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FCI-Standard N° 94
(Podengo Português) 

TRANSLATION : Portuguese Kennel Club. Revised by Jennifer
Mulholland and Renée Sporre-Willes
ORIGIN : Portugal.
STANDARD : 04.11.2008.
UTILIZATION : Hunting dog, watch dog and companion dog
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types.
Section 7 Primitive type Hunting Dogs. Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : Primitive type dog, it
probably originates from the ancient dogs brought by the
Phoenicians and Romans to the Iberian Peninsula in the Classic
Antiquity. It was subsequently influenced by the introduction of
dogs accompanying the Moors in their invasions in the 8th century. It
adapted to the Portuguese terrain and climate, to become what is
nowadays known as the Portuguese Warren Hound. It evolved
morphologically throughout the centuries due to its functionality,
with the small variety being selected, from the 15th century on, as a
ratter on the Caravels of the Portuguese navigators.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Quadrangular pyramidal head, with
erect ears, sickle shaped tail, well proportioned, with sound
construction and well muscled; very lively and intelligent; sober and
rustic. It exists in three sizes, with two varieties of coat: smooth and

Large and Medium-sized Podengo : Almost square (Submediolinear) of large or medium substance respectively. 

Ratio of length of body to height at the withers: 11/10 and depth of
chest to height at withers: 1/2.

Small Podengo : Body slightly longer than high (Sub-longilinear), of
small stature. The length of the body is slightly more than the height
at withers with a ratio length of body/height at the withers: 6/5 and
depth of chest /height at withers: 1/2.
In all varieties, the muzzle length is less than the skull length.

Large Podengo : used for hunting big game.
Medium Podengo : also known as Warren Hound, its natural
aptitude as a rabbit hunter is well used, hunting either in a pack or
Small Podengo : used for searching rabbits in holes and rocks.
All varieties are also used as watch dogs and as companion dogs.

HEAD : Lean and of a quadrangular pyramid shape, with large base
and definite pointed muzzle. The longitudinal superior craniumfacial axes are divergent.

Skull : Flat; almost straight in profile; prominent superciliary arches;
scarcely perceptible frontal furrow; the area between the ears is
horizontal with prominent occipital protuberance.
Stop : Barely defined.

Nose : Tapered and obliquely truncated, prominent at the tip; of
darker colour than the coat.
Muzzle : Pointed; curved seen from the front, with a straight profile;
shorter than the skull; broader at the base than at the tip.
Lips : Close fitting, thin; firm, horizontally cut and well pigmented.
Jaws/Teeth : Normal with scissors bite, with solid, white teeth;
normal occlusion of both jaws. Full dentition in the large variety.
Cheeks : Lean and obliquely set, seen from the front. 
Eyes: Very lively expression; not prominent; they are small and
slanted with the colour ranging from honey to brown, in accordance
with the coat; lids darker than the coat colour.
Ears : Set on obliquely at the level of the eyes; straight, erect, with
high mobility; vertical or tilting slightly forward, when attentive;
pointed, wider at the base, triangular; thin, of considerable length,
more than the width at the base.

NECK : In a harmonious transition from head to body; straight;
long; well proportioned, strong and well muscled; without dewlap.

BODY :Top line: Straight, level.
Withers : Only slightly visible in relation to the neck and back.
Back : Straight and long.
Loin : Straight; broad and well muscled.
Croup : Straight or slightly sloping; medium sized; broad and well
Chest : Down to the elbows; of moderate width; long, with the
sternum rising back and up; ribs slightly sprung and inclined;
forechest neither too apparent nor too muscled and of moderate
Underline and belly : Slightly tucked up; lean belly and flanks.

TAIL : Natural, set on rather higher than low; strong, thick and
thinning to the tip, of medium length; at rest falls slightly curved
between the buttocks down to the hocks, in action it rises
horizontally either slightly curved or vertically in sickle shape, but
never curled; fringed on the under side.

General appearance : Upright when seen from front and sides; well
muscled and lean.
Shoulder : Long; inclined; strong and well muscled; scapulahumerus angle, approximately 110º. 

Elbow : Parallel to the main line of the body.
Forearm : Vertical; long and well muscled.
Carpus (Pastern joint) : Lean and not prominent.
Metacarpus (Pastern) : Short; strong; slightly inclined.
Forefeet : Rounded; long toes, strong, tight and arched; with strong
and preferably dark nails, tough and firm pads.

General appearance : Upright when seen from back and sides; well
muscled and lean; parallel to the main body line.
Thigh : Long; of medium width; well muscled.
Stifle joint : Femur-tibia angle approximately 135º.
Second thigh : Inclined; long; lean, strong, well muscled.
Hock : Of medium height; lean; strong; open hock angle,
approximately 135º.
Metatarsus (Rear Pastern) : Strong; short; inclined; without
Hind feet : Rounded; long toes, strong, tight and arched; short and
strong nails, preferably dark; tough and firm pads.

GAIT/MOVEMENT : Light trot, easy and agile movement.

SKIN : Thin and tight. Mucous membranes preferably dark
pigmented or always darker than the coat.

Hair : Two varieties: Either short and smooth or long and wire -
both of medium thickness; without undercoat. The short coat is more
dense than the wire coat. In the wire variety the hair on the muzzle is
longer (bearded).
Colour : Yellow and fawn in all shades from light to dark, with or
without white markings, or white with patches of these colours.
In the Small Podengo, the following colours are accepted but not
preferred: black, brown, with or without white markings, or white
with patches of these colours. 

Small: 20 to 30 cm
Medium: 40 to 54 cm
Large: 55 to 70 cm
Small: 4 to 6 Kg
Medium: 16 to 20 Kg
Large: 20 to 30 Kg

FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effects on
the health and welfare of the dog.
Behaviour : Signs of shyness.
Cranium/Muzzle : Parallel longitudinal superior craniumfacial axes.
Jaws : Incorrect occlusion or badly implanted teeth; pincer
bite; incomplete dentition in the large variety.
Nose : Partial lack of pigmentation.
Neck : Arched.
Body : Arched top line.
Croup : Too sloping.
Dewclaws : Their existence is not appreciated.
Coat : Silky and/or with undercoat.

Cranium/Muzzle : Convergent superior cranium-facial axes.
Nose : Total lack of pigmentation.
Ears : Rounded.
Belly : Too tucked up.
Tail : Curled. 

Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural
abnormalities shall be disqualified.
General Appearance : Signs of crossbreeding to sighthounds,
pointing breeds or any other crossbreeding.
Jaws : Undershot or overshot.
Eyes : Of different colours.
Ears : Folded or hanging.
Colour : Brindle; black and tan; tricolour and totally white.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
 fully descended into the scrotum.
Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed
 typical conformation should be used for breeding. 


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