Dogo Canario

An ancient dog breed, the Podengo Português has been kept by humans for a variety of different purposes, from hunting to companionship. Lively and affectionate, the Podengo Português makes a wonderful family pet. The Podengo Português is also known as the Portuguese Podengo and the Portuguese Warren Hound. This breed is divided into three different size categories, which are small, medium and large. As its name suggests the Portuguese Podengo hails from Portugal. It belongs to the hound group of dog breeds.

History

The Portuguese Podengo is an ancient breed, which has been used throughout history for its strong hunting skills. Originally, this breed was used by Phoenician traders in 600 BC. This breed reached Portugal around 700 BC, and in the country, various different sizes of the breed were developed. The Podengo Grande was used primarily for hunting larger prey, like wild boar.

Characteristics

The Portuguese Podengo can be separated into three different sizes, which are Pequeno, which is the smallest, Medio, which is medium sized and Grande, which is the largest. The Podengo Pequeno ranges from 8 to 12 inches in height, and weighs around 9 to 13 pounds. The Podengo Medio measures between...

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