Villanuco de Las Encartaciones

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Enkarterriko billanuko
Other names Villanuco de Las Encartaciones
Basque rat hunting dog
Ratonero vasco
Origin Basque Country (Spain)
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Villanuco de Las Encartaciones (Basque: Enkarterriko billanuko, Cantabrian: Villanucu, English: Little Villein of Las Encartaciones ) is a Spanish breed of dog typical of the region of Las Encartaciones (Biscay),[1] Cantabria and northern Burgos (Spain).

Despite the great similarity in names, the Enkarterriko billano is a different breed, but share in common the area of origin.[2]

It is a ratter, used as a "door dog" for its speed advising the arrival of strangers. The census estimated that believed that there is about 50 dogs with what is in a critical state of conservation. Although its small size and character are prized as pets.


  1. ^ Gómez, Mariano. "Importance of the conservation of native breeds in the Basque Country (Euskadi)". Euskonew & Media. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
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