Portuguese Podengo

Other names: Portuguese Garenne Dog, Podengo Português

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The Portuguese Podengo is a dog of the primitive type, rustic, sober, of harmonious proportions, solidly built and with well-developed musculature. There are 2 varieties of coat in the Portuguese Podengo, one short and smooth and the other long and hard. There are also 3 sizes: small, medium and large. The gaits of the Portuguese Podengo are characterized by fast and free movements, as well as a light trot.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Portugal
Template Average
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 16 kg to 20 kg From 40 cm to 55 cm
Male From 16 kg to 20 kg From 40 cm to 55 cm
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History of the breed

The ancestors of the Portuguese Podengo would have been brought, during Antiquity, by the Phoenicians and the Romans on the Iberian Peninsula . The breed has gradually adapted to local specificities to approach its current standards. The variety of small Podengo Portuguese was developed from the 15th century, mainly by Portuguese sailors who sought easy hunting partner to carry.

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Physical features

His hair: either short and smooth, or long and hard. In all cases, it is moderately thick and devoid of undercoat. Presence of beard in the wire-haired variety.
Its color: fawn and yellow, all shades from pale to dark. Presence or no white markings.
Its head: shaped like a rectangular pyramid, lean and broad at its base. The skull is flat and almost straight, the superciliary arches protruding, the frontal furrow hardly noticeable, the occipital protuberance prominent and the stop very slightly noticeable. The muzzle is pointed, the nose of a darker color than that of the coat, the muzzle pointed and shorter than the skull, the jaws articulated in scissors and the cheeks dry and oblique.
His ears: erect, very lively, set obliquely and at the level of the line of the eyes. Carried vertically or a little forward when the dog is in action.
His eyes: small, obliquely placed, honey to brown in color depending on the hair color, displaying a lively look.
Its body: well proportioned, slightly longer than high (height at the withers) especially in the small variety. The neck is straight, long and strong, the top line horizontal, the withers very slightly marked, the back straight and long, the loins wide and muscular, the croup straight or slightly sloping, the chest well let down to the elbows and Moderately broad, the belly slightly raised and the sides dry.
Its tail: of medium length, thick at its attachment and tapering towards its end to end in a point. Drooping and slightly bent at rest, raised horizontally or carried like a sickle when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Portuguese Podengo is a lively and intelligent dog, used as a hunting, guard and companion dog. His balanced temperament , his great activity, his enthusiasm for work, his determination and his curiosity make him an outstanding hunter whatever his variety; the large one specializes in big game, the medium one used for rabbit hunting, while the smaller one also excels in finding and catching lagomorphs, but looking for them in their holes and other hiding places.

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The education of the Portuguese Podengo must be started from an early age, including the acquisition of recall . No form of brutality should be used against him. Conversely, it is recommended to bet on rewards and encouragement to boost his desire to learn and to please his master.

Living conditions

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

The Portuguese Podengo can adapt to apartment living, but it is not the ideal setting for this dog. He will prefer to evolve in a house with a large fenced garden and closer to nature.


Ease of gaining weight

The Portuguese Podengo is a hardy and hardy dog , for whom there is little to fear in terms of health as long as he receives the necessary care and attention.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Patella dislocation
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Portuguese Podengo dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Portuguese Podengo is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

The Portuguese Podengo sheds moderately. Its maintenance is easy , but it should not be neglected.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week . It can be washed occasionally , being careful not to deprive it of its protective greasy film.

Inspect the inside of his ears, hair and pads after outings, and trim his nails when they get too long. His teeth need to be brushed frequently in order to eliminate the build-up of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1500 €

The purchase price of a Portuguese Podengo is between € 500 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost

250 €
600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Portuguese Podengo is between € 250 and € 600.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Portuguese Podengo is naturally very active. He needs long daily walks and games to be stimulated and happy.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(KC) The Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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