The Podenco Canario is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. The fact that he is still very popular is mainly due to his excellent abilities as a hunting dog. He is not necessarily the easiest dog. But if you put a lot of time and patience into his upbringing, you will be rewarded in the end.
With a size of 53 to 64 centimeters, the Podenco Canario belongs to the medium-sized dogs. He is slender and muscular and thus already has the perfect basic requirements for a good hunting dog. He weighs between 20 and 30 kilograms and has almost no underfat. His smooth, dense coat is mostly white-orange. Varying shades of color are not uncommon. The Podenco Canario has an elongated head with amber eyes. The ears are pointed upwards. The Podenco Canario falls into FCI Group 5, Spitz and primitive type dogs.
The sporty dog was trained from the beginning to be a hunting dog and this is still his main field of activity. In the house he seems reserved and you hardly notice him. However, if you go outside with him, he shows how spirited he actually is.
He has a pronounced hunting instinct, but does not behave aggressively. The dog needs a strict hand in terms of education. Even though he is quite temperamental outside, his nature is friendly and he loves his master unconditionally. He feels most comfortable in a stress-free environment where he can move around a lot and freely. As a family dog, the Canary Podenco is only conditionally suitable.
The right food
The daily calorie intake required by the Podenco Canario is about 1200 calories. Of course, it also strongly depends on how active the dog is. As for the type of food, the Podenco is not particularly picky. However, he should get enough vitamins and minerals. The Podenco loves treats and often can't resist begging. Make sure you don't spoil him too often with the little treats, even though it's hard to resist his puppy dog eyes.
Health & Care
The short coat of the Poodenco Canario is easy to maintain and it is enough to brush it every now and then. However, you need to invest more time in the dog's activity. Long walks and tasks where the dog can live out his hunting instinct are obligatory for every Podenco Canario owner. The Podenco Canario is quite robust and rarely gets sick.
Podencos are counted among the greyhounds and that means they need to be kept busy. They love to let off steam. Therefore, toys with a lot of running potential are part of the accessories for Podencos. Since the Podenco is originally from warmer climates, it might get a little cold for them in the winter. You can therefore think about getting a dog coat for the Podenco.
Origin & History
About the origin and history of the Podenco Canario experts are not quite agreed. One theory is that he is related to the Tesem. The Tesem is an ancient Egyptian dog breed, which is now extinct. And indeed, if you compare the Podenco Canario with the dogs on pictures from ancient Egypt, a similarity is undeniable.
Another, more likely theory is that the dog came from the Canary Islands. Of course, he may also have arrived there from Egypt via detours. On the Canary Islands you can still find the most specimens of the Podenco Canarios. There the dogs are used for hunting rabbits and hares, because they are excellent trackers.