Spanish Hounds 3 & 5 Years Old
These good-looking dogs are Federico and Lera, Federico is a Sabueso or Spanish hound and Lera is a cross between two Spanish hound breeds, Sabueso and Grifon. 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, strong dogs with a strong prey drive and need decent amounts of exercise. They are also incredibly soppy and affectionate and love human company.
Federico’s back story is that he waited 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 and got healthier although really struggled with being cooped up in a run. He shared a limited space with all kinds of dogs including pitbulls and he will have seen some harrowing scenes but he kept his head down and got on well with all.
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. He needs joint supplements to help him at this stage.
Sadly Federico has some issues which mean that he’s had 4 failed homes. In a kennel environment he never has any issues with people but in a home environment he can get spooked and has shown reactive behaviour towards his adopters. He barks and lunges and in his last home he bit his adopter (didn’t break the skin) when she made the mistake of stepping over him in his bed to get to something which really startled him. Prior to going to these homes he was in foster with a very experienced person who managed his issues very well and there was minimal reactive behavior. 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.”
After giving it careful thought we have now decided to rehome him with his buddy Lera. Lera is more confident than Federico and we hope that with Lera by his side he won’t feel spooked and won’t show the reactive behaviour. Nonetheless it is really important that anybody who applies for the two of them has extensive experience with dogs and ideally experience with reactive behaviour. We have a behaviourist lined up to help support the adoption and we will cover the cost of the first two sessions.
Lera’s story is that she was unwanted by her hunter owner. In the rescue shelter she quickly came to love attention from people (she won’t have had affection before) and she is a confident, friendly, playful, energetic girl. She and Federico get on really well. They are both quite strong characters and attempted to dominate each other initially (tried to hump each other) but very soon realised that this wasn’t going to work and now are firm friends.
Lera’s only blot on her copy book is that she is obsessed with food and needs to be fed separately. She has been known to attempt to take food out of other dogs’ mouths! She will have known real hunger in the past.
An ideal home for the two of them would be with experienced adopters who have dealt with reactive behaviour before. Both dogs are strong and active so adopters need to be similar. Federico is happier in a quiet rural environment, traffic and loud noises put him on edge. A large well-fenced garden would be ideal for them.
The adoption fee of £400 per dog is a contribution towards the costs of rescuing them including microchip, passport, vaccinations, tests for S European diseases, neutering, parasite treatment and his transport to the UK from Spain. It includes 2 sessions with a behaviourist to support the adoption.
Federico’s date of birth is and Lera’s is 29/08/2017