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Features of the breed
History of Origin
The Spanish Scenthound is similar to the Celtic dogs and members of the St. Hubert breed. Another name for these four-legged dogs is Sabueso Español, and they are first mentioned in documents of the 13th century. Spanish Scenthounds were used in packs when hunting-the dogs were trendy during the Renaissance.
The population of the breed declined noticeably when Spain imposed a taboo on sled hunting. The breed began to revive in the twentieth century. The Spanish Scenthound standard was first published in 1982 and recognized by the International Canine Federation in 1957.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Spanish Scenthound is a sturdy, medium-sized dog. Representatives of the breed look elegant. The dog’s head is long with a large nose lobe. The lips of these four-legged dogs are thin. The eyes are dark brown or brown, small in size. The long, thin ears are low and drooping.
The body is elongated with a well-developed chest. The color of the Spanish Scenthound is mottled, can be red, red, or black. The tail is low-set, tapered toward the end. The breed is short-haired and has shiny hair. The dog is on sturdy legs of medium length.
The temperament of the Sabueso Español is calm. It is a balanced breed of dog. Four-legged dogs are brilliant and stubborn – this is reflected in their training. The Spanish Scenthound tends to make its own decisions. Sabueso Español quickly learns basic commands, but they are not designed for complex tasks.
The Spanish Scenthound is not aggressive towards other four-legged dogs. Representatives of the breed are very active and energetic. The pet is purposeful during the hunt and takes it as a game. Aggression to cats and other small animals because of the hunting instinct may occur.
Sabueso Español needs prolonged physical activity. The apartment is not the best condition for keeping this dog. You should get a Spanish Scenthound in a private house or cottage. It is necessary to spend a lot of time with representatives of this breed, walk it often, and load it intellectually.
A dog’s coat does not require any special care. It is enough to comb it once a week with a special brush and wipe loose hair with a damp towel. Sabueso Español’s ears should be cleaned regularly. Inspect the eyes and make sure they do not become sore. The Spanish Scenthound has strong claws; pay attention to their condition. Purchase special tough treats to take care of your dog’s mouth.
Representatives of this breed are not suitable for novice dog owners. The dog has a stubborn, independent character and needs a firm approach. Early socialization is necessary. Otherwise, the hunting instinct will make it difficult for him to get along with other animals.
Sabueso Español may ignore commands and do as he sees fit. Do not shout at your pet or raise your hand. The Spanish Scenthound needs a special approach; try to interest her. Try to train him in the form of a game and encourage his excitement. Do not forget to praise the four-legged dog for obedience and command execution. Strokes and treats motivate this breed to good behavior.
The Spanish Scenthound, like many ancient breeds, has good health and immunity. Possible problems are ear inflammation and eye disease. To prevent this, you need to monitor the dog’s hygiene. Pay attention to the musculoskeletal system’s condition; the problem with dysplasia of the joints is not excluded.
A balanced diet is a major component of good health for any four-legged hound. The Spanish Scenthound needs vitamins and micronutrients to support the immune system. Give your dogfish, meat, dairy and fermented foods, cereals, porridges, as well as fruits and vegetables. You can buy special vitamin complexes as an additional source of minerals. If you do not have time to prepare natural food, buy ready-made dry food.