The Portuguese Podengo Club of America

Looking for a Podengo?

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Podengo Pequeno puppies, 2 weeks old

First Steps

This is an exceptionally healthy breed - indeed, it is one of the world's healthiest dogs. PPCA's breeding programs are designed to preserve and protect this healthy rare breed.

This section of PPCA's website includes many topics related to Podengos and keeps on growing, all to help support the club's purpose to protect the breed in America and educate canine aficionados about the rare and enchanting Portuguese Podengo, especially about that most enchanting stage, puppyhood. See photos of some of our puppies on our "Born in the USA" pages.

Looking for a Podengo?

For those people looking to add a Podengo to their family, we urge you to research the breed and find out all you can about it, to make sure it is the best breed for you. And please join the PPCA, a great educational network for new owners and individuals seeking Podengos. You can join by going to the "Membership" pop down in the "About" button above. Any questions? See "Contact Us" button above.

When you are considering purchasing any breed, there are some questions you must be sure to ask, and this is the case when seeking a Podengo. We are posting a list of questions to ask breeders that we hope will be useful to you. It includes some typical questions that you should ask every breeder about their puppies as well as some Pequeno-specific questions. We will even be posting some of the questions that breeders will ask you!

We are thankful for the help given to us by many experienced PPCA members as we developed this list -- many members have been active with hounds --the Afghan Hound, Ibizan, Basenji, Beagle, PBGV, Greyhound, Dachshund, Borzoi, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Pharaoh Hound, Saluki, Whippet and Irish Wolfhound -- and others who have successfully bred and shown the Swedish Vallhund, Bernese Mountain Dog, German Shepherd, German Pinscher, Giant Schnauzer, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Great Pyrenees, PWD, Rottweiler, Siberian Husky, Border Collie, Norwich and Norfolk Terriers, Border Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, Silky, Skye and Smooth Fox terriers, Chinese Crested, Chihuahua, American Eskimo Dog, Papillons, Tibetan Terriers, English Bulldogs, Havanese, and an array of other breeds. They are part of PPCA's helpful members' network who also own Podengos and are enchanted with them. You will be too!

Ask the Breeder 101

In its March 2006 issue, Dog Fancy magazine featured the Portuguese Podengo and had the following questions in their "Ask the Breeder" section:

  • What kind of support will you offer during the lifetime of this dog?
  • How would you describe the temperament of the puppies' parents?
  • What kind of socialization with children and other pets have these puppies had?
  • How much daily exercise does this breed need?
  • Are you a member of the Portuguese Podengo Club of America. If not, why?

This a really good start - remember, there is never a bad question and this dog will live with you for a long long time -- their average lifespan is 17 years!