I am new to Podengos – never actually met one, and joined here to find out exactly what I do want by those who live with these guys.
To introduce myself: I used to do lots of dog activities (obedience, herding, agility, tracking, therapy certification, event organizing, etc – but have not tried lure, yet!). However, I am less inclined to these kinds of organized events now, so I am interested in a "pet" rather than a competitor (I am also in an isolated area that would require too much traveling to be competitive). Therefore, I don’t need the strong drive that I used to treasure in a dog, but would enjoy ‘curiosity’ as a valuable training attribute. Additionally, I live in the Southwest, so heat tolerance is necessary.
I have been researching breeds for some time and have come to the conclusion that a Podengo would be just what I am looking for. I am seeking a fun, personable, responsive, loyal companion who plays well with others and enjoys hiking (sounds like a line for a dating site – haha). A dog that is clean and easy-groom would be a plus. I also like a dog who will enjoy a good laugh – and the podengo is apparently known for this. I have a cat, so less drive would please her as well.
While looks are not a priority, I am drawn to the spiky looks of the wire-haired podengos and I probably prefer a medio, although a grande is not out of the question. I would not be opposed to a fair amount of white in the coat either. Health and good structure, however, are important. I also prefer a male puppy.
All this being said, now is not THE time to bring a new puppy into my life. I will probably be ready about this time next year. I have an elderly dog who deserves all my attention right now. So I will just be window shopping until the time is right.
I look forward to meeting you all and learning more about Podengos!