Portuguese Podengo

Portuguese Podengo

Portuguese Podengo


The Portuguese Podengo dog is a breed that dates back to ancient times in Portugal. This is actually considered by the Portuguese to be their national breed. The Portuguese Podengo Dog was initially used in hunting down of smaller game, such as rabbits. Even now, it's still a good choice as a hunting companion.


It's advisable to allow Portuguese Podengo dogs to live outdoors in a secure, but wide fenced in area. These dogs are crafty and can escape easily from flimsy made fences. They like to run, play, and explore. They have quick and curious minds, and can find fun in almost any random object.


The Portuguese Podengo breed is actually surprisingly healthy. Their main concerns lie in their dental health. So a nice teeth cleaning every now and then is advisable. For bathing, dry shampoo usually does the trick. This dog can remain very clean, so bathing is less necessary than it is for other breeds.


The Portuguese Podengo is quite an amazing dog. They are of a smaller build, but are muscular, strong, and very capable. Their fur is often a mix of white and black, yellow, or brown. This dog is an impressive warrior of their species. They can make it through hot and cold weather, adapting to each one easily.


A Portuguese Podengo can have a rougher coat or a softer one. The rougher coats are usually found on dogs that have longer fur, whereas the softer ones are found in dogs of this breed with medium length fur. They shed normally, so brushing is good to help lessen loose hair.


Most Portuguese Podengos are of a happy and pleasant nature. There is a hint of seriousness to their personalities, and it is easy to see it if the dog is enduring a time of hardship. These dogs show an admirable strength and courage in the face of obstacles, and care greatly for their owners.


Training Portuguese Podengo dogs are not easy, nor hard. All these dogs require are a basic type of training by a fair-minded trainer. They will not respond well to those that try to use a more dominate type of training. Start at an early age and wait until they're at least 6 months old before agility training.