CYNOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE (AISBL)
GENERAL: 13, Place Albert 1er B – 6530 Thuin (Belgique)
WARREN HOUND –
: Portuguese Kennel Club. Revised by Jennifer
and Renée Sporre-Willes
OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
: Hunting dog, watch dog and companion dog
: Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types.
7 Primitive type – Hunting Dogs. Without working trial.
HISTORICAL SUMMARY : Primitive type dog, it
originates from the ancient dogs brought by the
and Romans to the Iberian Peninsula in the Classic
It was subsequently influenced by the introduction of
accompanying the Moors in their invasions in the 8th century. It
to the Portuguese terrain and climate, to become what is
known as the Portuguese Warren Hound. It evolved
throughout the centuries due to its functionality,
the small variety being selected, from the 15th century on, as a
on the Caravels of the Portuguese navigators.
APPEARANCE : Quadrangular pyramidal head, with
ears, sickle shaped tail, well proportioned, with sound
and well muscled; very lively and intelligent; sober and
It exists in three sizes, with two varieties of coat: smooth and
and Medium-sized Podengo : Almost square (Submediolinear) of large or medium
of length of body to height at the withers: 11/10 and depth of
to height at withers: 1/2.
Podengo : Body slightly longer than high (Sub-longilinear), of
stature. The length of the body is slightly more than the height
withers with a ratio – length of body/height at the withers: 6/5 and
of chest /height at withers: 1/2.
all varieties, the muzzle length is less than the skull length.
/ TEMPERAMENT :
Podengo : used for hunting big game.
Podengo : also known as Warren Hound, its natural
as a rabbit hunter is well used, hunting either in a pack or
Podengo : used for searching rabbits in holes and rocks.
varieties are also used as watch dogs and as companion dogs.
: Lean and of a quadrangular pyramid shape, with large base
definite pointed muzzle. The longitudinal superior craniumfacial axes are
: Flat; almost straight in profile; prominent superciliary arches;
perceptible frontal furrow; the area between the ears is
with prominent occipital protuberance.
: Barely defined.
: Tapered and obliquely truncated, prominent at the tip; of
colour than the coat.
: Pointed; curved seen from the front, with a straight profile;
than the skull; broader at the base than at the tip.
: Close fitting, thin; firm, horizontally cut and well pigmented.
: Normal with scissors bite, with solid, white teeth;
occlusion of both jaws. Full dentition in the large variety.
: Lean and obliquely set, seen from the front.
Very lively expression; not prominent; they are small and
with the colour ranging from honey to brown, in accordance
the coat; lids darker than the coat colour.
: Set on obliquely at the level of the eyes; straight, erect, with
mobility; vertical or tilting slightly forward, when attentive;
wider at the base, triangular; thin, of considerable length,
than the width at the base.
: In a harmonious transition from head to body; straight;
well proportioned, strong and well muscled; without dewlap.
:Top line: Straight, level.
: Only slightly visible in relation to the neck and back.
: Straight and long.
: Straight; broad and well muscled.
: Straight or slightly sloping; medium sized; broad and well
: Down to the elbows; of moderate width; long, with the
rising back and up; ribs slightly sprung and inclined;
neither too apparent nor too muscled and of moderate
and belly : Slightly tucked up; lean belly and flanks.
: Natural, set on rather higher than low; strong, thick and
to the tip, of medium length; at rest falls slightly curved
the buttocks down to the hocks, in action it rises
either slightly curved or vertically in sickle shape, but
curled; fringed on the under side.
appearance : Upright when seen from front and sides; well
: Long; inclined; strong and well muscled; scapulahumerus angle, approximately
: Parallel to the main line of the body.
: Vertical; long and well muscled.
(Pastern joint) : Lean and not prominent.
(Pastern) : Short; strong; slightly inclined.
: Rounded; long toes, strong, tight and arched; with strong
preferably dark nails, tough and firm pads.
appearance : Upright when seen from back and sides; well
and lean; parallel to the main body line.
: Long; of medium width; well muscled.
joint : Femur-tibia angle approximately 135º.
thigh : Inclined; long; lean, strong, well muscled.
: Of medium height; lean; strong; open hock angle,
(Rear Pastern) : Strong; short; inclined; without
feet : Rounded; long toes, strong, tight and arched; short and
nails, preferably dark; tough and firm pads.
: Light trot, easy and agile movement.
: Thin and tight. Mucous membranes preferably dark
or always darker than the coat.
: Two varieties: Either short and smooth or long and wire -
of medium thickness; without undercoat. The short coat is more
than the wire coat. In the wire variety the hair on the muzzle is
: Yellow and fawn in all shades from light to dark, with or
white markings, or white with patches of these colours.
the Small Podengo, the following colours are accepted but not
black, brown, with or without white markings, or white
patches of these colours.
20 to 30 cm
40 to 54 cm
55 to 70 cm
4 to 6 Kg
16 to 20 Kg
20 to 30 Kg
Any departure from the foregoing points should be
a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be
should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effects on
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
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
shall be disqualified.
General Appearance : Signs of crossbreeding to sighthounds,
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
descended into the scrotum.
Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed
conformation should be used for breeding.