The memories I have of the various breeds I’ve seen are inevitably linked with my memories of the countries where I observed and photographed them. For some reason, with the Perdiguero de Burgos the link is particularly strong. I simply cannot think of them without recalling the hot, arid areas of Spain where we’ve seen them and had the opportunity to watch them work.
Our first encounter with the breed was in northern Spain where we spent an afternoon with a lovely young female Burgos as she worked oat-stubble fields for quail. On that hot, windless day I came to understand why hunters in the area would prefer dogs that pace themselves instinctively for a long, hot day of hunting. Several years later, this time on a visit to central Spain, we once again watched Perdiguero de Burgos work in warm, dry conditions. And once again, I saw the reasoning behind the dog’s working style.
Burgos are large dogs, up to 67 cm’s for the males. Their build is a classic fusion of hound and pointer; loose hanging skin, long low set ears, powerful muzzle and a well proportioned, muscular body built for endurance. To my eye, there were significant differences between the sexes; males being quite a bit larger and more heavy-set than the females. Even among individuals of the same sex, there was significant variation, especially in the heads.
As with their appearance, there were noticeable differences in the way the individuals ran. All displayed fairly good speed and agility, covering the dry rocky ground with ease. Some were noticeably faster than others however. Some dogs worked closer, others further out. Regardless of the individual working style, none left any question as to their desire and ability. They hunted, pointed and retrieved quite well. They also seemed fairly easy to handle. Speaking with club members near Madrid, they all agreed that one of the best things about these dogs is how easy they are to train and handle. Miguel Trevijano of the Asociación Española del Perro Perdiguero de Burgos told me that “Our dogs are very useful for hunting almost everything. And they are also easy to train and easy to get along with. Many of our members used to have other breeds, Pointers, Setters, Bretons, but now they have Burgos because they are so easy to get along with, very easy to hunt with and good in the home. Our membership has doubled in the last five years. Hunters are finding out just how good these dogs hunt and how easy they are to live with”.
From what I observed I would agree with Senor Trevijano. The Perdiguero de Burgos that he and the other members of the Asociación so kindly allowed us to observe and photograph were very nice hunting dogs indeed.
Click here or on the photo above to view a gallery of photographs of the Perdigueros de Burgos we saw on our recent visit to Spain (all dogs featured courtesy of the Asociación Española del Perro Perdiguero de Burgos)