Pepi´s Refuge houses many different types of dogs but the two Spanish breeds which are most difficult to re-home in Spain are the Galgo Español – the Spanish greyhound – and the Podenco, of which there are several different types.

About the Podenco

Adopting a PodencoThe Podenco is one of the oldest breed of Spanish hound and one of the most abused.  There are far more podencos than galgos in Spain, although sadly they are often overlooked in the perreras when rescue associations arrive to save dogs.  The Spanish still don’t accept that Podencos Make Great Pets and so their only hope of forever homes is outside of Spain.  For this reason, podencos are generally the first dogs to be euthanaised in the perreras.

Podencos come in both smooth and wire coated varieties and there are also several smaller breeds. The eyes of a Podenco are a striking amber colour and they have an alert and intelligent expression.

Character of Podencos

Podencos differ greatly from galgos as they are true working dogs.  Most podencos are sociable, loyal and affectionate creatures who forgive the terrible abuse they have suffered but some never get over their training and indeed instinct to hunt.

They have a wonderful zest for life, are agile and intelligent as well as being ´clowns´.  They also like nothing better than to curl up on the sofa and sleep!

Podencos would suit a home with an active lifestyle – if adopted young, they make great agility dogs – especially popular in Germany.  They also make great Canicross dogs, another fast-growing sport in Europe and the US.

Podenco Adoption Advice

For many of us who have heard of the terrible plight of the beautiful podenco, adoption is a possible way of helping but there are many things to consider before you make that important decision.

  • If you have cats, take extra care. This doesn’t mean that you can’t adopt a podenco if you have cat but proceed with caution.  Many podencos adapt happily to living with cats and can be found curled up on the sofa with them!   Pepis will advise if your chosen Podenco has been cat tested.
  • As with galgos, podencos need a secure garden – fencing/walls should be a minimum of 2 metres high as they have a huge jump from standstill.
  • Never leave an open window or balcony unattended.
  • As with any rescued dog, be prepared for possible damage to your home and/or garden.
  • As podencos are sighthounds, they should be kept on leads and totally secured when walking in the street, near roads or danger until recall has been established.  In some cases, recall is not guaranteed and therefore, these podencos will always need to be kept secured.  An anti-escape collar is fundamental  and for extremely timid dogs, an additional system with a harness is recommended.
  • Some podencos have a fear and flight reaction so if you do not have a firm hold of them, at all times, this could lead to them escaping. You should be on guard that your podenco doesn´t flee or try to make an escape.
  • An ideal environment for most podencos would be one filled with routines, regular exercise and quiet feeding time with as little stress as possible.
  • It will soon be apparent whether or not the podenco suffers from separation anxiety problems. If they were to show symptoms of anxiety in the absence of the owner, a behaviour modification programme will be needed.
  • The physical scars of their abuse may heal quickly, but their emotional and mental scars will take much longer to heal. Anyone wanting to adopt a Podenco must appreciate this and work with kindness and patience on the continued rehabilitation of their hound.

Why Adopt a Podenco From Pepis

Many podencos are dumped in killing dog pounds to be put to sleep and adopting directly from there may lead to all sorts of problems. You do not know if your podenco has Mediterranean diseases or infections that they have picked up at the dog pound or indeed has been spayed or castrated.

By adopting from Pepis you will have the guarantee that your podenco will have been seen by the vet, tested for diseases, has been handled at the refuge and their behaviour observed for signs of dominace, level of energy, good with cats, children, chickens etc.  In this way Pepis can better match a dog with prospective forever homes.

You can read more about the Podenco on and purchase a copy of the definitive guide to the Podenco – ‘From Pyramid to Perrera

Pepis has many podencos who arrived as puppies and are still waiting for forever homes.  Why not take a look in our Dogs for Adoption section.