The Portuguese Podengo is a sight and scent hound from Portugal. The Podengo comes in three sizes with two hair coats (smooth and wire coat). Described as hardy, intelligent, and independent, Podengos are amenable to training by experienced dog people.
They are very active and usually good with children and other animals, especially when socialized from an early age. They are watchful and observant and will bark when something gets their attention. They are excellent jumpers and climbers, and need a secure fence. The breed is a digger and will need much mental and physical stimulation. The breed does not require extensive grooming and its coat should never be trimmed.
The life expectancy of the Portugese Podengo is 10-14 years.
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