Spanish Greyhound similar breeds

Quick breed overview

Spanish Greyhound is an ancient dog breed believed to have originated about 2500 years ago. It’s an extremely fast hunting dog with a royal background, but these days it’s a popular breed for racing and lure coursing. Like all greyhounds they need a lot of exercise and activity to stay happy. Spanish Greyhounds come in two types of coats: smooth and wire.

Origin: Flag of SpainSpain

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Spanish Greyhound - More information

Breed groups

  • FCI section: 10.3 Short-haired Sighthounds

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  • Original name: Galgo EspaƱol

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Purpose & Origin

The Spanish Greyhound is a fast running sighthound originally intended for hunting rabbits and foxes in the rugged mountainous regions of Spain. The breed is about 2500 years old.

They have two types of coats: smooth-haired and wire-haired. The Spanish Greyhound has a lightly built appearance. It is very noble, elegant and streamlined.

In addition to the typical hobbies (dog shows, coursing and racing), Spanish Greyhounds can be used for a wide range of other dog sports, including agility and obedience trials.

Temperament & Behaviour

Spanish Greyhounds are very attached to their owners and are easy to handle. When they see prey, they will give chase, but otherwise they stay close to their owners.

The Spanish Greyhound needs plenty of activity and free running over varied terrain. When they get enough exercise they are calm indoors and will happily rest “greyhound style” – on the softest spot in the house.

They love attention, cuddles and petting and will give back love with generous jumping, licking and nudging. Spanish Greyhounds can be wary of strangers.


The characteristics and structure of the Spanish Greyhound have remained more or less the same for thousands of years and it is a very healthy breed in all respects.

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