Andalusian Temperament

Elaine Sutton
• Monday, 16 November, 2020
• 9 min read

It is a courage that made them beloved of Spanish cowboys working their lonely ranges, and cavalry soldiers throughout history. Their brave spirit was prized by many warriors, when they were cavalry horses of the Greeks, the Romans, William the Conqueror of England, and the Conquistadors who overran the New World.

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Much of that comes from their history, as a horse would survive and fight much better when they are intelligent enough to understand their training and use it to keep themselves and their riders alive even in the perils of battle. It was their intellect as well as their courage that made them so beloved of noble riders throughout history, and caused Napoleon to attempt to take them all during his conquests of Europe.

So just think, when your Andalusian does a really cool move in dressage, your horse’s hundred time great-grandfather’s same brave spirit was doing the same thing while the Spartans were fighting the Athenians. However, they are often spoken of with respect for their amazingly calm demeanor even in the face of a dangerous bull or the shouting, excited crowds of an equestrian competition.

With its origins from the Iberian Peninsula, the ancestry of the Andalusian horse dates back for several thousand years. Placement of these characteristics was believed to be an indication of good luck or bad lock.

Andalusian's with white socks on their feet could provide good or bad luck depending on which legs were marked. Certain facial markings would be an indication of the horse’s loyalty, their endurance, or their honesty.

Andalusian's are known to experience diseases which affect the amount of blood flowing to the small intestines at a much higher rate than other breeds. Andalusian's are also known to suffer from a higher risk of laminates because of these intestinal issues.

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How the trainer or owner responds to the condition of the horse will influence what its future temperament will be. If their health needs are not addressed promptly, then it is not uncommon for the horse to begin acting out in resentment.

Certain sub-types within the Andalusian breed, especially the Cartesian, may also see personality changes occur when health issues become present. Although the horses are still Andalusian, their genetic profiles have been separated from the main breed for more than 300 years in some instances.

One conformation standard, published in 1831, notes that horses at the age of 5 would be required to gallop for up to 15 miles without changing pace. In 1925, the Portuguese military expected their horses to be able to cover 40 kilometers in just under 4 hours.

This means the Andalusian horse wants to be active on a regular basis. Negative behaviors will begin to develop if the horse is kept in its stall for a longer period of time than what is wanted.

If Andalusian's are left on their own for a prolonged period of time, their sensitivity will heighten the loneliness that is being experienced, and they will begin to act out. Breeders are consistently looking to improve the competitive characteristics with the personality of the Andalusian, with an emphasis on classical dressage.

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Andalusian horses will continue to be used for riding and driving, which has been their primary purpose since the breed’s inception. In Australasia, for example, the registry includes purebred and part bred Andalusian's, so the temperament of the horses is less consistent than with the traditional studbook.

Whatever the case may be, the Andalusian horse temperament is one that is generally calm, willing, and social. In many cases, the best way to interact with this breed is to address the emotional triggers instead of the behaviors that are on display.

As the name suggests, the Andalusian Hound breed was originated from Andalusia, Spain. There had been some speculation that they may have been one of the ancient breeds depicted on cave paintings within the Iberian Peninsula thousands of years ago, but recent genetic studies have rendered this theory unlikely.

Due to the lack of distinctive unique characteristics and the similarities it shares with other breeds of dog, in particular with the Portuguese Pengö, the Andalusian Hound is not typically recognized in its own right outside its native country. Their senses of sight, hearing and smell have been keenly developed over the years, and they have the ability to endure the hot and dry conditions of the barren landscape from which they have originated.

The smaller variety of the Andalusian Hounds traditionally hunt hare or rabbits. The body of the Andalusian Hounds should be in proportion and well muscled, positioned on top of straight, lean legs.

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Of course, these ears will serve the hounds well as they listen out for signs of life when hunting on vast, empty terrains. As in the Portuguese Pengö, the Andalusian Hound comes in three sizes; small, medium and large.

They are playful and cheerful in the home and the smaller versions of the breed generally do well with children. Naturally good guard dogs, they are attentive and observant, quick to alert their owner of the presence of a new person.

With a propensity to, at times, be submissive, a good relationship with a confident and encouraging owner is critical to get the most out of these sweet-natured hounds. How much a mature dog eats depends on its size, age, build, metabolism and activity level.

Depending on the variety each Andalusian Hound dog will require different amount of food. As is true of most working dogs, the Andalusian Hound naturally thrives when outside and active.

Known for their stamina, they are happy to continue running for long periods of time, so if left outside unsupervised, they must be fenced in. Failure to provide these animals with adequate exercise can result in pet-up energy, that may be released in undesirable manners, such as through destructive behaviors.

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Their common health problems include ear infections, eye conditions, and arthritis. Breed Name Andalusian Housemother Names Andalusian Potency and Spanish: Potency andaluzBreed Size3 varieties; small medium and largeHeightSmall: 14 to 17 inches at the withers for males and 13 to 16 inches for females.

Large: 21 to 25 inches at the withers for male, and 21 to 24 inches for the females. WeightSmall: 5 to 11 kg Medium: 10 to 22 kg Large: 21 to 33 kg Good as petsYesClimate Tolerance climatesColorWhite, cinnamon, or a combination of both colorsLifespanBetween 10 and 12 years Good for childrenYesRarityCommonCountry of Origin Spain This blue feathered chicken comes from the Mediterranean area where it is still found today (although in very small numbers).

It is a bird that enjoys its freedom and is very capable of surviving in adverse conditions. The Andalusian was imported to England in the 1840s by Leonard Barber and was first exhibited at the Baker Street, London show in 1853.

Depending on which sources you read, the Andalusian was widely spread through Devon and Cornwall. Other sources state that Devon and Cornwall had their own version of blue hens.

I can find no information about the ‘blue hens’, but it’s likely that the Andalusian would do well among the rugged areas of those counties. This is an elegant and graceful bird with an upright carriage and a confident aura.

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Legs are clean of feathers and also slate blue in color, there are 4 toes per foot. The body of this bird is not as robust looking as say a Rhode Island Red or Arlington.

It was accepted to the American Poultry Association in 1874 where it is classified as Mediterranean breed. The unusual thing about the standard is the fact that the only recognized variety is blue.

The blue would not exist without the black, splash and white members of the breed due to the genetics, which we will discuss a bit later. Andalusian hens have little interest in being a mother and rarely sit on their eggs, so you will have to provide your own incubator if you want chicks.

The chicks do feather out rapidly and are ready to lay earlier than many other breeds. The roosters have large combs so will be prime candidates for frostbite if you live in colder areas.

If you want a chicken that is in need of help with conservation and you enjoy the challenges of breeding, this could be an ideal bird. When you find a good quality specimen of this chicken it really is stunning to behold.

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Needless to say, getting a bird to this level of perfection takes time and energy, but the results are always worth it. Otherwise, this is a low maintenance breed that prefers to keep humans at a distance for much of the time.

While the Andalusian chicken as known as Blue Andalusian has never been one of the most popular chicken breeds in the world, it is one of those rare breeds that has managed to last a good while. Blue Andalusian The current blue Andalusian chicken can be traced back to the middle of the 1800s, but it is likely that this breed was around for a long time before that.

(2.3 kg) Male Bantam: 28 oz (795 g) FemaleStandard: 5.5 lb. (2.5 kg) Female Bantam: 24 oz (680 g) Country of origin Spain As the name suggests, this is a chicken that originated in the Andalusia region of Spain.

One interesting theory, based on some history papers, says that a very similar chicken is described in ancient Rome. This is information that we are unlikely to ever know, mostly because it is likely that the bulk of breeds that went into the Andalusian died out a long time ago.

The part of history that we are most concerned with is how they got from Andalusia to the rest of the world. Interestingly, British breeders tried to go in a different direction to the one that was imported.

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The Andalusian Chicken weighs somewhere between 5 and 7lbs, dependent on whether you have a rooster or a hen. While it is a rather small bird in the grand scheme of things, this is one of those rare breeds that likes to stand tall and proud.

The blue Andalusian chicken is the only recognized variety of this fowl. This means that white, black, and fully blue birds are available.

However, no matter what, you shouldn’t expect your Andalusian Chicken to lay more than 160 eggs per year. However, you cannot rely on the Andalusian Chicken to provide consistent egg laying.

One of the main reasons as to why people pick up the Andalusian Chicken is that they are fantastic to watch. The only main issue you will have with the Andalusian Chicken will be during the colder months of the year.

However, the problem is that this chicken comb type is going to be on the larger side of things. So, this is one of those breeds of chicken that we wouldn’t raise if you live in an area that gets a lot of snowfall.

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Remember; this is a breed that originated from one of the hottest regions in the world, after all. Other than this, there are not any major issues with the bird, and it is going to be a tremendous amount of fun raising them.

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