Podengo Português FCI Standard
The Portuguese term «Podengo» refers to the dog that is tasked to hunt in packs. It also describes very accurately the original assignment of the Portuguese Podengo. This dog was predominantly used in pack hunting on rabbits. In Portugal, this furry animal inhabits mostly rocky cracks and dense briars rather than hides in subterranean forms. The smaller variety of the breed was supposed to flush the rabbit from its concealment and the larger dog’s duty was to catch and dispatch it. It was praised for its adaptability, agility and unparalleled endurance.
In households the Portuguese Warren Hound served as a superb ratter and a mouser. During the Moorish occupation its hunting prowess alongside with profusion of rabbits in this area greatly helped to survive local human population. First depictions of the breed appeared in the Portuguese and Roman art works in the X and XI centuries. Later this dog was granted a status of the National Breed of Portugal.
The Portuguese Podengo has initially arrived to the United States in the 90s of XX century. The breed is acknowledged by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). It was registered by the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service, which is an initial step towards its full recognition with this club. Nowadays the Portuguese Warren Hound is dispersed throughout the US where it’s mostly used as a companion dog. It’s the most popular hunting breed in its homelands but some dogs also took part incredibly successfully in agility, rally and obedience events.
The Portuguese Podengo expresses its natural wariness when it meets unfamiliar people. Nevertheless it can’t be described as snappy and won’t resort to violence unless intensely provoked. This dog is essentially a primitive breed with deeply ingrained primitive instincts. This means it can be really possessive and will act aggressively if someone encroaches on the stuff and food it perceives its own. Thanks to sharp outsight and permanent alertness it can be turned into a quite decent watchdog. However, the breed lacks necessary ferociousness to become a reasonable guard dog.
The Portuguese Warren Hound was developed specially for hunting in a pack and therefore it has very few issues with other dogs. It will happily share its life with one or several other canines, the more the merrier. Street animals can’t be safe around this dog because it perceives almost every moving object as a prey. But it can get used to the presence of a household cat or other pet if they have been introduced to each other since a very young age.
• legg-calve-perthes disease;
• patellar luxation.
In grooming of the smooth-coated Portuguese Warren Hound it’s better to apply a rubber curry brush or a hound mitt while a pin brush is probably better suited for the wire-coated one. The dog with longer hair won’t need regular trimming as it’s supposed to look a little bit unattended. It should be bathed only every three to six months or if it has been out working in the field. The breed sheds very little.
With reward-based techniques you can achieve much better results with this breed. The Portuguese Warren Hound eagerly soaks up new things and is capable of grasping very complicated tricks. This breed also excels in number of dog’s sports especially in obedience competitions.
The Portuguese Podengo fits much better in rural surrounding since it hates being trapped in a small city apartment. This hardy dog is capable of going through virtually any physical activity no matter how challenging it is. It does pretty badly without proper amount of exercise and then it usually turns into a destructive, fidgety, aggressive and hyperactive creature.
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