The Portuguese Podengo – A Loyal and Energetic Companion
The Portuguese Podengo is an ancient breed that can be traced back to the Pharaohs of Egypt. It is believed that this breed was brought to Portugal by North African traders around 700 BC. The Portuguese used these dogs for hunting small game such as rabbits, but also larger prey like wild boar. They were considered a valuable asset in rural areas where they protected their owners from predators and helped with herding livestock.
There are three different sizes of the Portuguese Podengo: Grande (large), Medio (medium) and Pequeno (small). The Grande typically weighs between 44-66 pounds and stands at 22-28 inches tall, while the Medio weighs between 35-44 pounds and stands at about 16-21 inches tall. Finally, the Pequeno ranges from just under nine to thirteen inches in height. This breed has short hair that comes in several colors including yellow, red or black.
Portuguese Podengos are known for being intelligent, energetic dogs with a strong willpower. They bond closely with their families but can be independent-minded if not trained properly from an early age. This breed’s hunting instincts mean they may have a high prey drive which makes them prone to chasing smaller animals like cats or squirrels.
While generally healthy, some podengos may develop ear infections due to their large ears which trap moisture easily. Additionally, they may be prone to certain genetic conditions such as hip dysplasia or epilepsy so it’s important for owners to stay up-to-date on preventative care measures recommended by their veterinarian.
Due to this breeds active nature; daily exercise is important â€“ consisting of walks twice per day along with some playtime outside which provides mental stimulation too!
Their short-haired coats require minimal grooming however regular brushing will help maintain their coatâ€™s shine.
Portuguese Podengos are intelligent dogs which require a firm and consistent training approach. Positive reinforcement techniques, such as using treats for desired behavior, can be helpful in keeping your dog motivated during training.
Compatibility with Children/Pets:
This breed is typically good with children as they are loyal and protective of their families; however, young children should always be supervised around any animal to prevent unwanted interactions. Additionally, early socialization and proper introduction to other household pets like cats or dogs can improve the chances of peaceful coexistence between different animals in the home.
One unique trait of this breed is their strong sense of hearing â€“ they have been known to bark at even minor disturbances outside such as birds chirping or leaves rustling! This sensitivity may take some getting used to but makes them excellent watchdogs.
While this breed has not appeared frequently on television or movies yet there was an instance when a group of Portuguese Podengo pequenos stole the show from more experienced competitors by winning Best In Group at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2013. Known for its curious appearance and spirit; itâ€™s no wonder that owners rave about these little charmers!