OF ORIGIN: Spain.
SKILLS: Hunting of small
game by sight and family pet
SIZE: The shoulder-height is 65-70cm (25 1/2-27 1/2in) for dogs and
60-68cm (23 1/2-26 3/4in) for bitches.
COAT: This breed has both a short and rough-haired version. The majority of dogs are black, sandy, white, red, brown, yellow,
or a roan.
REQUIRED: Little grooming is required. In common with other dogs, the ears should be checked regularly and
the claws kept short.
CHARACTER: These are intelligent, curious, and affectionate dogs which are
kind to children and very loyal to their handler and family. If necessary they will protect their family.
TRAINING: With a very consistent approach and much patience and insight,
these relatively untamed
dogs can be basically trained in the basics. Direct the dog's natural character in the desired direction but do
not try to create a perfectly responsive machine because this is the wrong
dog for that. It is extremely
important that the young dog becomes acquainted with a variety of people
dogs will rarely cause any problems with children because they are still
close to nature and instinctively know that small persons need care. They
like to play with other dogs and enjoy showing off their speed. They are not, however, a good ideal choice of dog if you have cats
or other small animals because they have strong hunting instincts which
make them chase anything which suddenly moves and they cannot resist that
EXERCISE: If these dogs have the freedom of a fair-sized piece of ground
which is well fenced in, an outing twice a week with the bicycle for a
chance of background will be sufficient. If not, they will need a considerable amount of more formal
exercise. If this is not
available the dog is likely to become very frustrated and to make this