Portuguese Podengo Morphologic Aspects

             veröffentlicht vom Clube do Podengo Português


Head: Lean, shaped like a four-sided pyramid with a large base,dimishing considerably towards its pointd end.Longitudinal axes of the skull and foreface divergent.

Nose:Tapering towards the slightly protruding tip; frontal plane of the nose slightly slanting

 Chest: Forechest slightly accentuated, muscular,not too wide;chest deep and long, of medium width; long sternum rising towards rear;ribs hardly rounded,oblique .

Podengo Medium smooth-haired
(Napressa de Vale do Poço - CH Port) 

Skull: Flat,almost straigth in profile.Superciliary ridges prominent. Frontal groove hardly perceptible; the region between the ears horizntal; occipital bone prominent. Stop barely defined.  Back: Long, straight or slightly sloping.
Forequarters; vertical and straight,well muscled and clean.
Shoulders and upper arm: Long and oblique; strong and well muscled;forming a blunt angle at shoulder joint
Belly/flanks: Lean, with a slight   tuck-up.Underline slightly rising.


Tail: Set on high rather than low, strong,thick,of medium length tapering towards a fine point; in repose hanging between hindlegs with the tip slightly curved upwards; in movement carried horizontally with a slight upward curve or carried upright in sickle shape; never curled up into ring shape. 

Hindquarters: straight and parallel; well muscled,clean. Upper thigh: Long/medium width,muscular.



Podengo Small smooth-haired
(Pinhão da Praia do Ribatejo CH Port; Eur.99; WW 2000, CH Int.)

The breed characteristics of the Small Podengo are also nearly identical to those of the medium size Podengo with this specific characteristics:

General appearance: A small dog somewhat elongated in proportions. 

Limbs: Short.Forearm straight or slightly turned from outwards to inwards in its whole length.

Skull:Flat or slightly arched. 

Body: Length of body exceeds height at withers.


Portuguese Podengos most common morphologic defects

Big and Medium
  • Insufficient angulations in forequarters or hindquarters. (Both angulation problems could change good dog movement and the back straight line).
  • Tail pointing to. the back or curved into ring shape
  • Not enough deep chest
  • Bad nose pigmentation 
  • Weak hair texture in wire-haired variety, especially in chest and head.
  • Back line not horizontal (up or down)
  • Back line extremely long and with a “saddle”
  • Curved forearm or elbow pointing out
  • Hands open (due to forearm torsion)
  • Round Skull
  • Pronounced "stop" (nasal connection to skull)
  • Teeth not correctly aligned
  • Prognathism in jaws (long maxillary)
  • Tail pointing to the back or curved into ring shape
  • Bad nose pigmentation
  • Weak hair texture in wire-haired variety

V VEIGA 2002 (adapt.)