Podengo

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What is a Podengo?

Podengo means rabbit hunter or warren hound and this hunting ability, along with his skill in controlling vermin around the house made him very popular in Portugal from the 16th century. Nowadays he retains that popularity but mostly as a family companion where his friendly temperament, character and intelligence make him a great personality.

Do Podengo dogs shed a lot?

The Portuguese Podengo dog does not shed that much and requires no formal grooming. Even inside the show ring, the breed standard specifies that this breed should be clipped only. The coat should be displayed as naturally as possible, which makes the Podengo dog about as close to a “wash and go” dog as you can get!

Can a Portuguese Podengo compete in AKC lure competitions?

The Portuguese Podengo has been approved to compete in AKC Lure Coursing Events for Suffix Titles since January 1, 2008. As of July 2009, the Portuguese Podengo was split into two breeds: Portuguese Podengo (to include the Grande and Medio) and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno (the smallest of the three sizes).

When did the Podengo dog breed come to America?

The Podengo was first introduced in the United States during the 1990s and has since made its way to 45 other countries as well. In its native Portugal, the Portuguese Podengo dog breed differs in appearance based on its size (Grande, Medio, Pequeno).

What kind of dog is a Podengo?

The Portuguese Podengo, also known as the Podengo Português or Portuguese Warren Hound, is hound (sight and scent) breed from Portugal. As a breed, the Podengo is divided into three size categories that are not interbred: small (Pequeno), medium (Médio) and large (Grande). Their coats are either short and smooth, or longer and wired.

Are there any health problems with the Portuguese Podengo?

All dog breeds have some known health conditions, and the Portuguese Podengo is no exception. Some health issues are common to most breeds, while others are specific to the breed. Potentially heritable Portuguese Podengo health problems can include the following:

How big does a medio Podengo get?

The primary method is to interbreed Grande and large Medio dogs to return to the breed purity. The middleweight in the Portuguese Podengo dog breed, the Medio typically weighs between 35 and 44 pounds and stands anywhere from 16 to 22 inches tall (paw pads to shoulder).

Do Podengo dogs shed a lot?

The Portuguese Podengo dog does not shed that much and requires no formal grooming. Even inside the show ring, the breed standard specifies that this breed should be clipped only. The coat should be displayed as naturally as possible, which makes the Podengo dog about as close to a “wash and go” dog as you can get!

What kind of dog is eligible for lure coursing?

A dog with an AKC Limited Registration or Conditional Registration shall be eligible to be entered in Lure Coursing tests and trials, as are spayed and neutered hounds. Monorchid and cryptorchid hounds are ineligi- ble to participate. FSS breeds may earn suffix titles only.

Which breeds are eligible to compete in the best in field competition?

All Best of Breed winners with the exception of Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, and FSS breeds shall be eligible to compete in the Best In Field competition. The host club shall so indicate this in the premium list.

How to become an AKC lure coursing judge?

Must have three years experience in lure coursing, including experience as a lure operator, field chairman or field secretary. 3. New judges must attend an AKC Lure Coursing Seminar and score a minimum of 85% correct on the written exam covering AKC “Regulations for Lure Coursing Tests and Trials.” 4.

How are hounds scored in lure coursing trials?

In Lure Coursing Trials, judges score hounds for a maximum score of 50 points based on overall ability (10), follow (10), speed (10), agility (10), and endurance (10). What Titles Can Dogs Earn?

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