Villano de las Encartaciones

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Enkarterriko Billano on a street in Turtzioz, Biscay.

The Villano de Las Encartaciones (Basque: Enkarterriko billano, Cantabrian: Villanu, English: Villein of Las Encartaciones) is a Spanish working dog originated in Las Encartaciones, a comarca of the province of Biscay, in the Basque country, eastern Cantabria and northern Burgos. There are less than 100 of them in existence.[1] The Villano derived from the Spanish Bulldog, of which it represents a lighter, faster and more agile version. The dog is used to catch Monchina cattle, which are raised in a feral state in northern Spain. The Villano is also used for boar hunting given its qualities as a catch dog. Males stand 60 to 65 cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 35 kg.


  1. ^ D. Matassino; J. Boyazoglu; A. Cappuccio (1997). International symposium on Mediterranean animal germplasm and future human challenges: a joint EAAP - FAO - CIHEAM International Symposium. Wageningen Pers. p. 291. ISBN 978-90-74134-46-0.