Portuguese podengos come in three different sizes: pequeno (small), medio (medium), and grande (large). Then in each size group, you can have either smooth or wire coats. Colors can include yellow, fawn, red, or black with white markings. So if you want a podengo, you have lots of choices you need to make.
In general, the podengo is an intelligent, brave, and affectionate dog. It is a good watchdog and a good companion. Podengos can compete in lure coursing, flyball, agilty, tracking, rally, and obedience. In Europe, the breed has been recognized for registration by several groups. In the U.S., the AKC made the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno eligible to compete in the Miscellaneous class starting January 1, 2011. Dogs' wins can be recorded, but registration is not open yet for the breed.