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Portuguese Podengo

Breed origin: Portugal
Original purpose: Hunting dog.

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Weight: 9 to 13 lbs
Size: Height: 8 to 12 inches
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Color: Any shade of yellow or fawn, with white markings, or white with yellow or fawn markings.

Life span: 12 to 19 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Portuguese Podengo is agile, elegant, hardy, intelligent, lively, fearless, and loyal. They have exceptional senses of sight, hearing, and smell. They are easy to train, and excel in many canine sports. They make excellent watchdogs and companions. They are very agile, and are very good jumpers and climbers. Most of them like to dig also, so fences must be high enough to prevent jumping and secured at the bottom to prevent digging out of the fence.

Good with children? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, hunting, lure coursing

Exercise requirement: They require a secure fenced-in area where they can safely run off-leash.

Grooming requirement: Both coat varieties have a single coat (with no undercoat) and are considered low-shedding. Brush once weekly. Bathe infrequently only as needed, no more than once every 3 to 6 months. The smooth coat is extremely low maintenance - it sheds dirt naturally and dries very quickly.

Known health problems: Legg-Calves-Perthes disease, patellar luxation.

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Portuguese Podengo Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page

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