Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Spanish Greyhound

(Galgo Español)

Spanish Greyhound


ORIGIN

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FCI
Spain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
26.05.1982.

UTILISATION

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FCI
A dog hunting the hare in fast pursuit in open fields, being directed by his sight. Formerly he has also been used and can hunt other game animals like rabbits, foxes, also boars; however the primordial utilization of the breed has been and is the hunt of the hare in open fields.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 10Sighthounds
Section 3Short-haired Sighthounds
Without working trial

UKC
Sighthound/Pariah

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Spanish greyhound is known since the antiquity by the Romans, even though we are led to suppose that his arrival and implantation in the Peninsula dates back long before that period. Descendant from ancient Asian greyhounds, he has adapted himself to our different terrain of steppes and plains. He was exported in large quantities to other countries like Ireland, England during the XVIth, XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. Our Spanish greyhound is one of the ancestors of the English greyhound which presents with the Spanish greyhound (galgo) the similarities true to the breed which have served as a base in its selection and subsequent acclimatization. Among the numerous citations by the classical authors, one should select that of the archpriest of Hita who says « Hare which goes is soon caught in a chase by the greyhound... », thus proving the principal and ancestral function of the breed.
UKC
The Spanish Greyhound is descended from the ancient Asian greyhounds, and is an ancestor of the English greyhound. Historically used to hunt hare, he was also sometimes used on fox and boar. The Spanish Greyhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Greyhound of good size, eumetric-subconvex, sub-long line and dolichocephalic. Compact bone structure, head long and narrow (dolichocephalic), ample thoracic capacity, belly very tucked up, very long tail. Hindquarters vertical and muscled. Hair fine and short or semi-long and hard.
UKC
The Spanish Greyhound is a good sized, short coated sighthound with compact bone structure and a long, narrow head. Correct proportion and harmony of structure are very important when both standing and moving.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Sub-longuish line structure; length slightly more than the height. Proportions and functional harmony is to be sought after as much in static position as in movement.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Serious temperament and reserved in occasion, however when out hunting, proves to be an energetic and lively hunter.
UKC
Serious and reserved, yet energetic and lively when hunting.

HEAD

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FCI
In proportion with the rest of the body, long, lean and fleshless. The ratio skull-muzzle is 5/6 length of the skull 5, length of the muzzle 6. Cranial-facial lines are divergent. Seen from above, the ensemble skull-muzzle must be very long and even (without bulges); with a long and narrow muzzle.
UKC
Long, lean and fleshless, with a smooth juncture between skull and muzzle when viewed from above. Seen from the side, the muzzle is slightly longer than the skull and the top lines of the skull and muzzle are divergent.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Of reduced width and sub-convex profile, longer than wide. The skull has a median furrow well marked on its first two thirds; the frontal sinus and the occipital crest are simply indicated.
UKC
Longer than it is wide, with a well marked median furrow but no prominence of eyebrow or occiput. The stop is a gentle slope.

Stop

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In gentle slope, only very slightly accentuated.

FACIAL REGION

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Palate: Of the colour of the mucous membranes with strongly marked ridges.

Nose

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Small, moist with black mucous membrane.
UKC
Small, moist and black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Long, of sub-convex profile, with a narrow, slightly arched nasal bridge towards the nose.
UKC
Long and narrow with a slight arch to the nasal bone close to the nose. The lips are very lean, fine and tight, and dark in color.

Lips

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Very lean. The upper lip just covers the lower lip. The lower lip does not show a marked corner of the lips. Fine, tight, with dark mucous membranes.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Teeth strong, white and sound. Scissor bite. Canines very developed. All premolars present.
UKC
The Spanish Greyhound has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Small, oblique, almond shaped; preferably dark, of hazel colour. Calm expression, soft and reserved.
Eyelids: Fine skin and dark mucous membrane. Fitting very closely on the eye.
UKC
The eyes are small, almond shaped and obliquely set. They are preferably dark hazel in color, with very close eye rims that are dark in color. The expression is calm, soft and reserved.

Ears

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FCI
Broad at the base, triangular, fleshy in their first third part and finer and thinner towards the tip which will be rounded. Set-on high.
When the dog is attentive, they are semi-pricked in their first third with the tips folded, in lateral direction. At rest, they are in « rose type »; close to the skull. When pulled forward they reach very close to the corner of the lips.
UKC
The high set ears are broad at the base, fleshy close to the skull, and then finer and thinner towards their rounded tips. They are carried in rose fashion, semi-prick when alert, and folded back into the neck at rest. When pulled forward, the ears should reach close to the corner of the mouth.

NECK

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FCI
Long, oval in cross-section, flat, slim, strong and supple. Narrow in its cranial part, widening slightly towards the trunk. Upper profile slightly concave. Lower line almost straight with a slight central convexity.
UKC
Long, slim, strong and supple, narrow behind the skull and widening slightly towards the withers. The upper profile of the neck is slightly concave.

BODY

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FCI
Rectangular, strong and supple, giving a look of robustness, agility and endurance. Thoracic cage amply developed; belly well drawn up.
UKC
The body is rectangular, strong and supple, giving the dog a look of agility and endurance. The back is straight, long and well defined, with a slight concavity that leads into a slight convexity over the loin, but the lines should be clean, smooth and unbroken, giving the impression of great elasticity. The chest is powerful and fairly deep, but not broad. It does not reach to the elbow. The point of the sternum is marked. The ribs are flat and widely spaced. They must be very visible. The loin is strong, not very broad, and arched. The center of the loin may be higher than the withers. The croup is long and slanting, at an angle of greater than 45 degrees off the horizontal.

Topline

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Dorsal-lumbar line: With a slight concavity of the back and a convexity of the loin. Without abrupt breaks and without oscillation when moving, giving the impression of great elasticity.

Withers

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Slightly marked.

Back

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Straight, long and well defined.

Loin

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Long, strong; not very broad and with an arched upper line; with a compact and long musculature, giving an impression of elasticity and vigour. The height of the loin in its central part may exceed the height at the withers.

Croup

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Long, powerful and slanting. Its slope to the horizontal exceeds 45°.

Chest

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Powerful though not very broad; deep, without reaching the elbow and very long in its extension up to the floating ribs. Point of sternum marked.
Ribs: Ribs flat with wide intercostal spaces. The ribs must be really visible and marked. The thoracic perimeter is slightly superior to the height at the withers.

Underline and belly

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Belly abruptly tucked up behind the sternum; whippety. Flanks short, lean and well developed.

TAIL

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Strong at its root and low set, lengthens between the legs remaining in contact with them. Tapering progressively ending in a very fine point. It is supple and very long; reaching well beyond the hock. At rest, falls in a sickle with a pronounced hook at the end and inclined laterally. Brought back between the legs with a terminal hook almost touching the ground in front of the hindlegs, it realises one of the most typical aspects of the breed.
UKC
Long, low set, strong at the root, and tapering to a fine point at the tip. At rest, it falls in a sickle, with a hook at the end. The long tail, which falls between the legs with its hook nearly touching the ground in front of the rear legs, is a typical characteristic of the breed.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Perfectly vertical limbs, fine, straight and parallel. Metacarpus short and fine. Harefeet.
UKC
The shoulder blade is lean, short and oblique, noticeably shorter than the upper arm. The upper arm is very muscular, leaving the elbows free yet fairly close to the body. The angle of the scapula/humerus is about 110 degrees.

Shoulder

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Lean, short and oblique. The shoulder blade must be noticeably shorter than the upper arm. Angle scapular-humeral 110°.

Upper Arm

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Long, longer than the shoulder blade, very muscular, with elbows free although quite close to the body. Angle humeral-radial 130°.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Long, perfectly straight and parallel, with well defined bones and marked tendons. The pasterns are fine, short and slightly sloping.

Forearm

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Very long, straight and parallel; well defined bones with well marked tendons. Carpal pads very developed.

Pastern

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Slightly oblique, fine and short.

FEET

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Hare feet, with long, tight toes and hard pads.

Forefeet

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Harefeet. Toes tight and arched. Phalanges strong and long. Pads hard and well developed. Interdigital membrane moderately developed, nails well developed.

Hind feet

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Harefeet the same as the front feet.

HINDQUARTERS

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Powerful, well defined bone structure, muscled with long and well developed muscles. Perfectly straight and vertical with correct angles. Hocks well marked, short and vertical; harefeet with toes arched. The hindquarters give the impression of power and agility in the impulsion.
UKC
The hindquarters are very powerful, with well defined bone structure and long, well developed muscles. The angle of the pelvis and femur is approximately 110 degrees.

Thigh

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Very strong, long, muscled and toned. The upper thigh as much as possible nearing the vertical. Seen from behind, they will show, at first glance, a very marked musculature. Broad, flattened and powerful, its length is of 3/4 that of the lower thigh. Angle coxal-femoral 110°.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper thigh is strong and nearly vertical. The angle at the stifle is about 130 degrees. The lower thigh is very long, with fine bones and visible veins and tendons. The hock joint is well marked with a clearly visible Achilles tendon. The rear pastern is short, fine and vertical.

Lower thigh

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Very long with well defined and fine bones. Muscled in its upper part; less so in its lower region; with veins and tendons clearly visible. Angle femoral-tibial 130°.

Hock joint

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Well marked with the Achilles tendon clearly visible, which should be well developed. Angle of hock in excess of 140°.

Rear pastern

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Fine, short and vertical.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
By nature, the typical gait is the gallop. The trot must be extended, low over the ground, elastic and powerful. No tendency to crabbing nor ambling.
UKC
The trot is extended and low, elastic and powerful, with no tendency to crab or amble.

SKIN

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Closely fitting onto the body on all its parts, solid and supple, pink in colour. The mucous membranes must be dark.

COAT

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HAIR

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Dense, very fine, short, smooth; spread all over the body down to the interdigital spaces. Slightly longer at the back of the thighs. The variety of semi-long hard-haired shows a greater hardness and length of hair which can be variable; although always evenly spread onto the whole body, it tends to form a beard and moustaches at the muzzle, eyebrows and top knot on the head.
UKC
Dense, very fine, short and smooth, with some longer fringe on the rear of the buttocks. A second variety has semi-long, hard hair, the length of which can be variable, although it is always evenly spread on the body; it tends to form a beard and mustache on the face and eyebrows and a topknot on the head.

COLOUR

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FCI

All colours are admitted. The following colours are considered as the most typical, in order of preference
  • Fawn and more or less dark brindles, well pigmented.
  • Black.
  • Flecked with black, dark and light.
  • Burned chestnut.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Yellow.
  • Red.
  • White.
  • With white markings and pied.
UKC
All colors are permitted, though these are the most typical, in order of preference: Fawn and well pigmented brindle Black Flecked with black, dark and light. Burned chestnut Cinnamon Yellow Red White With white markings and pied.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI

Males from 62 to 70 cm.
Females from 60 to 68 cm.
A margin of 2 cm more is admitted in subjects of perfect proportions.
UKC
The ideal height for males is from 24.5 to 27.5 inches. For females, it is from 23.5 to 26.5 inches. There is a tolerance of ¾ (three-quarters) of an inch in otherwise excellent specimens.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

MINOR FAULTS

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  • Head a little broad with only little chiselling.
  • Straight profile of muzzle. Pointed muzzle.
  • Parietal bones pronounced.
  • Absence of any premolar.
  • Pincer bite.
  • Tail a bit short, going not much beyond the hock.
  • Scars, wounds and scratches in hunting season.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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  • Voluminous head.
  • Skull of excessive width together with pointed muzzle.
  • Stop very marked.
  • Cranial-facial axes parallel.
  • Lips and dewlap marked.
  • Moderately overshot mouth.
  • Absence of canines, not due to accidents.
  • Eyes light, round, protruding or prominent.
  • Ectropion, entropion.
  • Ears short, pricked or small.
  • Short and round neck.
  • Dorsal-lumbar line like a saddle back.
  • Height at the loin less than the height at the withers.
  • Short croup, round or only slightly oblique.
  • Insufficient thoracic perimeter.
  • Barrel-shaped ribs.
  • Short flanks.
  • Musculature very protruding, round and not enough elongated.
  • Limbs not straight and perpendicular, splayed toes, cow-hocked.
  • Weak pads.
  • Tail and ears amputated.
  • Outlines of coarse appearance, heavy or without suppleness.
  • Unbalanced character (temperament).
UKC

Eyes: Light, round, protruding or prominent eyes. Entropion or ectropion.
Ears: Cropped ears. Pricked ears.
Body: A topline that is broad and flat, with no curves. Chest let down well below the elbow. A sloping topline, with the top of the loin lower than the withers.
Tail: Docked tail.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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  • Aggresive or overly shy
  • Lack of type.
  • Split nose.
  • Distinctly overshot mouth or undershot mouth.
  • Topline very broad, flat and straight.
  • Chest let down well below the elbow.
  • Any other typical characteristic which would recall or indicate a cross-breed.
  • Albinism.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Distinctly overshot or undershot.
Teeth: Distinctly overshot or undershot.


Anatomical Features of the dog

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Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.