Portuguese Podengo Temperament: A Guide For New Owners
The Portuguese Podengo is one of the most popular breeds in the world. They are known for their friendly nature and love of attention.
However, they have been bred to be very obedient dogs with little aggression towards humans or other animals. Therefore, it’s not surprising that some owners don’t realize how much these dogs can bite! These dogs are also known for being highly intelligent and capable of learning new things quickly. Some people even say that these dogs are like human babies!
So what happens when you bring a puppy home from the breeder?
First of all, do your homework before bringing a Portuguese Podengo home. You need to make sure that this dog will fit into your family’s lifestyle and personality. If you’re looking for a companion who loves to please, then look elsewhere. But if you want a dog who will always be there for you no matter what, then consider adopting one of these adorable Portuguese Podengos.
When choosing a Portuguese Podengo puppy, pay special attention to the health history of the parents. Most reputable breeders will conduct thorough health tests on both parents before breeding them together.
Also take note of any genetic diseases present in either parent. This is especially important if you plan on breeding your dog at some point, and want to ensure that the puppies are of high quality.
When buying a puppy, you should also inquire about the breeder’s return policy. It’s always good to know that you have the option of returning the dog if things don’t work out for any reason.
Finally, how much does a Portuguese Podengo cost?
These dogs typically sell for around $700.00, but this price can vary depending on whether or not the dog is registered with a reputable kennel club. You may also be required to pay an additional fee (up to $200) for transportation and health checks.
Buyer beware: There are plenty of fake breeders out there who will try to sell you a “Portuguese Podengo” for under $500.00.
These dogs are most likely mixed breeds, and you should avoid them at all costs. Always stick with responsible and reputable breeders!
The Portuguese Podenco is a very active dog that requires a lot of exercise every day. These dogs were bred to hunt small game and other animals in their native country of Portugal.
As such, they have strong instinctual behaviors that require them to be able to run around and explore the surrounding area. If you don’t give your dog a chance to exercise their energy, they are more likely to become bored and look for trouble. This could lead to behavioral problems such as chewing on furniture and barking excessively.
Fortunately, the Podenco is a very good jumper. This means that you shouldn’t leave them outdoors on a regular basis.
Even if you have the highest fences in the world, these dogs will still be able to scale them with ease. They are also very fast and athletic. If they want to get out, they will get out. It’s best to keep them indoors with you!
With so much energy, Podencos can also be a little difficult to train. This is especially true if you attempt to train them as puppies.
They are very intelligent dogs that learn things quickly, but their attention span is very short. Additionally, their strong hunting instincts and desire to roam could cause problems. However, these dogs are known to be very obedient when trained properly. If you have the time and patience to train this breed, you should have no problems.
The most important thing you can do for your dog is to make sure they get a lot of exercise. These dogs are very good at entertaining themselves, but they will still appreciate the time that you spend with them.
The Portuguese Podenco has a short and smooth coat which only requires an occasional brushing. They are very clean dogs and will groom themselves.
However, you may want to groom your dog regularly if you plan to show him at competitions.
Keep in mind that these dogs can have a lot of energy, so there may be times when they get dirty. If this happens, simply wipe them down with a damp cloth and then dry them off.
Do not bathe your dog too often as this may remove their natural oils which can cause skin problems.
Common Health Problems
The Portuguese Podenco is a fairly healthy breed that is not prone to genetic health problems. The average life expectancy is between 12 and 15 years.
Like all dogs, the Podenco can suffer from ailments such as diarrhea, vomiting, and cancer. They are also prone to get fleas, ticks, and heartworms, so you’ll need to give them monthly heartworm preventative medication.
Their average size makes them prone to back injuries. They are also sensitive to certain anesthetics, so your veterinarian may give you a different prescription if they know that you have a Podenco.
Keep in mind that your dog is still a living being and subject to chance. Even if the dog breed has no common illnesses, anything can happen.
Do Podencos Get Along With Other Dogs?
Though they were bred to hunt with another dog, the Portuguese Podenco is a solitary breed and prefers to live and travel alone. If you have more than one of these dogs, they will most likely fight. Even if you raise two as siblings, they may fight with each other when they reach adulthood.
These dogs can sometimes get along with other dogs if they are raised with them from a young age. This is not common, however, and you shouldn’t count on it.
The same rule applies to cats and other pets that you may have. Unless you want to spend all of your time cleaning up after bloody fights, it’s best to keep your Podenco away from other pets.
How much do these dogs cost?
The price range for the Portuguese Podenco is between $500 and $1,000. This may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that you’re getting a rare dog breed that has excellent hunting abilities. Not to mention all of the money you’ll save on not needing to put down rat poison!
Are these dogs easy to find?
These dogs are fairly rare in the United States. You may need to contact a few different breeders before you find one that has puppies available. Be patient, and once you do find a breeder, you can pick out your puppy at eight weeks.
Podecco or Podenco?
This is a very common question since the spelling for this breed of dog is all over the place. You may see Podenco, Podecco, Podenki or a slew of other variations on these three letters. The only correct spelling is with the C and K. Podenki is actually the name of a different breed of hunting dog.
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