Podenco Canario

Other names: Canarian Warren Hound, Canarian Warren Hound

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The Podenco Canario, or Canary Islands Dog, has been used for rabbit hunting for centuries, but it is also a wonderful companion. He is totally loyal to his master and shows unlimited courage in all circumstances. Of medium height, slender and endowed with lean muscles, he is very active and determined.



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Hair type Short
Origin Spain
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 24 kg to 25 kg From 53 cm to 60 cm
Male From 24 kg to 25 kg From 55 cm to 64 cm
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History of the breed

As its name suggests, the Podenco Canario is native to the Canary Islands , a Spanish archipelago located off the coast of northwestern Africa. His ancestors were brought from Egypt in Egyptian, Phoenician, Carthaginian or even Greek ships. The race is very old , since it is represented on more than one pharaoh’s tomb.

This dog is traditionally bred for rabbit or even ferret hunting. He distinguished himself in this practice thanks to his courage, his powerful sense of smell, his resistance and his ability to evolve on the most difficult terrain.

Physical features

His hair : short, smooth and dense.
Its color : more or less intense red (orange to mahogany red) and white.
Its head : long and in the shape of a truncated cone. The skull is flattened, the stop lightly marked and the nose broad.
Its ears : large, slightly erect on the sides when the dog is awake, with pointed ends, wide at birth.
Her eyes : small, almond-shaped, more or less dark amber in accordance with the dress, displaying an intelligent and noble expression.
His body : writable in a rectangle (slightly longer than high). The neck is muscular and supple, the back strong, the chest well developed without going down to the elbow, the belly raised.
Its tail : set low and in line with the rump, hanging or carried in a sickle, never rolled up.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Podenco Canario has all the qualities of a hunting dog: powerful flair , unwavering determination and remarkable courage . Full of energy and dynamic, he can tend to be nervous, without being aggressive. Towards his master, the Podenco Canario is a dog of total loyalty and attachment .

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The energetic character of the Podenco Canario can be put to good use in his education through play, as can his desire to please his master. Learning based on positive reinforcement , focusing on reward and encouragement, makes them an obedient dog.

His education must be firm and precocious, but fair . In other words, without any form of brutality. The Podenco Canario also needs to benefit from a complete and quality socialization , in particular to temper its hunting instincts in the face of small animals.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Even if it is medium in size, the Podenco Canario would be much happier and more fulfilled in a house with a large fenced garden , ideally closer to nature, than in an apartment. This breed is aimed mainly at active owners , willing to make him exercise daily, because the dog has a great need to exercise.


Ease of gaining weight

The Podenco Canario is a resistant dog and able to withstand high temperatures. This does not mean that it should be exposed to strong heat. Like all its congeners, it must be sheltered from the sun by staying in the shade, in a cool place and by having fresh water regularly renewed. It must also be protected from the cold.

Endowed with robust health , the Podenco Canario remains exposed, like most dogs of its size, to the risk of hip dysplasia.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Podenco Canario dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Podenco Canario is, on average, between 12 and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Due to its short coat and rustic character, the Podenco Canario is a dog that does not pose any great difficulty in terms of maintenance .

The coat of the Podenco Canario needs to be brushed once a week . In general, the hygiene measures to be applied with this dog are common to most breeds: brushing the teeth, inspecting and cleaning the eyes, the inside of the ears and the pads, application of an antiparasitic solution, etc.

Price and budget

Purchase price


The purchase price of a Podenco Canario is between NC and NC.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Podenco Canario is between 450 € and 650 €.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Podenco Canario is a great sportsman who needs to stay active. This dog calls for long daily walks , punctuated by games and activities where he can both exert himself and appeal to his senses. He appreciates outings in the forest or in the countryside.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1987


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