Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 20-30, Female: 16-20
Height: Male: 22-28, Female: 16-22
Origin of Name: The Portuguese Podengo, also known as the Podengo Português or Portuguese Warren Hound.
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The possible origins of the Portuguese podengo date back to 600 BC with primitive, multi-purpose Hunting Dogs received, used and distributed by Phoenician traders and reaching Portugal in 700 BCE. This is evidenced by the artifacts found under the Lisbon Cathedral. Podengos were developed in Portugal in various sizes due to their functionality, the largest being Podango Grande, developed for deer and wild boar hunting. This will end the big game and await the hunter's gun. Podengo medio, being small, was used for rabbit hunting. Due to the relative isolation of Portugal at the western end of Europe, in contrast to the other two sizes, the medio evolved into its present form without much influence from other breeds and, as a result, has the most strongly established and homogeneous type and the greatest genetic stability. Three sizes. Medio embodies the authentic type of Portuguese podengo.
The Portuguese Podengo is one of the ten national dogs of Portugal and has the honor of being the symbol of the Portuguese Kennel Club (Clube Portugues de Canticura or CPC). Club du Podengo Portugues (CPP) is the national breed club in Portugal. Ironically, for this breed, which has evolved as a people's dog for the last 2,000 years in Medio and Pecino sizes, many members of Portugal's upper classes have been involved in efforts to preserve and improve the breed over the last 100 years , Who saw this and among the other nine indigenous breeds is an essential element of national conservatism.
The first pure Portuguese Podengos arrived in the United States in the 1990s and now live in more than forty-five states. The first documented Portuguese podengo of any size in the US was Portuguese podengo medios with imported wirehairs in August 1994.