Dogs in Spanish

dog in spanish

Last updated on December 10th, 2019 at 03:20 am

Hey friends, On this day there are many different dog breeds are available in the worlds, but in this article, we discuss some of the dog breeds in Spanish. 

Spain was the original birthplace of many wonderful dog breeds, In this article, we discuss dog breed into four general categories like Large dogs, hunting dogs, Terriers and herding dogs. There are three officially recognized dog breeds that originate in Spain.

Here is a list of the popular dogs in Spanish

  • Ibizan hound
  • Catalan Sheepdog
  • Pyrenean Shepherd
  • Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz
  • The Galgo
  • Perro de Presa Canario 
  • Bichon Frise
  • The Great Pyrenees
  • The Spanish Mastiff
  • Spanish Water Dog


10). Ibizan hound

Ibizan Hound

Ibizan hound is also known as Ibizan Warren hound. This breed originates in the island of Eivissa and has been traditionally used in the Catalan-speaking areas of Spain, and France. They are intelligent, active, and engaging by nature. Ibizan Hounds can hunt on many different types of terrain using scent, sound, and sight to track game. 

Ibizan Hounds are generally healthy dogs, though there are some conditions the breed can be prone to. These include hip dysplasia, eye disease, autoimmune thyroiditis, and congenital deafness. Responsible breeders will screen their stock for conditions that can affect the breed.

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  • Height: 23.5-27.5 inches (male), 22.5-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 50 pounds (male), 45 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 11-14 years

9). Catalan Sheepdog

The Catalan Sheepdog is also known as Catalan shepherd or Perro de Pastor Catalan. They are lively, active, a handsome dog that originates from Andorra in the Pyrenees. They are intelligent and quick to learn new things which include the good and the bad.

The Catalan Sheepdog is a medium-sized dog breed that typically stands 17.5 to 21.5 inches tall and weighs 35 to 40 pounds at maturity. The Catalan Sheepdog has always been a popular choice with families in their native land and as time goes by their reputation for being great around children.

  • Height: 47−55 cm
  • Weight: 20−25 kg
  • life span: 12 to 14 years

8). Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Shepherds originated in the Pyrenees Mountains of France where they herded flocks. The Petit Berger is active and energetic. This breed needs loads of exercise and is perfect for families who like to play outdoors and experience nature. The Pyrenean Shepherd is also known as Berger des Pyrénées, Pastor de Los Pirineos, Petit Berger or Pyrenees Sheepdog. The is one of the popular shepherd dog in Spanish.

  • Height: 15.5-18.5 inches (male rough-faced), 15-18 inches (female rough-faced), 15.5-21 inches (male smooth-faced), 15.5-20.5 inches (female smooth-faced)
  • Weight: 15-30 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: Late teens

7). Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz


The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is also known as Perro Ratonero Andaluz. This is a terrier type of dog that was developed in Andalusia, Spain. This breed that was considered as wine cellar guardian was developed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Perro Ratonero Andaluz is very active, lively and tenacious. It is a good guardian and sweet with people but has a strong prey instinct.

  • Height: 14 – 17 inches (35 – 43 cm)
  • Weight: 12 – 22 pounds (5 – 10 kg)
  • Life Expectancy: About 15-18 years

6). The Galgo

The Galgo Español is ancient breeds of dog also known as Spanish Galgo or Spanish greyhound. Galgos are used to hunt hares in the Spanish countryside. They’re similar in appearance to greyhounds, with a smaller, lighter build, and have either smooth or shaggy coats.

Galgos are also very good with children, being calm in the house so there is less risk of a child being knocked over or jumped on than with a more excitable breed.

  • Height: Male – 26 in (66 cm), Female – 25 in (64 cm)
  • Weight: Male – 60–65 lb, Female – 50–55 lb
  • Life span:  12-15 years

5). Perro de Presa Canario

Presa Canario

Presa Canario is a rare large molosser type breed of dog originated to Canary Islands Spain. The breed is sometimes also called Dogo Canario, Canary Mastiff, Dogo Canario etc.

This dog is large, powerful, intelligent, and headstrong. Presa can live happily in most environments as long as they receive moderate amounts of daily exercise. The Presa Canario’s stance is firm and vigilant, combined with a calm and confident temperament.

The Perro de Presa Canario should do well on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval.

  • Height: 22-26 inches
  • Weight: 84-110 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 9-11 years

4). Bichon Frise

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Bichon Frise is a small size bichon type dog breed origineted to Canary Islands (Spain). The Bichon is one of the few breeds that truly has existed for at least 2,000 years. They often depicted as a French dog. They are happy, curious dog with a cheerful attitude toward life.
Bichons are active in the house and are famous for the “Bichon Blitz” or “Bichon Buzz,” spurts of energy that cause them to spontaneously run around the house or yard in a frenzy while barking or even growling.


  • Height: 9.5-11.5 inches
  • Weight: 12-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-15 years

3). The Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees
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The Great Pyrenees is a large, thickly coated, and immensely powerful working dog. They are originated as a flock-guarding dog in the Pyrenees Mountains of France and northern Spain.

The Great Pyrenees was once known as the royal dog of France and, with his stunning white coat and imposing presence, is considered to be one of the most beautiful breeds.

They can be slow to learn new commands, slow to obey, and somewhat stubborn to train. This dog was originally bred to be a livestock guard dog, and can still be found doing that job on farms and ranches.

  • Height: 27-32 inches (male), 25-29 inches (female)
  • Weight: 100 pounds & up (male), 85 pounds & up (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

2). The Spanish Mastiff

The Spanish Mastiff is a large dog with a heavy, muscular build that excels as a guard dog. The Spanish Mastiff is a very old breed, with records being traced to over 2,000 years ago. This is popular mastiff type dog breed in Spanish. This large breed was used in Europe as a herding dog for transporting and protecting the Merino livestock.

They may be a less-than-ideal pet in urban situations, where its booming voice and massive size could be problematic.

  • Height: Minimum 28-35 inches
  • Weight: 140-200 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

1). Spanish Water Dog

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The Spanish Water Dog is also used sometimes as a gundog, and is skilled at retrieval from water. The Spanish Water Dog is an ancient breed. The breed IS also known as Perro de Agua, Perro Turco, Laneto, Perro de Lanas, Perro Patero, Perro Rizado, Churro, Barbeta and most recently Perro de Agua Español. This is a popular dog breed in Spanish.

This is a smart dog with a strong work ethic. He likes to learn, responding best to positive reinforcement. The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent and well-balanced, versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts.

  • Height: 17.5-19.75 inches (male), 15.75-18 inches (female)
  • Weight: 40-49 pounds (male), 31-40 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

We hope this extensive guide helps you learn about popular dog in Spanish.

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