The Portuguese Podengo dog breed are friendly, hardy and intelligent companions. They are very active and usually good with children and other animals especially when socialized from an early age. Keen hunting dogs, the Podengo has an affinity for game regardless of size. Typically, the dogs hunt in a pack with their handler following. When game is found, they kill and retrieve it, or flush it towards the hunter to be shot. Reports say the breed are enthusiastic, trainable dogs.