Warren Hound – Portuguese Podengo
dog, watch dog and companion.
CLASSIFICATION: Group 5, Spitz and Primitive types.
Section 7, Primitive type – Hunting Dogs.
Without working trials.
type dog, its probable origin lies in 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 canines accompanying the Moors in their
invasions on the 8th century. This breed adapted itself to the Portuguese
territory and climate, originating what is nowadays 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 discoveries caravels.
pyramidal head, with prick ears, sickle tail, well proportioned body, with
sound skeleton and well muscled; very lively and intelligent; sober and
rustic. Exists in three sizes, in the Smooth and Wire-haired varieties.
and Medium-sized Podengo – Sub-mediolign, almost square, of medium
or large corpulence, depending on whether it is the medium or large sized
variety, with a relation – body length/height at the withers: 11/10 and
depth of chest/height at the withers: 1/2.
Podengo – Sub-longilign, of small stature, with longer body length
than height, with a relation - body length/height at the withers: 6/5 and
depth of chest/height at the withers: 1/2.
all varieties, the muzzle length is shorter than the skull length.
and Medium-Sized Podengo – in the Medium-sized, its natural aptitude as
a rabbit hunting dog is exploited, hunting either in packs or alone, thus
being also known as warren hound. The Large-sized is used in big game hunting.
Podengo – It is used to search for rabbits in holes and on rocks.
varieties are also used as watch dogs and as companions.
Lean and shaped as a quadrangular pyramid, with large base and very sharp
Flat; almost straight in profile; prominent supraciliary arches; scarcely
perceptible frontal groove; horizontal inter-auricular area with prominent
Barely defined; divergent longitudinal superior cranium-facial axes.
and obliquely truncated, prominent at the tip; nostrils darker coloured
than the coat.
with a straight profile; shorter than the skull; broader at the base than
at the tip.
Close fitting, thin; firm, opening horizontally and well pigmented.
with scissors bite, with white solid teeth; normal occlusion of both jaws
and full dentition in the Large variety.
and obliquely set.
Very lively expression; slightly prominent from the orbits; colour ranging
from honey to brown, in accordance with the coat; set on obliquely and
small; eyelids darker than the coat colour.
Set on obliquely and of medium height; straight, with high mobility; vertical
or slightly tilting to the front, when attentive; pointed, broader at the
base, triangular; thin, with considerable height, longer than the width
at the base.
With an harmonious transition from head to body; straight; long; proportioned,
strong and well muscled; no dewlap.
line: Straight, level.
Tenuous regarding the neck and back.
Straight and long.
Straight; broad and muscled.
or slightly sloping; medium sized; broad and muscled.
Down to the elbows; of medium width; long, with the sternum sloping back
and up; ribs slightly arched and slant; pectoral not too outstanding and
muscled, not very broad.
line and belly: Slightly uprising; lean belly and flanks, slightly
on rather high than low; strong, thick and thin edged; of medium length;
at rest falls slightly arched, between the buttocks down to the hocks,
in action it raises, horizontally slightly arched, or vertically in sickle
shape, but never curled; fringed in its under side.
Upright when seen from front and side; well muscled and lean.
Long; oblique; strong and well muscled; open shoulder angle, approximately
Parallel to the axial body plane.
Vertical; long and muscled.
(Pastern joint): Lean and inconspicuous.
(Pastern): Short; strong; slightly slanting.
Rounded; long toes, strong, tight and slightly arched; short and strong
nails, preferably dark, tough and firm pads.
Upright when seen from back and side; well muscled and lean; parallel to
the axial body plane.
of medium width; muscled.
joint: femur-tibial angle approximately 135º.
Slant; long; lean, strong, muscled.
Of medium height; lean; strong; open hock angle, approximately 135º.
Strong; short; slant; without dewclaws.
feet: Rounded; long toes, strong, tight and slightly arched; short
and strong nails, preferably dark, tough and firm pads.
trot, easy and agile movements.
membranes preferably dark pigmented or always darker than the coat; thin
and tight skin.
or long coat; medium thickness; smooth hair when short or wire hair when
long; the short coat is denser than the long one; in the long and wire
variety, the hair in the muzzle is long (bearded); without undercoat.
accepted – yellow, fawn, sable, in the light, common and dark varieties;
solid, white-patched or white with patches of these colours.
the Small Podengo, the following colours are accepted but not preferred:
black, brown, in their tones; solid, white-patched or white with patches
of these colours.
Height at the withers
to 30 cm in Small
to 54 cm in the Medium-sized
to 70 cm in the Large
to 6 Kg in the Small
to 20 Kg in the Medium-sized
to 30 Kg in the Large
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.
Signs of shyness.
– Parallel longitudinal superior cranium-facial axes.
– Incorrect occlusion or badly implanted teeth; level bite; incomplete
dentition in the Large variety.
Partial lack of pigment.
– Arched top line.
– Too sloping.
– Their existence is depreciative.
Silky and/or with undercoat.
Convergent longitudinal superior cranium-facial axes.
Total lack of pigment.
– Too tucked up.
– Aggressive or too shy.
APPEARANCE – Signs of outcrosses with sighthounds, pointer breeds or
any other cross-breeding.
Undershot or overshot.
Of different colour.
Bent or lop.
COLOUR – Brindle; black and tan; tricolour and totally white.
Males should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into
animal presenting any signs of physical or behavioural abnormality should
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