About Podengo Portuguese

Short about the breed

Portugal’s national breed, Podengo Portuguese, is a dog that originates from the Egypt pharaoh dog. In Portugal, it is known since the end of the 12th century and is used for, among other things, hunting rabbits, wild boar etc, rat catchers and alarms at the farms, but also as a wonderful pet dog.

As shown at the photos, the podengo is available in 6 different breeds divided into three sizes with two fur types. The sizes are Pequeno / small 20-30 cm 4-6 kg, Medio / between 40-54 cm 16-20 kg, and Grande / large 55-70 cm 20-30 kg, and the fur types are Liso / smooth haired and Cerdoso / wired haired.

The breed is active with a lot of energy, a robust and allround breed that can successfully be used for various activities such as Agility, bloodtracking, Nosework and Lure Coursing, the latter is a form of hunting with artificial rabbit (a cloth).

Fur care

The podengo coat is very easy to take care of and requires no special care. The wired haired variant does not have to be trimmed, but some people pick around the ears and the eyes if the dog is very furry.


The colors should be yellow, fawn, in all shades from light to very dark with or without white signs, or have white primer with spots in the colors described. The following colors are also accepted at the smallest (pequeno), however this colours are not desirable: black or brown with or without white characters or white primer with stains in these colors. Color that is brindle, black and tan, three-colored or completely white is not approved.

Below you can read an interesting article about tri colored and tan points podengos, written by Åke Esperi, a breeder in Sweden.

This and that about the podengo

The podengo belongs to group 5 according to FCI classification and is sorting under “Svenska Vinthundsklubben“. This means, among other things, that podengos are allowed to participate in Lure Coursing, something that many podengos really love and become really good at. During the LC test, the dog is judged on the basis of five criteria; endurance, mobility, enthusiasm, adherence and speed. These criterias get some points and the dogs with the highest total score will be best placed and receive certificate. Based on certain criteria the dog can also become the official Lure Coursing Champion.


More about Lure Coursing, the breed, activities, podengo clubs etc. you can find under the tab links.

Many thanks to Mary Kvarnström, Åke Esperi, Monika Johansson, Mimi Albrecht, Irene Öberg, Eija Tammi, Carol Cheney och Tuija Kotka-Ritavuori who helped us with the photos at the dogs above.

The dogs shown at this page are:

Pequeno Liso: Feuer Frei Jägermeister ”Ressu”
Pequeno Cerdoso: Krullets Kalle ”Kenzo”
Medio Liso: Epico Da Aquae Flaviae ”Epico”
Medio Cerdoso: Irdalens Spellbound ”Freddie”
Grande Liso: Camaro do Vale de Fermedo ”Camaro”
Grande Cerdoso: Alvao Do Alto Da Cideira ”Alvao”