Portuguese Podengo

35-66 lbs
Portuguese Hound, Portuguese Podengo Grande, Portuguese Podengo Medio

The Portuguese Podengo is a rare breed that closely resembles his cousins: the Pharaoh Hound, Cirneco dell Etna and Ibizan Hound. He is a very energetic and happy dog that does best within a pack or at least with one other dog in the home. He is a social animal that also does well with children. He does require a tall fence; he has the ability to jump unbelievably high. The Portuguese Podengo comes in three distinct sizes. The Grande and Medio sizes are very similar and many registries do not distinguish between these two sizes. Most registries do distinguish between the Portuguese Podengo and the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno. 

Date of Origin

Portuguese Podengo Health

Average Size
Male Portuguese Podengo size stats
Height: 16-28 inches Weight: 35-66 lbs
Female Portuguese Podengo size stats
Height: 16-28 inches Weight: 35-66 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Muscle Strains
  • Foot and Toenail Injuries
Minor Concerns
  • Eye Injuries
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Portuguese Podengo Breed History

The Portuguese Podengo is thought to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. His overall appearance has not changed much through the centuries from the dogs brought over to the Iberian Peninsula by the Romans and Phoenicians over 2,000 years ago. The larger Portuguese Podengo was originally bred to hunt boar and deer whereas the medium Portuguese Podengo was bred to hunt rabbit and other small game. Other hounds were brought into the Iberian Peninsula from across North Africa and bred to the ancient Portuguese Podengo during the Moorish Invasion in the 8th century. Today, the Portuguese Podengo is listed as one of the ten National Dogs of Portugal. This includes all three sizes and both coat types. The Clube Portugues de Canicultura or the Portuguese Kennel Club has chosen the Portuguese Podengo as its official symbol. The Club do Podengo Portugues was formed in the early 1900s and is the national breed club in Portugal. The CPP has closely monitored the breeding and registering of adults and puppies. The breed saw a sharp decline in numbers at the beginning of the 1900s. Many people of Portugal’s upper class contributed to the resurrection of the Portuguese Podengo throughout the next 100 years. The first Portuguese Podengo was imported into the United States in the 1990s. In 2004, the United Kennel Club began registering the Portuguese Podengo and allowed him to compete in all UKC events. Many of the Portuguese Podengos living within the United States are registered with the CPP and many litters born abroad have been registered with the CPP. In 2004, the Portuguese Podengo was allowed into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service. He is now a member of the Miscellaneous Class which is the last step before achieving full AKC status.

Portuguese Podengo Breed Appearance

The Portuguese Podengo can be found in three different sizes and two different coat types. The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is being recognized by the AKC as a separate breed, however, the Portuguese Podengo Grande and Portuguese Podengo Medio are many times lumped into the same category. The Grande or large stands between 22 and 28 inches at his shoulder and weighs between 44 and 66 pounds. The Medio or medium variety stands between 16 and 22 inches at his shoulder and weighs between 35 and 45 pounds. There are two different coat textures: smooth and wire. The smooth coat variety has a short, double coat that is dense and coarse to the touch. The wire coat variety is harsh and moderately dense, there is no undercoat. The wire coat variety does have a distinctive beard and moustache. He can be found in several colors including black, fawn, gold, chestnut, grey, and orange. His eyes are almond shaped and vary in color from amber to brown. His nose is self colored but should be darker than his coat color, usually black or brown. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Portuguese Podengo eyes
amber Portuguese Podengo eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Portuguese Podengo nose
brown Portuguese Podengo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Portuguese Podengo coat
gray Portuguese Podengo coat
fawn Portuguese Podengo coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Portuguese Podengo wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

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.

Brushes for Portuguese Podengo
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Portuguese Podengo requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Portuguese Podengo Temperament

The Portuguese Podengo is a smart dog that is always alert and watching what is going on around him. He is loyal to his family and is usually suspicious of strangers. Generally, he is good with children especially when he is raised with children. Because he is a sighthound, he will chase animals and vehicles through the neighborhood if he is not properly contained behind a fence or being walked on a leash. Small pets will be seen as prey and need to be closely watched when out of their cages. He may do fine with cats that he has been raised with since puppyhood. The Portuguese Podengo does great at dog sports such as lure coursing, agility and flyball. Dog sports are a great way to bond with your Podengo and allow him to get the amount of exercise needed to stay happy and healthy. He is happiest when he has at least one other dog in the household. Podengos without another dog in the home should have more one on one time with humans to compensate for his lack of canine companionship. He does like to bark and can easily become a pest if left alone for too long.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Portuguese Podengo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Portuguese Podengo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Portuguese Podengo size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female Portuguese Podengo size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Male Portuguese Podengo size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female Portuguese Podengo size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 35 lbs
18 Months
Male Portuguese Podengo size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 50 lbs
Female Portuguese Podengo size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 50 lbs

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