‘Podengo de Mostra’ was used in Portugal to describe a pack-hunting dog as early as the 16th century. As there is no word for ‘hound’ in the Portuguese language, this was later shortened to Podengo and specifically referred to these primitive, prick-eared, multi-sensory, pack-hunting dogs.


The Portuguese Podengo is the national breed of Portugal. It is a primitive type hound whose origin is thought to be from dogs such as the Pharaoh Hound from Egypt, brought by Phoenicians and Romans to the Iberian Peninsula in ancient times.

The Podengo has developed over many centuries to be specifically suited to the rigors of the Portuguese climate and terrain, resulting in an exceptionally healthy, versatile, natural rabbit hunter able to flush rabbits from dense brush and rock crevices. The breed has an acute sense of smell, sharp vision, and keen hearing and uses all of these senses along with speed, agility and endurance in a unique hunting style.

The small Podengo also travelled the world, keeping rodent numbers down on the ships of the Portuguese explorers, including Magellan and Vasco da Gama, from the 15th century on.

The Podengo is now also a great companion & it excels in obedience, agility, lure coursing and other performance sports as well as being used as therapy dogs.


Small – 20 - 30 cm approx. 5-6kgs

Medium – 40 - 55 cm approx. 16-20kgs

Large – 55 – 70cm approx. 20-30kgs


15 + years


The small Portuguese Podengo is a clever, active and agile dog with a happy disposition and a great personality. They are entertaining & enchanting and there is never a dull moment when there is a Podengo around. They are a loving breed and love to please their human. They are very attentive, so they are easily trained. The small Podengo make wonderfully loyal companions and are fearless and protective of their family. They do not bark excessively but will bark to alarm.

The small Portuguese Podengo has a lively, intelligent expression with pricked ears and a body that is well proportioned, muscular and agile. Colour ranges from a rich red to a light sandy fawn with or without white trim. It is also found in chocolate and black.

Two coat types – smooth and wire haired.


The small Podengo is a pack oriented breed and thrives in the company of other dogs, other pets & their two legged family. They get on well with all other animals, large & small.


The small Portuguese Podengo is a robust, healthy and hardy breed with low care requirements. Their single coat does not shed much so a regular bath and brush will remove loose hair and a regular nail clip will keep nails short. There is a need for some exercise and mental stimulation to satisfy their instinct to learn. The Podengo is versatile and adaptable and just as happy with city or country lifestyles.


Families, couples or singles who would like to share their life with the ideal companion dog.


The Portuguese Podengo is a lively, intelligent, hardy breed that makes a happy, healthy and fun companion for all ages and lifestyles.

You can’t have a bad day if you share it with a Podengo :)

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
Website: www.dogsact.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Territory :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
Website: www.cccq.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
Website: www.dogssa.com.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
Website: www.tasdogs.com/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
Website: www.dogswest.com
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)