Brando is now two years old and weighs 20kg.(44lbs) He is an amazingly fast and agile dog with a very strong sense of smell. He can leap over rocks, climb rock faces. jump onto sand from 2 metres high (6 feet) and loves digging sand to unearth small crabs. He loves water and can swim well but does not always choose to do so.
Since I first wrote this I have learned much more about Podengos and what they look like. I have also learned how to upload photos. I think that it is clear that these two are brother and sister. from different litters. I think that it is also clear thet they have Labrador genes. But their very compact size, sheer speed, energy and agility suggest that they are a cross with another Portuguese breed - as this is what we have in the islands. The obvious candidate is a Podengo Medio, somewhere in the parentage. Both love to hunt and Niki chased the first seagulls that she had ever seen for two hours as dusk was falling on a Devon, England beach, staring up at them as they flew 20 ft above her and racing endlessly backwards and forwards whenever they landed.
In appearance, he has a smooth thick biscuit-coloured coat. He has a white patch on his forehead and a white tip to his tail as well as white socks. In London he is keen to chase squirrels and urban foxes. He has a remarkable sense of smell. We believed that he is a Labrador cross - he looks like a puppy but is much too small for a Labrador male. By chance we met a rare Podengo Pequeno at the vet in London. They liked each other immediately despite a disparity in size. The more we looked at the pure Podengo Pequeno the more we identified characteristics of Brando. We now believe that he has Podengo Medio genes mixed with Labrador. Portuguese fishermen brought these from St John`s Newfoundland to Sal from 1905 on to collect salt to make cod into Bacalhau.
Dogs like Brando are common semi-wild dog in Sal - he has two young sisters who now live in Nuremberg, Germany (Niki is in the photo and Jet is the Avatar). You can find more about these dogs on www.capeverdeinfo.org.uk/cape_verde_pets.htm
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