please his master as much as he likes to learn. A particularly sensitive dog , he cannot stand brutality in any form. By using patience , gentleness and a little firmness in his education, we easily manage to make him an excellent life companion and hunting partner .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Although calm, discreet and clean inside, the Spanish Greyhound is not made to live in an apartment . He prefers the space provided by a large fenced garden.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Spanish Greyhound   is a generally rustic and resistant dog. He enjoys fairly solid health and does not fear much in this regard, with the exception of difficult climatic conditions (cold, high heat, humidity …). There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Occasional concerns
Gastric torsion
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends insurance for Spanish Greyhound dogs .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Spanish Greyhound is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Spanish Greyhound is a very easy to maintain dog. However, if it requires minimal care, it must be provided on a regular basis so that the dog is healthy and looking its best.

The Spanish Greyhound   only needs weekly brushing and occasional baths if it has gotten really badly dirty. The condition of his skin, his hair, the inside of his ears, his eyes and his paws should be systematically examined after outings.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. If they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

650 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Spanish Greyhound is between 650 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost

400 €
600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Spanish Greyhound is between € 400 and € 600.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Like all greyhounds, the Spanish Greyhound is built for racing . He must be able to run freely as frequently as possible . Long daily outings are recommended, with the possibility of riding off a leash in places where it is permitted


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 10: Greyhounds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1971


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