Spanish hound: characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance


  • Country of origin: Spain
  • The size:
  • Age:
    11–13 years old
  • Growth:
    large spanish hound: 49-56 cm
    small spanish hound: up to 51 cm
  • The weight:
    large spanish hound: 23-25 ​​cm
    small spanish hound: about 20 kg
  • FCI breed group:
    Hounds and related breeds
  • Brief information

  • Not friendly;
  • May have problems with other dogs;
  • Excellent hunters.
  • Origin story

    The Spanish hound is one of the most ancient breeds that have survived to this day almost in its original form, but the history of its origin is shrouded in great mystery. Scientists still could not even approximately find out how she got on the Iberian peninsula.

    There are many different versions, according to one of which her ancestors were the hounds of St. Hubert, who gave rise to most varieties of Spanish hounds.

    Starting from the XIV century, hounds began to be used for hunting in packs, but after the introduction of a ban on this type of hunting, the popularity of this breed declined sharply, now it has survived only on the Iberian Peninsula.

    FCI breed standard approved in 1982.

    Spanish hound: characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance


    Animal of rectangular format, taut, elegant. The dog has a long head and muzzle, the back of the nose is slightly convex.

    The eyes are of medium size, brown, the ears are thin, long.

    Body with developed muscles, powerful, elongated, strong paws. The tail is thick. Wool is hard, short.

    The standard color of a large Spanish hound is white with red or black large spots.

    The color of the small may be different, it may be red or black, except for the neck, muzzle, sternum and lower legs.


    The dog is distinguished by an independent, stubborn, temperamental character. This is not an affectionate pet that tends to show warm feelings! However, she is faithful, responsive and devoted to her master, ready to stand up for him at a dangerous moment.

    While walking, she can easily give in to her hunting instincts. Care must be taken not to harm small pets: they may be perceived as legitimate and easy prey.

    Much attention needs to be paid to the upbringing of the animal. It lends itself only to competent, persistent, strict training, otherwise, if the owner shows even a slight weakness, it gets out of control and stops obeying.

    The dog is distinguished by the fact that it hunts quite independently, of course, under the guidance of the owner. She is tireless and ready to pursue prey small game, hares and rabbits to the bitter end.

    A feature of the Spanish Hound is that it has a very good sense of smell, so it can work as a rescuer at a disaster site, and also be a bloodhound in the police.

    Does not lose high performance even in difficult conditions (for example, in very hot weather), quickly adapts to new terrain.


    These dogs are distinguished by good health, Spanish hounds do not require any special care it is enough to brush their hair regularly and check their ears and claws.


    Dogs are active, very energetic, need to constantly maintain a high level of physical activity. They need a lot of space to move around, so they do best outdoors. The ideal place for their maintenance is a country house. Being in an apartment, they are not adapted in a confined space, they experience a great sense of discomfort, which can lead to deviant behavior.


    In our country, the Spanish messenger is practically not widespread, you need to look for a puppy in the homeland of the breed, the cost of delivery will be added to the price.

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