* Is A Podengo Right For Me
Portuguese Podengos are loyal, empathetic, caring, intelligent, courageous, agile, intense, curious and cunning. Given opportunity they will hunt from sunrise to sunset. They have incredible work ethic with each sense equally developed to create the perfect hunting machine. Podengos don't let much stand in the way of them and their prey, including gates, fences and doors. Here's where the intelligence comes in... where there's a will, there's a way. Podengos are fantastic escape artists. Podengos are friendly with people and other dogs. They are easily trainable but will almost always choose the hunt instinct over whatever it is you have that you thought might win the battle for attention. They are very loyal and loving to their "people", but are not needy or dependent on them. They are great problem solvers and will usually find a way to have that fun that you are trying to stop them from having. Usually they do it so cleverly that you can't help but appreciate it. Podengos communicate with us through barks to get our attention, pointing at what they want with their noses and often with a paw on your shoulder that seems to say, "I understand and am here for you". They love to dig, and by dig I mean DIG! I have seen Podengo holes large enough for two kids to hide in as well as what I call "ankle breakers"; those little holes that you don't see until your foot turns sideways in one. Podengos are easy to housetrain and naturally clean. They shed very little and require very little grooming. They are notorious for resource guarding food and other valuables with other dogs (but rarely towards people). They bark quite often and can produce a loud, shrill bark known to Portuguese hunters as a "maticar". Podengos don't do well with negative reinforcement or physical corrections but respond well to positive reinforcement. They do great with owners who appreciate what they are and do not expect them to be anything other than what they are, an unrefined, primitive real dog with independence and superior intelligence.
* Health Concerns
There are very few health concerns in the Portuguese Podengo Medio and Grande. Allergies and itchiness are probably the only confirmed issue in the breed. The breed is a hardy breed and has been selectively bred for many years to weed out health concerns. Even when closely bred the Medios and Grandes have produced very few problems. Thyroid testing is recommended on all breeding Medios and Grandes as deficiencies have been found in the breed, especially in the largest size.
There are some health concerns for the Pequenos including Luxating Patellas and possibly Progressive Retinal Atrophy.