HISTORY OF THE GALGO
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
owns the magnificent painting "The hunter"
by Adriaen Cornelisz Beeldenmaeker (1618 - 1709) the depicted sight
hounds are clearly Galgos. If however a Brit is shown the same canvas
he would immediately say: "Those are Greyhounds!"
Dog races have spread wide in Spain and even in Northern Africa, many
'Cynodromes' were built. In Spain people started focusing on breeding
fast dogs, for which purpose the Galgo was crossed with the Greyhound.
This objective was achieved and with it the essence of the Galgo was
nearly lost. Crossbreeding of Galgos and Greyhounds became such commonplace
late 1900's that of the original Galgos only a faint memory remained.
When the Galgo is on the brink of extinction someone in Spain loves
the Galgo so much that he moves heaven and earth to revive the species.
Just like other sight hounds the Galgo has an aristocratic appearance.
On average the shoulder height for a male is 65 cm/26 inch and for a
bitch 60 cm/24 inch. It's very built suggests power and speed, coupled
with endurance, agility and maneuverability. Inside the home the Galgo
is very docile, provided that we give him ample opportunity to disperse
his colossal amount of energy by allowing him to run in wide open spaces.
Even at rest he remains attentive to every event which occurs in his
surroundings.He is a gentle friend to children in the household but
keep in mind that an animal is never to be considered as a toy! He will
only recognize the one that understands and appreciate him and that
he feels that loves him. As such it is definitely no chain dog. He only
feels happy when he is in the company of his master.