Portuguese Podengo Breed Maintenance
The Portuguese Podengo is generally easy to keep groomed. His coat needs to be brushed weekly to remove loose and dead hairs. Both coat varieties should be brushed with a natural bristle brush or a slicker brush. A rubber curry comb or a hound mitt can also be used. A metal comb is needed to comb through the beard of the wirehair. The wirehair is to be left in his natural state and should never be trimmed excessively. The smooth coat does have a double coat and will shed seasonally. He will need brushed more often when he is shedding. He does not require baths often, usually two to three times a year unless he gets into something that is smelly. Between full baths, he can be freshened with a dry shampoo. His ears should be checked weekly and cleaned as needed to keep infections from occurring. His nails should be trimmed every few weeks depending on how quickly they grow. Both varieties are not hypoallergenic.