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Andalusian Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Andalusian Hound so you can get to know the breed more.

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Andalusian Hound
OriginSpain
Other Names
What other names does the Andalusian Hound have? The dog breed also known as...
Andalusian Podenco, Podenco Andaluz, Podenco Andalusian, Podenco Maneto Andalusian
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Andalusian Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Andalusian Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Andalusian Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Andalusian Hound price:
$300-$500
If you choose to purchase the Andalusian Hound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Andalusian Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Andalusian Hound gets to a happy place.

Andalusian Hound History

The Andalusian Hound, or in its native name, the Podenco Andaluz finds its origins in Spain. The breed derives its name from the Andalusian region within the southern parts of Spain. The Andalusian Hound is considered to be closely related to other hound breeds originating from the Iberian Peninsula including the Portuguese Podengo, the Ibizan Hound, the Maneto, and the Podenco Canario.

Many recent gene studies were conducted in order to reveal the true ancestry of the Iberian Hound breeds. It was always widely believed that these types of dogs are very ancient, for the reason that there were many cave paintings and pottery representing similarly looking dogs. The DNA studies have confirmed that most of the hound breeds form the Iberian region, including the Andalusian Hound is descended from other European hound breeds, that were brought to Spain. Contrary to this study, many have thought that the breed is descended from the Pharaoh Hound or from the Cirneco dell’Etna, due to the remarkable similarities between the breeds, and due to the fact that these breeds have been existing in the Mediterranean area since ancient times. These advocates believed that the ancestors were brought to the Iberian Peninsula by Phoenician traders 3,000 years ago.

The Andalusian Hound’s development process is not clear, because of the breed’s long history. It is thought that the breed developed naturally from a bunch of European hound breeds, by mixing every one of them together until people were not aware of their extraordinary capabilities. Traditionally, the Andalusian Hound was used for hunting purposes, thanks to their heightened hearing, smell, sight, and their stamina. The Andalusian Hounds have the ability to endure for a long time in the hot and dry climatic conditions of the barren landscape to which they are native. Breeders always focused on enhancing the breed’s senses even more, and always aimed at perfecting them. The Andalusian Hounds are very well-esteemed and known for their method of hunting in packs. There are three different sizes that breed comes in. The small, medium, and the large, because of the different games they were hunting for. Originally, the smaller types were hunting for rabbits and hare, meanwhile, the larger specimens were hunting for wild boar, and occasionally for deer. The smaller and the larger specimens usually hunted in the same packs, however, they had different duties. The smaller dogs were searching and flushing the prey, while the bigger dogs were attacking it. During a hunt, one of the usual functions of the Andalusian Hound was that of the “quitaor” accompanying the Spanish Greyhound called, “colleras” during the hare hunt. The “quitaor” position’s job was to flush out hares and kill them, and then together with the Greyhounds, retrieve them for the hunters.

The Andalusian Hound always had been a loved family companion too. The smaller specimens were usually kept with the aim of killing rodents around the farms and the house, while the larger ones were being kept as watch and guard dogs. The breed is not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs yet, due to the undeniable resemblance to the Portuguese Podengo. However, the breed is was officially registered in 1990 within Spain, and a breed club was founded. The Andalusian Hound is a very popular breed in its home country nowadays too.

Andalusian Hound General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Andalusian Hound size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Andalusian Hound weigh? Andalusian Hound weight:
Small: 11-24 pounds (5-11 kg)Large: 46-73 pounds (20-33 kg), Medium: 22-40 pounds (10-18 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Andalusian Hound? Andalusian Hound average weight:
Small: 17.5 pounds (8 kg)Large: 59.5 pounds (26.5 kg), Medium: 31 pounds (14 kg)
Height
How tall is the Andalusian Hound? Andalusian Hound height:
Small: 12-17 inches (30-43 cm)Large: 20-25 inches (50-63 cm), Medium: 16-21 inches (40-53 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Andalusian Hound average height:
Small: 14.5 inches (36.5 cm)Large: 22.5 inches (56.5 cm), Medium: 18.5 inches (46.5 cm)

Andalusian Hound Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Andalusian Hound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
SmoothWiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Andalusian Hound's coat?
Golden
Grooming
How to groom the Andalusian Hound and how often?
Average: The Andalusian Hound requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Andalusian Hound, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Andalusian Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Andalusian Podenco? Andalusian Hound shedding level:
Andalusian Hounds are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Andalusian Hound Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Andalusian Hound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Excellent sightSmellHearingHunting
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Andalusian Hound? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Andalusian Hound's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Andalusian Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Andalusian Hounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Andalusian Hound is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Andalusian Hound sensitivity:
Andalusian Hounds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Andalusian Hounds are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Andalusian Podenco need? Andalusian Hound social needs:
Andalusian Hounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Andalusian Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Podenco Andaluz bark?
Average: The Andalusian Hound barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Andalusian Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Andalusian Hounds are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Andalusian Hounds will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Andalusian Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Andalusian Hounds strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Andalusian Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Andalusian Podenco? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Andalusian Hound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Andalusian Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Andalusian Hound do?
Andalusian Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Andalusian Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Andalusian Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Andalusian Hound roam?
Andalusian Hounds have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Andalusian Hound have high prey drive?
Andalusian Hounds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Andalusian Hounds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Andalusian Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Andalusian Hound kutyafajtát. Kertben érzi magát a legjobban, ha mégis lakásban szeretnéd tartani, akkor napi szinten hosszabb sétákkal alaposan le kell mozgatni, így a napi rutinok beiktatásával megoldható Andalusian Hound tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Andalusian Hounds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Andalusian Hound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Andalusian Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Andalusian Hound temperament with other people:
Andalusian Hounds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Andalusian Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Andalusian Hound temperament with children:
Andalusian Hounds are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Andalusian Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Andalusian Hounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Andalusian Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Andalusian Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Andalusian Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Andalusian Hounds good office dogs? Do Andalusian Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Andalusian Hounds be office dogs?
No
Andalusian Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Andalusian Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Andalusian Podenco temperament with senior people? Are Andalusian Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Andalusian Hounds are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Andalusian Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Andalusian Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Andalusian Hounds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Andalusian Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Andalusian Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Andalusian Hound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Andalusian Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Andalusian Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Andalusian Hound be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Andalusian Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Andalusian Hound be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Andalusian Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Andalusian Hound be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Andalusian Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Andalusian Hound be a boat dog?
Not really
Andalusian Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Andalusian Hound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Andalusian Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Andalusian Hound Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Andalusian Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Andalusian Hound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Andalusian Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Andalusian Hound be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Andalusian Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Andalusian Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Andalusian Hound have? What is the activity level of the Andalusian Hound?
Andalusian Hounds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Andalusian Hound dogs require per day?
Andalusian Hounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Andalusian Hounds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Andalusian Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Andalusian Hound risk for obesity:
Average. The Andalusian Hound has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Andalusian Hound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Andalusian Hound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Andalusian Hound drool?
The Andalusian Hound drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Andalusian Hound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Andalusian Hound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Andalusian Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Andalusian Hound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Andalusian Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Andalusian Hound Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Andalusian Hound's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Andalusian Hounds are easy to train.
  • Shedding Level: Andalusian Hounds are low shedders.
  • Watchdog Ability: Andalusian Hounds are good watchdogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Andalusian Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Andalusian Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Andalusian Hound kutyafajtát.
  • Drooling tendency: The Andalusian Hound drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Office Friendly: Andalusian Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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