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Podengo Portugueso Medio – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: NA
Height: NA
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt a Podengo Portugueso Medio, Dog Breed Guide


Podengo Portugueso Medio are so enthusiastic learners and performers that this particular breed has been chosen to be dog actors in various Hollywood big movie productions including:

  • Dante’s Peak
  • Three Wishes
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
  • Zeus and Roxanne
  • Secondhand Lions
  • Can of Worms
  • Soccer Dog: The Movie.

Official Name

Podengo Portugueso Medio


Date –

  • 5th century for the smooth haired variety
  • 20th century for the wire-haired type.

Country – Portugal
Family / Group – Hound, Southern

Recognized By:
Portuguese Podengo Club of America
Continental Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
United Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Kennel Club – Foundation Stock Service Program


The Podengo Portugueso Medio or also known as the Medium Portuguese Podengo or simply as the Medio, is a hound breed that originates in Portugal.

The Médio is the variety that was specifically bred to specialize on rabbits. This particular Podengo are very skilled rabbit hunters that they can chase, retrieve and also flush this type of game. The Médio is capable of stalking its prey like a big cat, often jumping above the game and landing on or beside the prey to easily flush it out of anything it tries to hide under. These Podengos are also known to dig just to flush the game!


Podengo Médio is a dog that is hardy and intelligent. Among the three Podengo breeds, the Medio is considered to be friendlier. They are great to have around children and other animals. These are very active hunting dogs that are famous for being watchful out in the field. Once something attracts the Medio’s attention, it will bark until it gets the hunter’s attention. They are also diggers, but excel more in jumping, leaping and climbing!

Bred For

The Podengo Portugueso Medio was created to specialize in flushing hares. This hound breed can hunt, chase, flush and retrieve hares. They were developed to have a catlike hunting technique, stalking their prey before jumping over them or beside the game so they can flush it out from whatever they are hiding.


Podengo Portugueso Medio is a dog that should not be kept as apartment pets. These are dog that will love areas with hot and sunny weather.


Podengo Portugueso Medio is a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming. Both coat types of each size variety naturally shed dust and dirt, drying their coat quickly and making them very efficient self-cleaning dogs! These are dogs that shed hair in average amounts.


Podengo Medio is the easiest to train. These Podengos are very enthusiastic and can learn high degree and complex lessons.


Medium Podengos are very healthy dogs.


Medium Portuguese Podengo should be taken on walks every day.