Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Portuguese Warren Hound - Portuguese Podengo

(Podengo Português)

Portuguese Podengo


ORIGIN

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FCI
Portugal.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
04.11.2008.
KC
February 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Hunting dog, watch dog and companion dog
All varieties are also used as watch dogs and as companion dogs.
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 alone.
Small Podengo: used for searching rabbits in holes and rocks.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 5Spitz and primitive types
Section 7Primitive type - Hunting Dogs
Without working trial

KC
Hound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Portuguese Kennel Club. Revised by Jennifer Mulholland and Renée Sporre-Willes

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
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

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FCI
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 wire.
KC
Small, sturdy, slightly longer than high.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI

Almost square (Sub-mediolinear) 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.
KC
A primitive dog used primarily for hunting rabbits. A keen, alert and agile dog who hunts by scent, sight and hearing.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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KC
Sociable, intelligent and lively.

HEAD

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FCI
Lean and of a quadrangular pyramid shape, with large base and definite pointed muzzle. The longitudinal superior cranium-facial axes are divergent.
KC
Lean, fine, seen as a broad based wedge when viewed from above and in profile. Flat or slightly arched skull. Occipital bone slightly prominent. Stop moderately defined. Muzzle shorter than the skull, appears as a blunt wedge when in profile, with a slightly protruding nose. Lips thin, black and tight fitting.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat; almost straight in profile; prominent superciliary arches; scarcely perceptible frontal furrow; the area between the ears is horizontal with prominent occipital protuberance.

Stop

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Barely defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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Tapered and obliquely truncated, prominent at the tip; of darker colour than the coat.

Muzzle

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FCI
Pointed; curved seen from the front, with a straight profile; shorter than the skull; broader at the base than at the tip.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaw.

Lips

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Close fitting, thin; firm, horizontally cut and well pigmented.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Normal with scissors bite, with solid, white teeth; normal occlusion of both jaws. Full dentition in the large variety.

Cheeks

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Lean and obliquely set, seen from the front.

Eyes

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FCI
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.
KC
Expressive, moderate in size, not prominent, set obliquely. Colour varies according to coat colour, from light to dark brown.

Ears

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FCI
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.
KC
Triangular, large and thin. Broad at the base tapering to a fine point. Set on medium high and obliquely. Very mobile, carried erect and forward when alert. Length of ear greater than width at base.

NECK

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FCI
In a harmonious transition from head to body; straight; long; well proportioned, strong and well muscled; without dewlap.
KC
Straight and of medium length. Strong, well muscled. Free from throatiness.

BODY

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Length of body from point of shoulder to point of buttock greater than height at withers. Topline level, slight rise over loin. Moderate forechest. Chest fairly deep, not too wide. Ribs moderately well sprung and carried well back. Underline rising slightly.

Topline

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Straight, level.

Withers

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Only slightly visible in relation to the neck and back.

Back

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Straight and long.

Loin

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Straight; broad and well muscled.

Croup

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FCI
Straight or slightly sloping; medium sized; broad and well muscled.

Chest

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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 width.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Slightly tucked up; lean belly and flanks.

TAIL

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FCI
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.
KC
Medium length, high set. Thick at the base tapering to a fine point. Curved over the back when moving. Never curled.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Upright when seen from front and sides; well muscled and lean.
KC
Forelegs straight and parallel. Well laid muscular shoulders. Pasterns short, strong and slightly sloping.

Shoulder

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FCI
Long; inclined; strong and well muscled; scapula-humerus angle, approximately 110º.

Elbow

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Parallel to the main line of the body.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Vertical; long and well muscled.

Carpus (wrist)

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Lean and not prominent.

Pastern

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Short; strong; slightly inclined.

FEET

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KC
Strong and round, toes tight and well arched. Nails strong, short and preferably dark. Firm pads.

Forefeet

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Rounded; long toes, strong, tight and arched; with strong and preferably dark nails, tough and firm pads.

Hind feet

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Rounded; long toes, strong, tight and arched; short and strong nails, preferably dark; tough and firm pads.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Upright when seen from back and sides; well muscled and lean; parallel to the main body line.
KC
Strong and muscular. Moderately angulated with firm hocks and moderate length of rear pasterns. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.

Thigh

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Long; of medium width; well muscled.

Stifle

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FCI
Femur-tibia angle approximately 135º.

HIND LEGS

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Lower thigh

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Inclined; long; lean, strong, well muscled.

Hock

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Of medium height; lean; strong; open hock angle, approximately 135º.

Rear pastern

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Strong; short; inclined; without dewclaws.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Light trot, easy and agile movement.
KC
Swift and light footed. Sound.

SKIN

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

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
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).
KC
Smooth or wire coated. Never trimmed. Skin thin and close fitting. Smooth coated: Short and very dense. Wire coated: Rough and harsh, but not as dense as the smooth coat and without undercoat. Distinct beard.

COLOUR

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FCI

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.
KC
Yellow, fawn (in all shades from light to dark), black (diluted or faded), with or without white markings. White only if accompanied by markings of one of the listed colours.

SIZE

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KC
Height 20-30 cms (8-12 ins). Weight 4-5 kilos (9-11 lbs).

Height at withers

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Small 20 to 30 cm
Medium 40 to 54 cm
Large 55 to 70 cm

Weight

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Small 4 to 6 Kg
Medium 16 to 20 Kg
Large 20 to 30 Kg

FAULTS

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FCI

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 effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Behaviour: Signs of shyness.
Cranium/Muzzle: Parallel longitudinal superior cranium-facial 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.
KC
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 effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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Behaviour: Aggressive or overly shy.
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.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.