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The Podenco Canario is a breed of dog native to the Canary Islands, Spain. It is known for its athletic body and short, compact coat. They are intelligent, agile and restless dogs, with a friendly temperament.

General details

The weight range of the Podenco Canario is from 17 to 25 kilograms. The height in males is between 55 and 63.5 cm and in females between 53 and 60 cm. Their life expectancy is 11 to 13 years. The Podenco Canario belongs to Group 5 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes Spitz and primitive type dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Podenco Canario is an ancient breed of dog native to the Canary Islands, Spain. It is believed to be descended from dogs brought to the region by the ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians thousands of years ago. These dogs were used as hunters of rabbits and other prey in the rugged and rocky terrain of the islands. Over the years, the Podenco Canario has developed distinctive characteristics adapted to its island environment. The breed has remained relatively pure due to the geographic isolation of the islands. Today, the Podenco Canario is appreciated as a companion and hunting dog.

Breed characteristics

The Podenco Canario is a medium-sized, well-proportioned and athletic dog. Its head is elongated, and its eyes are small and almond-shaped, generally dark. The ears are erect when at attention and the tail is long and drooping, with a slight upward curve. In terms of coat and coloration, the Podenco Canario has a smooth, short and compact coat. The color of its coat is red and white, and the red can vary from orange to dark red. The Podenco Canario is known to be a courageous, restless and persevering dog. They are excellent hunters, especially for hunting rabbits and other small animals. In addition to their hunting instinct, they are noble and affectionate with their families. They require proper socialization from an early age to develop a balanced personality.

Common health problems

Information on the most common diseases in the Podenco Canario breed is very limited. Even so, it is likely that it is predisposed to suffer from some of the most common disorders in dogs such as cataract, retinal dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and dermatitis.

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