Podengo Canary

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It is a dog with an incredible ability to adapt; can withstand high temperatures and uses his senses of sight, hearing and smell well to hunt, being more used in hunting rabbits. Because of a trail dog, it does not usually bark or slaughter its prey while tracking it. He is tireless, being able to work all day without any sign of fatigue. Because it is resistant, the type of terrain is not a problem for him, no matter if it is rocky, sandy or mountainous, he will take care of the problem.

THE Podengo Canary it is also known as Canary Warren Hound or Podenco Canario. It is an active, audacious, fast and excellent dog in the performance of the tracker function thanks to its splendid sense of smell. It is not a breed to be raised in small spaces and presents difficulties in dealing with life in the city. It is a good companion, but does not perform well as a watchdog.


This dog had its origin in the Canary Islands, where it inherits its name and where it is well known, being present in large quantities in all of them. It is very old, with records dating from the time of the pharaohs, and was probably taken to the Islands by Phoenicians, Egyptians, Greeks or Carthaginians. It is basically of Egyptian descent, being very similar to the Dog of the Pharaoh (also known as Pharaoh Hound).

In the Canary Islands is the dog Podengo Canary it is found mainly on the largest islands: Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Nowadays it is a rare breed and still plays the role of hunting dog, mainly in the hunting of rabbits.


This breed is brave, restless and nervous, but never aggressive. Noble and extremely faithful and dedicated to its owner. He can handle long working hours without showing any signs of fatigue. He is also intelligent, very lively and independent, which can give him an aloof temperament at certain times, although he usually acts amicably in the presence of strangers.

Despite being a hunting dog, the Podengo Canary it is a peaceful and pleasant pet. When raised and socialized from an early age, he usually handles very well with older children, having a good sense of companionship with the family in which he is raised. With other dogs you can also live well if you are soon introduced to this type of living. It can be difficult to train.


Medium sized dog, being slightly longer than tall. Light, thin and very resistant, it has a well-developed skeleton. It does not have layers of fat which allows the visualization of some of its bones, such as ribs, spine and hips. The muscles are well developed and it is possible to observe their contraction through the skin. His trotting is light and agile. The skin is adjusted to the body, firm and without wrinkles. The hair is short, dense and smooth, red and white. Red can range from orange to mahogany (dark). The height at the withers varies from 53 cm (females) to 64 cm (males), but it is acceptable to vary 2 cm above or below these values.

The head is elongated, the skull longer than it is wide, in the shape of a truncated cone, proportional to its body. The truffle is flesh-colored, wide and with slightly open nostrils. The snout is a little longer than the skull, also flesh-colored, and may vary in color according to the color of its coat. The teeth are well developed and with perfect scissor bite. The intensity of the eye color varies with the coat, being amber in color, giving it a noble and cunning look. They are oblique and small eyes. The ears are large, wide at the base and more attuned at the ends, when the dog is in a state of attention they are raised and when at rest they are tilted back. The neck has no dewlap, is straight, muscular and has smooth skin. The tail of the Podengo Canário breed is set low, as a continuation of the croup, going below the hocks, its tip is more tapered and white in color. During the trot it is desirable that the tail does not rise too high.

Specific care

Taking care of this dog's food is very important to ensure its agility and endurance. Because he is very active, he needs to run whenever possible and do constant physical activities; being difficult to adapt in small spaces. It does not need shearing, however it does require regular brushing of your hair.


THE Podengo Canary is a very resistant dog that can withstand various types of climates, yet it can develop diseases and problems that are common to a wide variety of breeds such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and gastric torsion, the latter is quite common in large dogs and must be treated surgically as it can lead to death when untreated.

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