Greyhound looks more like a giraffe thanks to its unusually large neck

A Spanish greyhound looks more like a giraffe than a dog thanks to her incredibly long neck.

Ketama often draws bewildered looks near her home in the Netherlands thanks to her unusual physical feature. 

The two-year-old rescue dog is from a breed of naturally long dogs, said owner Monique Morsink. But Ketama’s proportions are more male than female. 

Ketama the Spanish greyhound looks more like a giraffe than a dog thanks to her unusually long ten-inch (25cm) neck

Ketama's breed is known as a Galgo Español in Spain

Ketama the Spanish greyhound looks more like a giraffe than a dog thanks to her unusually long ten-inch (25cm) neck

The two-year-old rescue dog from a breed of naturally long dogs, bred for their speed and sleek bodies to help with hunting and for racing

The two-year-old rescue dog from a breed of naturally long dogs, bred for their speed and sleek bodies to help with hunting and for racing

Ketama goes for a walk while wearing a fleece and special collar

Ketama drapes her long neck over the side of the sofa at home in the Netherland

Ketama goes for a walk while wearing a fleece and special collar (left). She drapes her long neck over the side of the sofa at home in the Netherlands (right)

Spanish greyhounds, or sighthounds, were bred for their speed and sleek bodies to help with hunting and for racing. 

Sadly, just like their English cousins, the Spanish greyhound can fall prey to human cruelty. 

But thankfully Monique, 30, and her partner Martijn ten Voorde, 31, rescued Ketama and live with her in the Netherlands. 

Monique said: ‘For her breed, she’s an exceedingly long girl. She is longer than most of the females of her breed I have seen. She has the measurements of a boy. 

Ketama requires multiple special leashes and harnesses while walking because she is so slim and agile she can easily get away, owner Monica Morsink says

Sadly, just like their English cousins, the Spanish greyhound can fall prey to human cruelty

Ketama requires multiple special leashes and harnesses while walking because she is so slim and agile she can easily get away, owner Monica Morsink says

Monique said: 'Ketama turned out to be a really goofy and funny dog. I am glad that she could be an ambassador for the Galgo Español'

Monique said: ‘Ketama turned out to be a really goofy and funny dog. I am glad that she could be an ambassador for the Galgo Español’

Owner Monique, 30, said: 'For her breed, she's an exceedingly long girl'

Monique added: 'She is longer than most of the females of her breed I have seen. She has the measurements of a boy'

Owner Monique, 30, said: ‘For her breed, she’s an exceedingly long girl. She is longer than most of the females of her breed I have seen. She has the measurements of a boy’

‘We get a lot of attention on the streets. There are not a lot of breeds like Ketama over here. 

‘And also, when I am walking her, she has so many leashes on. She wears a collar, and a safety harness.

‘Because she’s so very slim and agile, she can escape easily from a normal harness or only her collar.’

Monique said Ketama’s breed, known as Galgo Español in Spanish, do suffer from mistreatment in their native Spain. 

Ketama is hugged by Monique, 30, and her partner Martijn ten Voorde, 31, while on a walk near their home in the Netherlands

Ketama is hugged by Monique, 30, and her partner Martijn ten Voorde, 31, while on a walk near their home in the Netherlands

Ketama sits with Martijn on the sofa while wearing a special jumper

Monica says: 'Ketama is very present in our household. She always wants to be with you. She's also very smart and will do anything for a treat'

She sits with Martijn on the sofa while wearing a special jumper (left). Monica says: ‘Ketama is very present in our household. She always wants to be with you. She’s also very smart and will do anything for a treat’

She said: ‘I found out that there is a big problem in Spain. The Galgos are used for hunting which is a big tradition. 

‘But if the dogs are not good enough for the hunter they get killed or dumped. Also, at the end of the hunting season, some dogs who didn’t hunt well also get killed or dumped.’

Monique found Ketama thanks to a network of rescue centres specifically for Galgos which have sprung up in Spain to combat the problem. 

She said: ‘Ketama turned out to be a really goofy and funny dog. I am glad that she could be an ambassador for the Galgo Español. 

Moniques says: 'She can be very naughty'

She added: 'If you are doing your own thing and she thinks that she deserves more attention, you can see in her eyes that she will do something naughty'

Moniques says: ‘She can be very naughty. If you are doing your own thing and she thinks that she deserves more attention, you can see in her eyes that she will do something naughty’

She found Ketama thanks to a network of rescue centres specifically for Galgos which have sprung up in Spain to combat the problem of greyhounds being dumped by hunters

She found Ketama thanks to a network of rescue centres specifically for Galgos which have sprung up in Spain to combat the problem of greyhounds being dumped by hunters

‘I hope that because of her unusual features there will be more awareness for the breed, and the troubling situation in Spain. 

‘Ketama is very present in our household. She always wants to be with you. She’s also very smart and will do anything for a treat. 

‘She can be very naughty. If you are doing your own thing and she thinks that she deserves more attention, you can see in her eyes that she will do something naughty. 

‘She will start looking at something to grab, and if she finds it, she throws it in the air and starts playing with it. But in the meantime, she will look if you are looking. Bad attention is also attention.

‘When I was having breakfast, she put her ball under the couch and started crying. When I stood up from the table and went on my knees to grab the ball, she immediately ran to the table to steal my breakfast. That was a great laugh.’

source: dailymail.co.uk

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