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Canarian Warren Hound
España FCI 329 . Primitive type - Hunting Dogs

Podenco Canario

The Canarian Warren Hound is brave, decided to, generous and extremely loyal to his master.



The Canarian Warren Hound It is a breed canine Spanish Canary.

The Canarian Warren Hound, It is one of the oldest breeds known today., According to scholars of the breed, it dates from approximately 7000 years. This realize the numerous found vestiges of its representation in engravings, statues and bas-reliefs.

A native of Egypt, probably, He was taken by the Phoenicians, greeks, the same Egyptians to the Canary Islands and Carthaginian, where it is currently easy to see in the larger islands (Gran Canaria and Tenerife).

Since its inception, the Canarian Warren Hound has been placed in the wild and in the possession of the peasant who needed to hunt to survive. Given the perfect hunting qualities of this dog: his sense of smell, his hearing and his clear vision, as his great speed in the race after the dam, the peasant has had, always, a wonderful ally, It has been able to take advantage of.

The Canarian Warren Hound, as its name suggests it is found in the Canary Islands, and a dog is little known and disseminated outside their place of origin, It is not easy to find puppies.

Today, is perfectly adapted, both the flat lands as stony and mountainous, sandy, or soft like the prairies or very hard; You can both enter caves that penetrates in Lava Tubes or galleries, in thickets or forests, in the end, does not shy away from any obstacle.

Outside the hunting season, the living conditions of animals are very different: Well-kept dogs can be found and fed on clean kennels, as well as miserably neglected and malnourished chained dogs. Animals that are not or are no longer fit for hunting often suffer a cruel fate.
For this reason, dogs are increasingly placed abroad by animal protection organizations and individuals – an understandable and well-meaning activity, What, However, brings with it some problems: Dogs, who are usually already grown up, sometimes they are taken out of their simple rural living environment and taken to big cities. Noise and haste can be very harsh for them, his frequent lack of trust in humans further complicates it. His pronounced passion for hunting makes the free will, which would be absolutely necessary for the maintenance of the animals and to reduce stress, is often difficult or impossible. It also, in many cases are infected with so-called travel or Mediterranean diseases, that often require long and costly treatment.

Physical characteristics

The Canarian Warren Hound, is a dog from size medium, very light but tough.

The height to the cross males will of 55 to 64 cm and the females of 53 to 60 cm.. These measures have 2 cm tolerance up or down.

Has the muscles hyper developed and as it does not present adipose panniculus it is very easy to appreciate the rib cage, the spine and hip bone.

Has the head elongated with little pronounced stop, the eyes are small, almond-shaped and oblique.

Their ears they are rather large, When the Earth State of arousal keeps them in erect and fall backwards when it is at rest, they are wide at the base and end up in tip.

The limb perfectly Plumb, they are straight, has fine but strong bones. The tail is low, You can take the low or sickle-shaped, but does not exceed Hock.

The hair the Podenco Canario is smooth, tight and short. In the layer color combinations within the following are supported colors: Red and white, with more or less intense red, and finally, Orange to mahogany.



These dogs start to hunt from an early age, giving cases of animals less than three months that show strong hunting instinct.

When they discover and/or they chase prey, emit a characteristic short, repetitive bark, known to local hunters as "singing a rabbit".

Character and skills

The Canarian Warren Hound is an animal that shows no aggression normally, extremely loyal and noble to teammate, restless, independent, stubborn, worker and intelligent.

It´s brave and decided to, the race is fast and very agile, generous and extremely fell to its owner.

There are no guard and defense attitudes, at home it is "friend of all strangers", what makes it ideal as a pet.

If raised inside a Home, Once overcome the first six months of hyperactive life, shown as a quiet animal and customize, attitude changes drastically once comes to the field of hunting.

In its role of Hunter It has always been dedicated to the rabbit house and its most important feature is its ability to adapt to any type of terrain. It is capable of detecting the presence of the press inside cracks thorny bushes or stone walls, the Podenco Canario only to follow the trail of the prey with the sense of smell but without catching it.


In the Canary Islands is used in conjunction with the huron, since the latter catches the rabbit by the throat.

Caring for Canarian Warren Hound

As already mentioned, the dog should be given a housing environment that corresponds to its predisposition. Rural areas with low traffic and a manageable hunting density are appropriate.
Proper exercise in any weather with as much free running as possible is a must for this active dog.

The short coat is very easy to care for; just brush from time to time.

Canarian Warren Hound Health

The breed is basically a robust dog with low susceptibility to disease; therefore, breed-specific diseases are largely unknown.

But, the Canarian Warren Hound can suffer from the typical travel or Mediterranean diseases of dogs (among others, leishmaniosis, dirofilariasis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis) like all the other dogs.
Many animals are chronically infected without showing symptoms of disease. But, these dogs are unhealthy and can infect other animals through vectors (ticks and blood-sucking insects).
So, imported dogs should always be thoroughly examined for the diseases mentioned (the call “travel profile”).

The average life expectancy is about 12 years.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 5: Spitz and primitive types
  • Section 7: Primitive type - Hunting Dogs. Without working trial..


  • FCI – Group 5: Spitz-type dogs and primitive type – Section 7: Primitive type – Hunting dogs..

FCI breed standard "Canarian Warren Hound"

FCIFCI - Canarian Warren Hound
Warren hound

Alternative names:

1. Canary Island Podenco, Canary Island Hound, Podenco Canario (English).
2. Podenco canario (French).
3. Podenco Canario (German).
4. Podenco Canario (Portuguese).
5. Podenco Canario (español).

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