Spanish Hound/Sabueso, 4 Years Old
**NOW IN UK FOSTER**
This handsome chap is Federico, a Sabueso or Spanish hound. They are used for hunting wild boar and deer in Spain. They are related to Beagles and Bassett hounds and have the crazy long ears and long body typical of a Bassett hound but are longer in the leg. They are active, energetic dogs with a strong prey drive and need decent amounts of exercise. They are also incredibly soppy and affectionate and Federico is no exception.
The poor thing has been waiting in a shelter in Spain for many months (he arrived skin and bones dumped by his hunter owner) and was very sad in there but he was fed well in there and now he’s looking much healthier. He arrived in a foster home in Kent on 22 February and this is what his foster Mum says about him
“Fred is a big bumbling affectionate dog, loves attention also really playful. He’s big (approx 30kg) and a bit clumsy. On a park walk he is very friendly when people come up and pet him. He was very happy when dogs came up to him and wanted to run and play. I double lead walk him which means I have a lot more control (since he’s strong). He’s still quite nervous of just anything strange that he doesn’t understand. He loves to play with things he grabs tea towels etc and throws them around and just charges around like a lunatic.”
He has an old injury on his left front paw which we don’t think was ever treated, he favours his front right paw when he walks but when he runs it doesn’t seem to bother him. It has been seen by a UK vet who wasn’t very concerned about it. We are going to put him on joint protectors
At the pound, he shared a run with several other dogs and got along with them well. We think he’d do best in a home with a friendly female, happy to share her space with an exuberant, playful boy. He could probably also live as an only dog.