Portuguese Podengo

Podengo Portugues, Portuguese Warren Hound

Depending on the size of the Portuguese Podengo, his functions may vary. The larger one stalks big game in his country, alone or in packs; the medium-size one is popular for hunting rabbits, and the smaller one makes an excellent companion dog. This strange primitive specimen can therefore make everyone happy, you just need to find the appropriate category for each owner.

Height 20 to 70 cm
Weight 4 to 30 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Home country Portugal

Quick Overview of the Portuguese Podengo


  • Primitive character
  • Very lively and awake
  • Reserved towards strangers
  • Affectionate with his family


  • Three different sizes (small, medium and large)
  • Very muscular and proportioned
  • Excellent bone structure
  • Good endurance at work


  • Hardy and robust
  • Rarely ill
  • Excellent health
  • No particular pathology

Temperament of the Portuguese Podengo

This funny dog ​​with a primitive character is very lively and alert. Rather reserved with strangers, he is very affectionate with his family.

His strong temperament requires a good education, as well as early socialization.

This primitive dog has remained very close to his wild origins. He is reserved with strangers, but devoted to his master and family.

Despite his natural reserve, he is compatible with all family situations. He has a mischievous side which delights children.

He has a very strong temperament, which the master must contain through a firm and adequate education. Despite his strong character, he is quite intelligent and quickly understands what is expected of him.

Well educated, he tends to obey naturally, and is not very recalcitrant. His education, however, must match his temperament, and must be undertaken as soon as possible.

Rather reserved with strangers, his socialization should not exacerbate this natural distrust, because he is already a guardian at heart.

His many qualities make him an excellent hunting dog, a good guardian and an adorable life companion. He can live anywhere, as long as he enjoys frequent outings and a chance to spend his abundant energy.

His primitive temperament requires a certain freedom of movement during his daily outings.

Breed Appearance

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This elongated hunting dog has three different sizes, but his physical characteristics remain the same, regardless of his size.

Very muscular and well proportioned, he has excellent bone structure, allowing him good endurance at work.


Between 20 and 70 cm (7.87 to 27.56 inches) for the male
Between 20 and 70 cm (7.87 to 27.56 inches) for the female


Between 4 and 30 kg (8.82 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 4 and 30 kg (8.82 to 66.14 pounds) for the female


The colors of his dress can vary between black, fawn and yellow. It can be unicolored and sometimes spotted.


His smooth coat is generally shorter than the rough one, which is longer. Short or long, it is of medium thickness without any undercoat.


His head, with a flat skull, has a slightly accentuated stop. His pretty little honey-colored eyes are oblique. His erect ears are medium in size, and have a triangular shape.

His nose is in harmony with the color of his dress, but a shade slightly darker than the latter. His tail almost reaches the hock when at rest.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 5, section 7 and is #94

Health of the Portuguese Podengo

Rustic and primitive, he's a very hardy dog, regardless of the category. Rarely ill, he enjoys excellent health.

This breed is not linked to any particular pathology or disease. Specimens generally enjoy a good life expectancy, depending on their category.


No matter the size or variety of the coat's hair, vigorous brushing every now and then is enough to keep his fleece looking beautiful, clean and healthy.

A brushing may be required after a hunting episode, but the maintenance of his coat needs little time, and is relatively easy, because no other maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

Born in Portugal, the Portuguese Podengo is said to originate from Antiquity, where his Egyptian ancestor would have arrived in the country with the Phoenician and Cretan travelers around 1000 BC.

The Greyhound, coming from the Nile valley at the time, would have evolved differently depending on his breeding region. Even if nothing is officially confirmed on this subject, it does seem that the Portuguese Podengo has the same Egyptian ancestor as all other Podencos.

In Portugal, he became the Portuguese Podengo; in the Canaries, the Podenco Canario; in the island of Malta, the Pharaoh Hound; in the Balearic Islands, the Ibizan Hound and in Sicily, the Cirneco dell'Etna.

Distributed especially in the North of the country, he is, like other Podencos, endowed with excellent natural aptitudes, making an extraordinary hunting dog, used to hunt rabbits either in packs or alone.

Unlike others like him, he also makes an excellent watchdog, warning of the slightest intrusion in his territory. Easily combining hunting and guarding skills, he is also popular as a companion dog.

This charming dog comes in two different coat varieties, either smooth or wired coat, as well as three different sizes, small, medium and large. Except for the size and the coat, the character, as well as temperament of the dog remain exactly the same, whether small, medium or large.

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