What is a Cunucu?

You may or may not be familiar with this breed of dog named Aruban Cunucu, Arubian Cunucu or simply just Cunucu Dog. A Cunucu dog originates from Aruba, a small island in the Caribbean.Cunucu is a Papiamento word used by the natives of Aruba. The Aruban Cunucu is the wild dog frequently seen roaming around the island.According to research conducted by a Dutch geneticist, the Aruban Cunucu Dog 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 Aruban Cunucu’s 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 Cunucu Dog, a medium-sized dog, 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 and extremely obedient.
Cunucu’s can weigh anywhere from 35 to 50 pounds fully grown. They have short hair, which can be almost any colour; however, the most common colours include tan, brown or black with white markings. Their tails are long, curled and held high. They have semiprick ears, long legs and a muscular body.
As an extremely athletic and enthusiastic dog that excels at many different sports including hunting, agility, fly ball and obedience a Cunucu Dog needs to have plenty of toys and room to run.