The Portuguese Podengo dog breed is not yet a household name like the Labrador Retriever or the Yorkshire Terrier, but it is arguably more ancient and every bit as popular!
The Portuguese Podengo hails from far south of the border in the country of Portugal.
In fact, in Portugal, this isn’t just one dog breed, but three, divided by size into Grande (large), Medio (medium), and Pequeno (small).
The breed is considered healthy and has no significant health problems. The small variety of podengo has an average lifespan of 15-17 years, while lifespans of the medium and large variety may vary.
The Portuguese podengo is considered one of the oldest dog breeds. It has not changed much from its predecessors, dogs who were brought by the Romans and Phoenicians to the Iberian Peninsula over 2,000 years ago.
In the early days, the Grande breed was considered a “boar hunter for nobility,” and the Medio and Pequeno were called “rabbit hunters for the people.”
There are two coat types that are recognized in the Portuguese Podengo dog breed (all three sizes).
Both types of coat require very little grooming — a weekly brushing is plenty.