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Where does The Galgo come from?

There are several theories about how galgos arrived to the Iberian Peninsula. The most widespread theory has the Celtic tribes as protagonists; they brought the a type of sighthound from northern Europe around 500 BC. But this predecessor was not the same dog we know today. Once on the peninsula the sighthound was mixed with other dogs in a selection that would increase its strength and endurance, enabling it to pursue what, from then on, would be their main prey, the hare. The Celts were also the ones who introduced the sighthound in England, giving rise to varieties like the greyhound, the deerhound or the Irish Wolfhound.

Later on, with the Arabs in the peninsula between 800 and 1400 AC, the old galgo was mixed with a dog from the Berber desert called the Saluki, it was at this point the Spanish Galgo got its final form. But today the Spanish galgo as such, from the point of view of the purity of the race, has almost disappeared due to the mixing with the English Greyhound for speed, a mixture that started in the 1930-1940 and still continues today.

The sighthound family is large and consists of 13 races who share physical and aesthetic characteristics, such as broad chest, speed and good sight.


Here there are some interesting facts about galgos:

  • They can reach 70 km/h. When galgos run 75% of the time they are in the air.
  • They are universal donors; they have more platelets than other dogs (which makes them heal very fast) and have a larger number of red blood cells to carry more oxygen to their muscles.
  • Galgos do not metabolize drugs well, especially anesthesia, so make sure your veterinarian knows about this. It can be dangerous.
  • They have the highest body temperature of all dogs.
  • Its tail acts as a rudder, like the cheetah's. The galgo has a range of vision of 270 degrees, allowing it to see what is behind them.
  • The galgo is usually a very healthy dog race.
  • The galgos heart is huge and is able to profess tons of love.
  • Some galgos can sleep with their eyes open.
  • Galgos can have up to 12-14 pups. This is because the fetus can be housed in the fallopian tubes and not only in the womb.
  • There are galgos with short hair, but there are also galgos with long and rough hair.
  • Like many hunting dogs galgos do their best to save energy, which is why they are can easily sleep 15 hours a day.
  • The galgo appears in the first sentence of Don Quixote of La Mancha, 11 times in Shakespeare's plays, it's the only dog ??mentioned in the Bible and is engraved on the pyramids of Egypt.
  • In the past not everyone could have a galgo, only nobles could afford such luxury, and killing a galgo was punished the same way as killing a human being.


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