The Spanish Bulldog: History And Reputation

The Spanish Bulldog: history and reputation

Alano español, perhaps better known as the “Spanish Bulldog” is, believe it or not, a fairly unknown breed in Spain. In fact, it is a very old breed that is considered potentially dangerous. Like other dogs that have an undeserved bad reputation, such as pit bull or staffordshire bull terrier. Read on to learn more about the history behind the Spanish Bulldog.

Its name is inspired by the Alans, who arrived in Europe from the North Caucasus region in the 4th century. They had a breed called alano, which is an ancestor of the Spanish bulldog.
King Alfonso XI mentioned this race in one of his Montería treaties, which took place in the 15th century. This breed also appears in paintings by Velázquez and in texts by Cervantes.

The Alans used this animal for fighting, hunting and cattle. The Spanish army used the breed during the conquest of America. Unfortunately , these animals were also used during bullfighting performances and forced to meet groups of agitated bulls.

Its historical significance has not only been seen in works of art. The Spanish Bulldog has also become known throughout history. The best example is Becerrillo, Sancho of Aragon’s dog, who is said to have sacrificed his life to save his owner.

This dog has a large head, a muscular jaw and a strong body. It can weigh up to 40 kg. The coat can have many different colors, for example with gray and red stripes, and it has thick wrinkled skin.

The Spanish Bulldog has a behavior that is similar to the behavior of other hunting dogs. It is a restless animal that needs long walks and to be active all the time. It is a complicated dog to handle and difficult to train, but is very faithful.

Historically, it is known for its great courage. That is why it was used while hunting the most dangerous species, such as the wild boar, which could kill these dogs without any problems.

As mentioned above, this breed must be active. You should go out with it at least three times a day. Even if it has short hair, you should brush it at least once a week and keep its ears, eyes and mouth clean. Pay special attention to the wrinkles on its face, as they are a place that can easily be exposed to dermatitis.

Due to the rough nature of this dog and the scarce selection of mating partners, this breed usually does not have many diseases. Make sure these dogs eat a balanced diet to prevent them from becoming overweight.

Of course, as with all pets, it is important to take this dog to the vet to set up a vaccination schedule, as the dog can become infected with common diseases from other dogs.
The Spanish bulldog can in some cases sleep outdoors because it is resistant to temperature changes. Of course, this is not something we advocate, especially not in the winter.

You must also be  careful during the summer months and make sure that the dog is allowed to drink a lot of water.

In addition to its role as a fighting dog and its participation in bullfighting, this breed currently has other roles. Among other things  , it excels as a hunting dog while hunting larger game. Nevertheless, this breed can help with the handling of livestock.

The Spanish bulldog was almost doomed to extinction due to new hunting and cattle breeding methods that made them unemployed. Fortunately, this breed is making a comeback thanks to breeders in the Mena Valley, who started breeding them successfully. Now this historical race has a second chance to show how it can benefit society.

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