The Portuguese Podengo is one of the ancient multi-sensory breeds-sight and scent. This breed originates from Portugal and is found in three sizes.Although a small breed, the Podengo comes in three sizes:
Each of these sizes has two types of hair coats smooth and wire-haired.This breed also is unique in temperament.These dogs love to hunt in a pack and with their human companion.Each dog is capable of hunting game similar to their size and bringing it back to their pet parent.The Pequeno sized prefers its rabbits, the Medio will hunt rabbits and wild boar and Grande will hunt deer and wild boar.
The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno has become eligible to compete in all classes in the AKC on January 1, 2013.
Appearance: The wire-haired Podengo is a small sized breed with a rough coat.This single coat hardly sheds.There are also smooth coated Podengoes, which are smaller in size and come with a thicker coat.These dogs are easy to groom and their coats naturally sheds mud and dust after hunting.Their coat also dries quickly after swimming.
Height: 8-12 inches
Weight: 9-13 Pounds
Temperament: The Podengo Pequeno breed is sociable, friendly , lively and intelligent.They are fun to be around and are good with children.Nontheless ,these dogs need to be socialized from a very young age.They do enjoy being around their human companions.The Podengo needs to be on leash most times when in training.They are independent thinkers and love to go out on their own.Positive training is recommended.Sometimes pet parents are faced with some behavioral difficulties with this breed such as loud persistent barking,inattentiveness,digging to escape, aggression among other dogs and food guarding and hoarding.They are loyal and fearless but need to have some house rules.
The average lifespan is 15-17 years.
In both the US and the Uk, the Podengo is classified in the Hound Group.
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