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Sabueso Espanol – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Giant
Weight: 44 to 55 pounds
Height: 19 to 22 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Sabueso Espanol, Dog Breed Guide


The Sabueso Espanol dog breed has many uses in its native Spain. These dogs are often used in wild boar hunting in Northern Spain. In Southern Spain, the Sabueso are primarily hunters of hares. They were first used as hunting dogs by hunters that are called Ballesteros; these are huntsmen that use crossbows.

Official Name

Sabueso Espanol


Date – Middle Ages
Country – Spain
Family / Group – Scent Hounds, Hounds

Recognized By:
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
United Kennel Club


Sabueso Espanol is considered to be a very old hound breed that hunts prey by tracking their scent. Their origin is quite unclear, what is clear is that these dogs were already in existence even before the Middle Ages. They have various hunting roles in Spain. In Northern Spain, these dogs are used as large game hunters. In the South, they are treated as hare hounds. This versatility on being excellent hunters of the small and large game made them popular with the Spanish constabulary and members of the aristocracy.


Sabueso Espanol is even-tempered hunting dogs that are active and very intense when out on the field. Like most scent hounds, they can be a bit stubborn and this makes them pretty difficult to train. They are also versatile hunters, excelling in hunting both large and small game. They are not a good family pet.

Bred For

Sabueso Espanols were bred to be versatile hunting dogs that can hunt small and large game with equal efficiency.


These dogs are not good family pets. They are not dogs’ suitable for living in the city or apartments. These dogs prefer rural areas and with ample space for them to move about.


The Sabueso Espanol does not require special grooming attention.


Sabueso Espanols can be a bit stubborn and will lose focus, making them difficult to train.


This breed is known to have hearing problems and prone to develop hip dysplasia.


The Sabueso Espanol requires special attention when it comes to their exercise needs. These are dogs with high activity levels and should be taken out for walks or jogging every day. These dogs will love outdoor hunting trips.