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Portuguese Podengo

Portuguese Podengo

Portuguese Podengo Characteristics: The sociable and resilient Portuguese Podengo is a breed of small dog classified as a member of the Hound Dog Group.

The Portuguese Podengo, is characterized by its alert, sturdy, lively appearance with a short, compact body, lean, wedge-shaped head and a friendly, tenacious expression.

Other characteristics include medium sized, almond shaped, slightly slanting, light to dark brown colored eyes; thin, tall, triangular shaped ears that taper to a fine point; a high set, curved tail and a fast, fluid gait. The temperament of the Portuguese Podengo can be described as Hardy, Lively, Companionable.

The coat type of the Portuguese Podengo is described as varied coat types (smooth or wiry) in assorted colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Portuguese Podengo demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog, Hunting dog (sighthound and scenthound) and is known by its nick name the "Militaryren Hound". The origin of the Portuguese Podengo dog breed was in Portugal where it was developed in the Ancient Times.

Portuguese Podengo Breed Group and Dog Type - Hound Dog Group: The Portuguese Podengo is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Hound Dog Group.

Other names for the Portuguese Podengo: The Portuguese Podengo is known by the nickname of the "Militaryren Hound". Other names for this breed of dog include the Portuguese Hound, Smooth Portuguese Podengo Medio and Portuguese Podengo Grande.

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Portuguese Podengo" derives from its country of origin, Portugal. The word 'Podengo' is used to describe to packs of hunting dogs. Another famous dog from Portugal is the Portuguese Water Dog.

Portuguese Podengo - Sighthound: The Portuguese Podengo is a multi-sensory hound (scent hound and sighthound) built for endurance, with excellent eyesight to track small game, especially hare and rabbits.

Portuguese Podengo History and Origin: The country of origin of the Portuguese Podengo breed was developed in Portugal. The dogs were imported to Portugal by Phoenician traders and the Romans. The Portuguese Podengo was commonly used to hunt rabbits, weasel, hare, mongoose, and the civet cat in  Portugal.

The Portuguese Podengo comes in a wire or smooth coat and various sizes The Grande Portuguese Podengo weighs 44 to 66 pounds; the Medio Portuguese Podengo weighs 35 to 45 pounds; and the little Pequeno weighs 10 to 13 pounds. A Medio Portuguese Podengo is able to produce Grande pups, and vice versa.  The Grande Portuguese Podengo was also used to hunt bigger game such as the bear and the wild boar.

Portuguese Podengo Modern History: The modern history of the Portuguese Podengo moved on and the breed is now used as a family pet and companion. The Portuguese Podengo has appeared in several movies, including the 1995 movie the Three Wishes, Zeus and Roxanne (1997 movie) and Soccer Dog (1999). The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2013.

Portuguese Podengo Height: The Portuguese Podengo breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 8 - 12 inches (20 - 31 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.

Portuguese Podengo Weight: The weight of this small sized dog, in a male dog is 9 - 13 pounds (4 - 6 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.

Portuguese Podengo Coat Type: The coat type is described as varied coat types (smooth or wiry). The term "Wire" refers to coarse hair.

Portuguese Podengo Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of yellow, fawn or black with white markings.

Portuguese Podengo Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Portuguese Podengo is categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Portuguese Podengo are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Portuguese Podengo Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 4 - 6 puppies. Portuguese Podengo puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Portuguese Podengo puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Portuguese Podengo Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Sociable, Hardy, Lively, Companionable and Resilient.

Portuguese Podengo Exercise Requirements - LOW Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is low. The Portuguese Podengo requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes to one hour every day. This small dog has a lively, fluid gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.

Portuguese Podengo Diet: A fully grown Portuguese Podengo should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Portuguese Podengo Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Portuguese Podengo breed include Inherited, genetic diseases. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Portuguese Podengo dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Portuguese Podengo Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Portuguese Podengo breed is 12 - 14 years.

Portuguese Podengo Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Portuguese Podengo breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Portuguese Podengo names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Hazard *** Gustavo *** Manuel *** Pedro *** Miguel *** Fernando *** RodrigoMiguel *** Nort *** Jorge *** Bernardo *** Thomas.

Portuguese Podengo Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Portuguese Podengo names are Liliana *** Maria *** Rita *** Marla *** Raquel *** Carina *** Bella *** Lara *** Luisa *** Madalena *** Flavia *** Bia.

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