Portuguese Podengo

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Portugal
AKC Group:Rare
UKC Group:Rare
Use today:Companion, hunting, watch dog
Life Span:15 years
Color:Yellow, fawn, brown, or black with or without white markings or white with yellow, fawn, brown or black markings.
Coat:Two coat types: Smooth - short and very dense and Wire - medium length, rough and harsh, with a distinct beard.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:Grande: 22-28 inches; Medio: 16 to 22 inches; Pequeno: 9 to 12 inches at the shoulder
Weight:Grande: 44-66 pounds; Medio: 35 to 44 pounds; Pequeno: 9 to 13 pounds

The Portuguese Podengo, the National Dog of Portugal, is an ancient rabbit hunting breed related to the Cirneco dell'Etna, Ibizan Hound and Pharaoh Hound. Purebred Portuguese Podengos were first seen in the United States in the 1990s. Podengos come in three sizes. The Podengo Grande (large) stands 22 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder and the Podengo Medio (medium) is 16 to 22 inches. The Podengo Pequeno (small) is 8 to 12 inches tall and weighs 9 to 13 pounds. Within each size are two coat varieties--smooth and wire. The coat may be solid yellow or fawn with or without white markings, or white with yellow or fawn markings. Both coat types require occasional brushing and bathing. The Podengo is loyal, lively, intelligent, hardy and easy to train. They are good companions and excellent watchdogs. The Podengo requires plenty of mental stimulation and exercise. Podengos are hard-wired to chase after small critters or anything else that moves, so off-leash play must take place in a securely fenced area.

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