Prey Drive In Podencos

7 Feb 2024, 2:28 p.m. by Tracey McLennan


Podenco is the Spanish word for hound and the Podenco is not a single breed. Instead, Podenco describes a group of several simlar breeds. They are bred as rabbit hunting dogs. Podencos are mentioned as hunting companions in Spanish literature at least since the 15th century. Podenco breeds differ in size and coat type. Podencos hunt using sight, scent and hearing.

Keep Your Podenco Happy

Even if they are living as companions, most hunting dogs appreciate the chance to use their hunting instincts. Giving them safe opportunities is likely to keep them feeling happy and settled - and less likely to develop behaviour problems.

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Predatory Motor Sequence statistics for Podencos. The graph shows the percentage of Podencos in my research study that had a strong level of interest in each behaviour.

Bar chart showing the percentage of Podencos intensely interested in each part of the predatory motor sequence

Hunt: 69%

Orient: 69%

Eye: 54%

Stalk: 23%

Chase: 69%

Grab-bite: 69%

Possess: 31%

Kill-bite: 46%

Dissect: 23%

Consume: 8%

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I am the founder of Best Dog Learning and Stuff and a massive prey drive enthusiast. I've lived with high prey drive dogs for over 20 years and I love them. I run the awesome High Prey Drive Club where I help my members learn to have fabulous walks and happy lives with their high prey drive dogs.

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