These dogs are very ancient breed of dogs. These dogs are said to have original brought to their native of Iberia by the Romans and Phoenicians. These dogs are natural hunters and are very well known for their hunting skills. These dogs are very strong dogs. They are also very well balanced. These dogs, along with being very strong in nature and being very well balanced, are also very proportional dogs in nature. These dogs, although were excellent hunters, never hunted alone. These dogs were known for hunting in packs. These dogs also had another name, their complete name, and that was, Podengo Mostra. Here, in their name. Mostra means pack.
Today, these dogs can be found commonly over various places in Europe. These dogs are also known to be very adaptable and have the ability and the talent to work very well and efficiently in any kind of terrain provided to them. These dogs as the name suggests are originated from Portuguese. On the basis of their size, these dogs are divided in to 3 different types. That is, Grande, Medio and Pequeno. As this division are made on the basis of their sizes, Grande means the dogs that re quite large in size. Medio as the name suggests are dogs that are quite medium sized in nature and the last but not the least, the pequeno dogs are those dogs that are small in size as compared to the other dogs of this breed.
These dogs however, no matter what type, do not have any specific coat that they should appear in. All these 3 types of dogs can appear having either a coat of wire in nature or with a smooth natured coat. These dogs are also said to be one of the healthiest breed of dogs that can be found. These dogs are said to be very agile in nature. Along with being very agile, these dogs are also very easily trainable. These dogs stand out when compared to other dogs mainly because of their pyramid shaped head. They also have a pair of erect ears. These dogs as said earlier have very agile movements. Along with all this these dogs also have a very elegant body line. Their head in kind of shaped like a wedge.
They have the presence of a single, quite long, sickle shaped tail. They also have a pair of pricked up ears. They are very well proportioned dogs. Their body is well muscled. The body length of these dogs is a little larger when compared to the body height of the dog, at their withers. These dogs when well taken care of and given proper amount exercise will grow up to the height of approximately 22 inches to 28 inches at their withers; this is of the large type. The medium sized dogs will grow to the height of about 16 inches to 22 inches at their withers and the small sized dogs will grow up to the height of approximately about 8 inches to 12 inches at their withers.