It is good to know that there are still hunting podengos in the States. Many Medios are still used in Portugal to catch rabbits. We met one called Kanga, who looks like a thinner, smaller and lighter version of Zoey. She lives in a motorhome on the Lisbon camp site and hunts mostly at night. There are no rabbits on the camp site but she quicly eliminated a plague of rats. She would not eat these herself but brought them back to give to cats.
Many of the Portuguese who disembarked at New Bedford came from the Cape Verde islands. Good mariners, they were recruited in the islands by whalers to replace the casualties from the trip south. After reaching America, few wanted to return. Some would have brought Podengo Medios with them on the boat service between Massachussets and the Cape Verde islands. Although there are no rabbits on the islands, they would have been adept at catching all small mammals from lizards to field mice and small crabs and turtles. This skill would have kept them going when the food ran out and less resourceful breeds might have starved.