Arubian Cunucu

According to research conducted by a Dutch geneticist, the Arubian Cunucu is a descendant of the Iberian Hound, which was brought to Aruba in the 16th century by Portuguese slave traders. Iberian Hounds became quite popular with the Arawak Indians and were often crossed with various feral dogs on the island. The results of these crosses were named Arubian Cunucus and were used primarily to hunt small game. It is thought that they received their name due to their excellent ability to chase iguanas through the rocky terrain of Aruba's desert interior, which is known by locals as the Cunucu. The Arubian Cunucu is a medium-sized dog that originated in Aruba. Also known as simply the Cunucu Dog, the Arubian Cunucu is a friendly breed that makes a great companion or pet for families with children. Their protective and loyal nature also makes these dogs terrific guard dogs.

Arubian Cunucus are medium-sized dogs that can weigh anywhere from 35 to 50 pounds fully grown. They have short hair, which can be almost any color; however, the most common colors include tan, brown or black with white markings. Their tails are long, curled and held high. They have semi-prick ears, long legs and a muscular body. Personality: This is an extremely athletic and enthusiastic dog that is happiest when it is hunting or participating in some type of sport. It is also a highly intelligent breed that learns quickly. Since the Cunucu Dog can become bored rather easily, if you choose to add one of them to your family, you will want to be sure to provide it with plenty of toys and room to run. The Arubian Cunucu is an extremely athletic dog that excels at many different sports including hunting, agility, flyball and obedience. This is a breed that can adapt easily to most any climate as well. As such, if you are looking for an all-around great companion or family dog, you may want to consider a Cunucu Dog.

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Breed Type
Mix
Origin
United States
Life Span
12-15 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
The Cunucu Dog, Arubian Cunucu

Arubian Cunucu Build Information

Size
Medium
Weight
26 - 40 lbs
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

Arubian Cunucus are medium-sized dogs that can weigh anywhere from 35 to 50 pounds fully grown. They have short hair, which can be almost any color; however, the most common colors include tan, brown or black with white markings. Their tails are long, curled and held high. They have semi-prick ears, long legs and a muscular body.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

This is an extremely athletic and enthusiastic dog that is happiest when it is hunting or participating in some type of sport. It is also a highly intelligent breed that learns quickly. Since the Cunucu Dog can become bored rather easily, if you choose to add one of them to your family, you will want to be sure to provide it with plenty of toys and room to run.

The Arubian Cunucu is an extremely athletic dog that excels at many different sports including hunting, agility, flyball and obedience.

This is a breed that can adapt easily to most any climate as well. As such, if you are looking for an all-around great companion or family dog, you may want to consider a Cunucu Dog.

Appearance

Colors
Black & Tan Light Brown White
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Fine

While the Arubian Cunucu is a short-haired breed, you will want to brush its coat regularly with a stiff bristle brush. In this way, you can help reduce the amount of excess hair in your home, especially during shedding seasons. Unless your pet becomes particularly dirty, bathing it once or twice a month should be sufficient.

Be sure to check your pet's ears regularly for any wax accumulation, foul odors or inflammation.

Additionally, if your dog's nails grow too long, use a pliers-type nail clipper to clip them. However, make sure that you do not cut into the tiny veins that can be found inside each nail.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
  • Laika, the dog that was sent into space on November 3 in 1957, was an Arubian Cunucu
  • The existing World Record for the highest vertical jump performed by a canine is 49,5 inches and was won by an Arubian Cunucu
  • Arubian Cunucus can adapt to most any type of climate from extreme cold to extreme heat

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Common Health Conditions in Arubian Cunucus

While there have been no reported health issues associated with the Arubian Cunucu, it is known that a healthy Cunucu Dog can live as long as 15 years. Nevertheless, similar breeds have been known to be prone to such issues as hip dysplasia, bloat, progressive retinal atrophy and anesthesia sensitivity.

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