Podengo

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What kind of dog is a Podengo?

The Portuguese Podengo, also known as the Podengo Português or Portuguese Warren Hound, is hound (sight and scent) breed from Portugal. As a breed, the Podengo is divided into three size categories that are not interbred: small (Pequeno), medium (Médio) and large (Grande). Their coats are either short and smooth, or longer and wired.

How big does a medio Podengo get?

The primary method is to interbreed Grande and large Medio dogs to return to the breed purity. The middleweight in the Portuguese Podengo dog breed, the Medio typically weighs between 35 and 44 pounds and stands anywhere from 16 to 22 inches tall (paw pads to shoulder).

Are there any health problems with the Portuguese Podengo?

All dog breeds have some known health conditions, and the Portuguese Podengo is no exception. Some health issues are common to most breeds, while others are specific to the breed. Potentially heritable Portuguese Podengo health problems can include the following:

What is a Podenco?

Podencos are a group of Sighthounds with a very long history. Their origins may date as far back as ancient Egyptian times. Today Podencos are generally found in Mediterranean locales, especially in Spain, and are commonly used for hunting rabbits. They are also sometimes referred to as Warren Hounds. The name Podenco means Hound in Spanish.

What is a Portuguese Podengo dog breed?

The Podengo was first introduced in the United States during the 1990s and has since made its way to 45 other countries as well. In its native Portugal, the Portuguese Podengo dog breed differs in appearance based on its size (Grande, Medio, Pequeno). Here is a brief overview of the differences between each breed.

What kind of coat does a Smooth Podengo have?

The smooth Podengo coat is very dense and thick but is single layer (no undercoat). The coat on the smooth-hair breed is still coarse. The smooth coat breed is the oldest of all the Portuguese Podengo dogs.

How big does a medio Podengo get?

The primary method is to interbreed Grande and large Medio dogs to return to the breed purity. The middleweight in the Portuguese Podengo dog breed, the Medio typically weighs between 35 and 44 pounds and stands anywhere from 16 to 22 inches tall (paw pads to shoulder).

When did the Podengo dog breed come to America?

The Podengo was first introduced in the United States during the 1990s and has since made its way to 45 other countries as well. In its native Portugal, the Portuguese Podengo dog breed differs in appearance based on its size (Grande, Medio, Pequeno).

What are the flaws of the Portuguese Podengo dog breed?

These flaws include a narrower head and corkscrew tail. The primary method is to interbreed Grande and large Medio dogs to return to the breed purity. The middleweight in the Portuguese Podengo dog breed, the Medio typically weighs between 35 and 44 pounds and stands anywhere from 16 to 22 inches tall (paw pads to shoulder).

How long do Portuguese Podengos live for?

The average life expectancy of a Portuguese Podengo is between 10 and 12 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages. The Podengo is known to suffer from a few hereditary health issues which are worth knowing about if you are planning share your home with one of these handsome active dogs.

What kind of dog is a Podengo Pequeno?

Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are little dogs with a long name, and are similar in appearance to American breeds like the Jack Russell Terrier and Rat Terrier (though interestingly, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno isn’t a Terrier at all). Other names for the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno include the Portuguese Warren Hound and the Portuguese Rabbit Dog.

Do Podengo dogs shed a lot?

The Portuguese Podengo dog does not shed that much and requires no formal grooming. Even inside the show ring, the breed standard specifies that this breed should be clipped only. The coat should be displayed as naturally as possible, which makes the Podengo dog about as close to a “wash and go” dog as you can get!

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