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Portuguese Podengo

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Portuguese Podengo

The Portuguese Podengo comes in three distinct sizes: Grande, Medio and Pequeño. The Grande is very similar to the Ibizan Hound and is very rare, the Medio is smaller but very similar and the small or Pequeño is very similar in size to the Chihuahua. All three have the same coat color which is mostly fawn or yellow. This breed also comes in a smooth coat variety, which is short and dense, and the wirehaired variety, which is medium in length, rough and harsh with no undercoat. The wire coat produces a distinct beard. The head is well-chiseled and lean. The skull is relatively flat between the ears. The muzzle is round with a straight nasal bond. The lips are always darker in color and the teeth meet in a scissor bite. The nose is tapered and is always darker than the coat color. The ears are erect, mobile and set with the outside edge at the level of the eyes. The neck is straight, long and well-muscled. The chest is deep to the elbow and the back is straight. The tail is set rather high and reaches to the hock joint. The Podengo has exceptional sight, sound and scent.

Temperament The Portuguese Podengo is a lively, affectionate and active dog. This breed will do fine as an only pet or with other animals. This loyal and fearless dog makes a great watchdog. They are friendly, enthusiastic and when outdoors, are quite obedient if properly trained. This breed will even seek out their owners. This breed gets along well with children but should not be treated roughly. They may not get along with small animals as they will look on them as prey. The Podengo is highly trainable and excels at agility.
Height, Weight Pequeño Height: 8-12" ; Weight: 9-13 lbs.
Medio Height: 16-22" ; Weight: 35-44 lbs.
Grande Height: 22-28" ; Weight: 44-66 lbs.
Health Problems The Podengo have no genetic defects or inherited diseases in their genes. They are a hardy breed.
Living Conditions The Podengo is bred to hunt and live outdoors and would do better in a rural or suburban environment.
Exercise The Podengo needs plenty of exercise. Long walks or play will satisfy their exercise needs.
Life Expectancy About 12-15+ years
Grooming The coat of this breed is to be shown in its natural state, groomed but not clipped or trimmed.
Origin The Portuguese Podengos were primitive hunting dogs that were given to Phoenician traders when they landed on Africa in 600 BC. When these traders arrived in the Port of Gaul (Portugal) in the 700s BC, they brought their dogs with them. The Podengo was developed in three sizes and two coat types to be suited to the different climates, terrain, type of hunting style and type of prey. The Podengo Medios have starred in several movies, including Soccer Dog, Zeus and Roxanne. They are recognized by the AKC, the FCI and the UKC
Group AKC/FSS Hound, UKC Sighthound and Pariah