Fresh Food for Portuguese Podengos
One of the national dogs of Portugal, the Portuguese Podengo comes in two sizes—medium (about 16-22 inches) and large (22 to 28 inches). (There is also a small version known as the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.) Bred to hunt, these smart, alert dogs are playful and get along well with children as well as other dogs. They may see smaller animals, including cats, as prey. Devoted to their families, they are not so into strangers, which makes them good watchdogs. Podengos need a lot of exercise. If you have a yard, the fencing should be tall because these dogs can jump really high. Some have wire coats; others have smooth coats. The wire-haired dogs shed and require more brushing.
What’s the best dog food for Portuguese Podengos?
A diet of fresh food for your Portuguese Podengo is the best way to support their health and happiness — along with lots of daily exercise, regular vet care, and a loving family.
Why fresh is best for your Portuguese Podengos
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Portuguese Podengos’s health. Recipes from The Farmer’s Dog are made with fresh, human-grade ingredients, steamed to retain nutrients, and pre-portioned to help maintain weight.Feed Fresh Today
Podengos are prone to joint issues. Maintaining a lean body condition can help. And fresh food from The Farmer’s Dog contains Omega-3 fatty acids, proven to reduce inflammation and improve arthritis. Even if kibble contains these healthy fats, they can go rancid sitting on the shelf for long periods. Rancid fats don’t deliver the intended health benefits, and in fact can contribute to inflammation. Fresh food delivers these powerful nutrients intact to your Portuguese Podengo.
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your Portuguese Podengo's health. It supports optimal muscle growth and maintenance and a strong heart. Another hallmark of a digestible diet is what we call “high quality poops.” Research shows that a digestible, bioavailable diet affects the quality and quantity of your dog’s poop—making it less voluminous, and less stinky, than their poop on a kibble diet!
Know what’s in the bowl
For Portuguese Podengos with dry and itchy skin, sensitive stomachs, or other signs of food allergies and sensitivities, it’s important to know exactly what you’re feeding—something that can be impossible with kibble, which often contains ingredients not listed on the bag. Allergies and intolerances to food are all too common and many dog owners notice symptoms clear up when they switch to fresh food.
Maintain a healthy weight
It’s critically important to avoid overfeeding any dog, big or small. Being even a little overweight can increase your Portuguese Podengo's odds of developing a host of diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. A fresh-food plan, tailored to your dog’s needs, and delivered in pre-portioned packs, makes weight maintenance easy.
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