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Breeds

Breed Name: Spanish Hound


History

The Spanish Hound originated in the 14th century in the Iberian Peninsula. It is not written in history the exact bloodlines of Spanish Hounds or other Hounds that created this wonderful breed, however it is known by many around the world that the Spanish Hound is an excellent natural hunter that was typically used for only Brown Bear and Boar hunting. In later years, owners discovered how magnificent this breeds scent tracking and hunting was, and they ended up being used for all kinds of group hunts for many types of large and small wild animals. This breed is known for their unique, loud and deep howl that is unlike any other Hound type.

Appearance

Taking on the typical characteristics of most hounds, the Spanish Hound is long and low to the ground. With a large, oval shaped skull and retangular muzzle, you are sure to be staring in the droopy eyes of an adorable face. Two extremely long, oval shaped ears hang alongside of their face. This breed is built strong, lean and with muscle to widthstand whatever they are hunting. Their skin is tight to their body, and their coat is a single layer that should always demonstrate a natural high shine and their coat color is available in a base color of white with red, black or brown large markings. These colors do vary in shades. Both males and females measure 19-22 inches in height and weigh 44-55 pounds in weight. Their tail is lean, long and should be positioned out and away from their body, while being slightly curved upwards.

Temperament

This breed is known for their unforgettable loud, deep howl that can last for miniutes. This breed requires a firm, persistent and confident owner who only uses positive reinfrocement training methods. Unlike other breeds, the Spanish Hound cannot just live amongst families inside for most of the day. This breed requires alot of phyiscal and mental acitivity and needs to have a job and scent to work with in order to remain a healthy and happy pup. This breed is very loving and affectionate, good with children of all ages and elderly as long as raised along side of them, however not reccomended with non-canine pets due to their natural prey drive. This breed requires an owner who is able to have a properly fenced in yard to keep him or her safe at all times while outdoors with many tempting scents. An excellent breed for any avid hunting family who can properly train and use the Spanish Hound to their full advantage while in the fields. This breed needs a long daily walk as well as other outdoor activity as they have a lot of endurance and need to be tired to relax inside at night. Without enough mental and physical activity, this breed will let you know with anxiety caused howling and scratching inside your home.

Grooming

Daily brushing and bathing when needed. This breed does shed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Spanish Hound prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to make a life long commitment to your new addition. Do not add this breed to your family unless you are able to provide the proper training, care and requirements of this breed. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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