Pequeno Medio and Grande Smooth and Wirehaired

Wirehaired Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

l he Portuguese Podengo is a very old breed with a known history dating as far back as the 12 th century. She was used as a hunting dog throughout most of her history, both to rid farms and homes of vermin and to put food on the table.

The Portuguese Podengo is found in three sizes. The Pequeno is the smallest, at 8 to 12 inches tall and 9 to 13 pounds. This dog is solid, small, and short-legged so that she can enter burrows and rabbit warrens. The Medio is in the middle, at 15 to 22 inches and 35 to 44 pounds. She is longer-legged than the Pequeno. The Grande is the largest variety and is very rare. All three sizes have upright prick ears, a tapered muzzle in balance with the head, expressive eyes, and a high, curved tail. There are two coat types: a smooth coat and a terrierlike wire coat. The coat colors vary but include fawn, red, and white, with or without patches of color.

The grooming needs of this breed vary. Both coat types need at least twice weekly brushing. The wire coat has a beard, which may need cleaning to remove dirt and food particles. Many pet owners trim the wire coat to keep the dog neat and clean.

All three sizes of this breed were used as hunting dogs and retain those hunting instincts. Their daily exercise should always be on leash or within a fenced-in area, because if a rabbit or squirrel is flushed, these dogs will chase it.

Because the Portuguese Podengo is a very good watchdog, early socialization is important so that she can become comfortable with people outside of her family. Early training is also needed; this is a bright breed who is very curious. Training can channel her mind in productive ways. The breed enjoys agility and flyball training.

This adaptable breed can live in the city or suburbs but does need an active owner who will do things with her. She is great with children who treat her well but is not always good with small pets. This is a healthy breed.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC FSS, UKC,

ARBA Occupation: Hunter, watchdog Size: Pequeno: 8 to 12 in tall; 9 to 13 lbs

Medio: 15 to 22 in tall; 35 to 44 lbs

Grande: 22+ in tall; 44+ lbs Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Moderate Training: Moderate Grooming: Moderate

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^^e Portuguese Pointer (or Perdigueiro Portugues) is descended from old Spanish hunting dogs dating as far back as the 12 th century. The breed was used for hunting upland game birds, waterfowl, and sometimes even rabbits. In the 1700s, dogs were taken from Portugal to England, where the breed had an influence on the development of the English Pointer.

English Pointer Head

This breed stands between 20 and 22 inches tall and weighs 35 to 59 pounds. The head is distinctively square, with an abrupt stop and a wide muzzle. The eyes are large and oval-shaped, and the ears are dropped. The body is as long as the dog is tall, creating a square when viewed from the side. The tail is docked to half its length. The coat is short and flat and can be any shade of yellow or brown, with or without white markings.

Groom this coat by brushing it weekly with a soft bristle brush.

Breed expert Temple DaSilva says, "The breed is rather active but not with nervous energy. They should have opportunities to run as this is a sporting breed." DaSilva adds that the breed is very playful, athletic, and clever. Although the breed retains its ancient hunting instincts, it's not necessary for the dog to be in a hunting home; however, the dog should have a chance to run every day.

Portuguese Pointers are very people-oriented and very affectionate. They are also quite trainable. The training should be structured yet fun. They typically bond more strongly with one family member and may respond to training better with that person than with other family members.

This breed needs an owner who will enjoy an affectionate dog. This is not a reserved or standoffish breed who will relish life in the backyard; these dogs want to be with their people most of the time. The breed is great with kids. DaSilva says, "The breed's compact size makes for a good family pet, and the dogs have lots of energy for kids." The breed is also good with other family pets. Health concerns include hip dysplasia.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC FSS, UKC Occupation: Hunter Size: 20 to 22 in tall; 35 to 59 lbs

Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Daily run Training: Easy; very affectionate Grooming: Easy

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