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. They are a very energetic and happy dog that does best within a pack or at least with one other dog in the home. They are a social animal that also does well with children. They require a tall fence because they have the ability to jump unbelievably high. Strong and sturdy, they come in three distinct sizes. The Grande and Medio sizes are very similar and many registries do not distinguish between the two. Most registries do distinguish between the Portuguese Podengo and the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry

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. Their 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 variety 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, this canine 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 this noble dog 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 dog throughout the next 100 years. The first dog of this breed was imported into the United States in the 1990s. In 2004, the United Kennel Club began registering them and allowed them to compete in all UKC events. Many of these dogs 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. They are now a member of the Miscellaneous Class which is the last step before achieving full AKC status.

Portuguese Podengo Breed Appearance

This unique dog 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 Grande and Medio are many times lumped into the same category. The Grande or large stands between 22 and 28 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 44 and 66 pounds. The Medio or medium variety stands between 16 and 22 inches at the 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, and there is no undercoat. The wire coat variety does have a distinctive beard and moustache. They can be found in several colors including black, fawn, gold, chestnut, grey, and orange. The eyes are almond shaped and vary in color from amber to brown. The nose is self-colored but should be darker than the 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
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
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. Their 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 their natural state and should never be trimmed excessively. The smooth coat does have a double coat and will shed seasonally. They will need to be brushed more often when they are shedding. They do not require baths often, usually two to three times a year unless they get into something that is smelly. Between full baths, they can be freshened with a dry shampoo. The ears should be checked weekly and cleaned as needed to keep infections from occurring. Their nails should be trimmed every few weeks depending on how quickly they grow. Both varieties are not hypoallergenic.

Brushes for Portuguese Podengo
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
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 them. They are loyal to their family and are usually suspicious of strangers. Generally, they are good with children especially when they are raised with them. Because they are a sighthound, they will chase animals and vehicles through the neighborhood if they are 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. They may do fine with cats they have been raised with since puppyhood. An athlete, they perform well at dog sports such as lure coursing, agility, and flyball. Dog sports are a great way to bond with your Podengo and allow them to get the amount of exercise needed to stay happy and healthy. They are happiest when they have 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 the lack of canine companionship. A vocal canine, they like to bark and can easily become a pest if left alone for too long.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Portuguese Podengo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Portuguese Podengo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Portuguese Podengo size stats at six months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
Female Portuguese Podengo size stats at six months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Portuguese Podengo size stats at 12 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
Female Portuguese Podengo size stats at 12 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Portuguese Podengo size stats at 18 months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 50.5 lbs
Female Portuguese Podengo size stats at 18 months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 50.5 lbs

Portuguese Podengo Owner Experiences

2 Years
2 People
He's a great companion, needs to listen more
2 years, 4 months ago
3 Years
2 People
Poppy is so quirky. She likes to hide her treats around the house and will put her favorite toys in the laundry baskets for safe keeping
4 years, 6 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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