Breeding group : Hounding
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GENERALBreed group: Hounding Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Sighting, Tracking
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 17-70 pounds Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Brown & White, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Andalusian Podenco is known by many other names like Podenco Andaluz, Andalusian Hound, Podenco Andalusian and Podenco Maneto Andalusian. It is a primitive Spanish dog that comes in three sizes; small, medium and large. The looks vary as the dog was bred for hunting and not for looks. Generally the dog has erect ears. The legs are longer and the body shape is average. It comes in three different colours and three different coat types. The size and weight of the Andalusian Podenco differs and is divided into three categories. The small size dog has height and weight of 12-15 inches and 11-22 pounds; the medium size has 16-20 inches and 22-40 pounds while the large size displays height of 20-25 inches and weight 46-73 pounds. The breed is NOT recognized by AKC however EPA and DRA recognize this dog.
The Andalusian Podenco is found in three colours. The colours are cinnamon, white and white and cinnamon.
This is one of the unique pure breeds that displays three coat types. One is 'hard hair'. Second is ' long silky hair' and third is 'short straight hair'. Grooming needs change with every coat type.
The Andalusian Podenco dog is primarily used to pursue/hunt small game. It is an intelligent and devoted dog with high sense of scenting, sighting and hearing. It can hear very low voices. The breed is very fast runner with its athletic body and strong legs. The dog is used either solely to pursue and hunt small game or in pair with other dogs. Large Andalusian Podenco are also used for scavenging rodents.
The grooming needs for this breed vary with different coat types as different hair types will need different grooming and maintenance.
This breed is an intelligent one. Best training for these breed are its puppyhood stage or as soon as they get home. Socialization and obedience training is important to keep them physically and mentally fit.
The dog is used to hunting and hence physical activities and will need lots of physical and mental stimulation to keep it fit and happy.