History of the Galgo
The Galgo is one of the first dogs domesticated by man. Elegant and majestic, the dogs you see today have changed very little compared to the ones that decorate the walls of the ancient tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs.
The race spread throughout Africa and Asia and first appeared in England with the arrival of the Celts, around the 5th century BC. The incredible speed of the greyhound and its ability to hunt made it a symbol of social status.
A noble race
It was such a valuable animal that the punishment for a person who killed a greyhound was the same as that for the murder of a person. There was even a medieval law that prohibited peasants from having one.
After several centuries enjoying the privileged position of being considered the king of the races, the last century has seen the role of Galgos deteriorate in a drastic way.
The Galgos racing
The incredible speed of the greyhound (it is the 18th fastest land mammal) has created a lucrative industry based on bets on the result of organized races.
Throughout the year there are greyhounds that retire. Most of them are sacrificed when they are no longer profitable. A small percentage go to other countries where they are adopted as pets.
Galgos in adoption
Ex-runner greyhounds are accustomed to a life in a cage and easily adapt to the routine of a family. Only this fact shows that you do not need a lot of free time or much ground to walk them. They are more than happy with two or three short walks a day.
Galgos are generally docile, sweet and patient creatures. They greatly value human affection, probably because of their lonely past. They eat the same amount and type of food as dogs of their size and require the same veterinary attention as other breeds.