Portuguese PodengoCare

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


Both sizes of this breed have smooth- and wire-coated varieties, which were likely developed based on local climate and preference in Portugal. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Short
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

They are very lively, clever, agile, affectionate, loyal, funny, dogs who love to play. Highly intelligent and easily motivated by food and fun, they are quick to learn but not always easy to train. They require constant positive training, or they will find their own adventures. Training classes and early socialization are must for this breed. Podengos may be quite reserved initially and prefer to greet strangers on their own terms. They may view smaller animals, such as cats, as prey and must always be behind a secure fence.

energy level Occasional Exercise

Portuguese Podengo &HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Portuguese Podengos are healthy dogs.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own as Portuguese Podengos can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.