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.