Photo: Wirehaired Portuguese Podengo Medio
Portuguese Warren Hound
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 6 Section 7 #94
||Foundation Stock Service
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Portuguese Podengo is the name given to three types of
with a related ancestry. They represent a small (Pequeno), medium (Medio) and
large (Grande) type of dog, each with two hair coats (smooth and wirehaired).
The rarest of all, the Grande, was most likely developed from larger Medios
and the Pequeno was most likely developed, with the addition of other small
breeds, also from the Medio. Of the three, the Pequeno displays more color
variety because of this probable outcrossing.
Each has a different type of temperament but all three love to hunt, as is
their heritage and tradition in their native country. Typically, the dogs hunt
in a pack with
their human companion following them. Each is capable of hunting game that is
appropriate to their size. (Pequeno-rats,
They are very old type of dog, probably descended from ancient northern
dogs. As a breed, it is believed to be about 5,000 years old. They are all
typically healthy, due to careful breeding practices in a rustic setting (in
Portugal) where unhealthy whelps would not usually survive, thus removing them
from possible breeding stock.
The WH PPM is a medium-sized, friendly, hardy and intelligent companion. It
has a soft wire coat that functions as an air conditioner in the hot weather.
The single coat (without undercoat) does shed. It is very active and is good
with children and other animals, including livestock, if it is socialized from
an early age.
The WH PPM (and S PPM) has existed in
America for decades in small numbers with Portuguese-Americans in private
home settings where they have been used for traditional rabbit hunting.
Amazingly, they were never popularized outside of their immigrant homesteads. If
dog-loving Americans had seen them there is no doubt that this breed would have
become known sooner, as they are attractive, nice family dogs, with a touch of
They are watchful and observant and will bark when something gets their
attention. They enjoy digging and need a secure fence. It is best if they have
their own yard they can
'customize' themselves. When trained, they can have a good recall when not
on leash. They are a very enthusiastic, trainable dog with a knowledgable
trainer, as evidenced by their popularity in
movies, where they are usually cast as a "scruffy mutt." This publicity has
enabled the WH PPM to obtain a small but loyal fan base in America, who have
turned into the first
exhibitors (and will be the first breeders) of the breed.
The WH PPM have only recently been shown and developed as a registered (RVB-Netherlands,
AKC-Foundation Stock Service), pedigreed breed in the US and Canada.
The WH PPM is very young as a breed in America. There are about 11
breeders worldwide with registered, pedigreed stock. The available
bloodlines of WH PPMs are extremely limited compared to other breeds of dogs
(the coat types are not interbred) and all WH PPM are very closely related at
this time. However, with careful breeding of only the best and healthiest dogs,
larger bloodlines can be built confidently and strongly. Other examples of this
situation are the
Basenji, both breeds which, within the past 100 years, descended from a tiny
handful of registered dogs. With careful breeding of the best quality dogs, it
is now a healthy, strong sighthound breed with much diversity.
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