- SIZE: 3
- GROOMING:: 4
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 7
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 5
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: Portuguese Podengo
- COLOR(S):White with markings of black, yellow, or fawn.
The Portuguese Podengo is an attractive, sturdy and efficient breed that comes in three distinct sizes: Grande, Medio, and Pequeño. The large has the appearance similar to the Ibizan Hound and is very rare, the medium size is smaller but identical and popular, and the smallest size is very similar to the Chihuahua in size and appearance, as well as popularity. All three are hunting dogs, used to hunt hare, rabbit and other small game. They all are the same colors, each appearing predominantly fawn or yellow with or without white markings. All three also come in either short-haired glossy versions or wire-haired thicker coated variations. Portuguese Podengos are lively, affectionate and make excellent companions. They are alert, eager to hunt and may be distantly related to a small species of Iberian wolf. Attractive, good-natured and a fine guardian and hunter, the Portuguese Podengo can be modified to fit any size an owner is searching for.
Portuguese Podengos are lively, active and affectionate. They are attractive, good-natured and a fine guard. They make good watchdogs as well. They can be single pets or get along with other animals. They are loyal, fearless and the larger versions make good guard dogs as well. Podengos are hardy, intelligent and game. They are friendly to most, and are enthusiastic. When off leash, they are quite obedient if trained and will even look to make sure of the whereabouts of their owner. Trainability, trustworthiness and intelligence are outstanding aspects of this breed.
Their coat, especially the wire-haired versions, need daily brushing to keep the coat shiny and clean.
Portuguese Podengos are a rare breed that has hardly any major health problems. They are known to live well into their mid and late teen years. They have no genetic defects or inherited diseases in their genes.
The Podengos need plenty of exercise. They should be given daily walks or play sessions. They are a lively breed and their energy should be channeled for good use, such as training.
Although these dogs are very trainable, they should begin learning at a young age. Using gentle, firm, and positive methods of training, these dogs can become extremely loyal and obedient pets. If trained well, this breed is excellent at obedience even off the leash. They will usually adhere to their owner when called. If you are on a hike or trip with the dog off leash, they will often look back to "check on" your whereabouts. Learning Rate: High. The Podengos are very intelligent. Obedience - High, if trained well. Problem Solving - Medium.