|United Kennel Club|
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: An ancient breed of Egyptian origin, its ancestors were probably brought to the Canary Islands by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Carthaginians and the Egyptians themselves. The breed dates back about seven thousand years. It hunts rabbits and ferrets by sight, scent and sound and has extraordinary survival skills. The Podenco Canario was recognized by the United Kennel Club July 1, 2006.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: A medium sized, slender, light breed that carries no excess fat. The ribs, spinal column and hip bones are readily apparent and the musculature is very lean and well developed.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Courageous, enthusiastic and energetic, not at all aggressive, and very attached to his master.
HEAD: Long and cone shaped, with parallel planes.
Skull: The skull is flat, longer than wide, and has a marked occipital crest. The stop is barely marked.
Nose: Large, and flesh colored.
Muzzle: Longer than the skull, shaped like a blunt cone. The lips are fine and tight, the same color as the nose.
Jaws/Teeth: The Podenco Canario has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Eyes: Small, almond shaped, and obliquely set. Dark amber in color, the depth depending on the coat color. The expression is intelligent and noble.
Ears: Large and prick, broad at the set-on, and tapering to a point. At rest, they tip backwards.
NECK: Well muscled, straight, flexible and rounded, with no dewlap.
BODY: The body is slightly longer than tall. The chest is well developed but does not come down to the elbow. The sternum does not protrude in front of the point of the shoulder. The ribs are oval. The back is strong and the loin is somewhat elongated. The hipbones are visible. The belly is drawn up but not whippety.
TAIL: Set rather low and reaching just below the hock. It is carried hanging or in a sickle shape. It is a little tapered at the tip, which is generally white. The tail should never be curled or carried too high when moving.
FOREQUARTERS: The angulation of the shoulder blade and upper arm is approximately 110 degrees.
FORELEGS: Perfectly vertical, straight and parallel with fine but solid bone. The feet generally turn slightly outwards.
FEET: Cat feet with firm pads.
HINDQUARTERS: The angulation of the pelvis and femur matches that of the shoulder blade and upper arm.
HIND LEGS: The hind legs are vertical and straight with strong musculature. Angulation at the stifle is 120 degrees and at the hock it is 140 degrees. The hocks are quite high.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Agile, extended, and very light.
HAIR: Smooth, short, and dense.
COLOUR: Any combination of red and white, with the red ranging from orange through mahogany.
Height at withers: Height at the withers for males is from 21.5 to 25 inches. For females, it is 21 to 23.5 inches.
Head: Head excessively broad.
Skull: Excessive stop.
Muzzle: Pendulous lips.
Teeth: Absence of premolars.
Body: Protruding sternum.
Hind Legs: Low hocks.
Tail: Rolled up tail.