Canarian Warren Hound

FCI standard Nº 329

Origin
Spain
Translation
Mrs. Peggy Davis
Group
Group 5 Spitz and primitive types
Section
Section 7 Primitive Type Hunting Dogs
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Wednesday 24 June 1987
Publication of the official valid standard
Wednesday 24 June 1987
Last update
Wednesday 03 November 1999
En français, cette race se dit
Chien de garenne des Canaries
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Kanarischer Podenco
En español, esta raza se dice
Podenco Canario
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Podenco Canario

Usage

Is used for rabbit hunting, and to that end, adapts perfectly to the many irregularities of the terrain by using his prodigious nose, his sight and hearing. He endures easily high temperatures and is capable of hunting from dawn to nightfall. Thanks to his nose and his hearing, he can also detect the presence of rabbits at the bottom of natural crevices of the terrain, in cracks in walls, in the heaps of stones at the edges of ploughed fields, in the volcanic tubes and in the thorny bushes. His extraordinary survival is no doubt due to his gifts as a hunter which have made him irreplaceable during the centuries. He is mainly a tracker dog who must neither bark nor catch the game during his scenting work. Is also used in hunting, combined with the ferret, method of hunting authorised on the islands. He usually takes the rabbits in his mouth.

Brief historical summary

On the Canary Islands, from where he originates, he is known under the name of Podenco Canario. We meet him frequently on all the islands, especially on the biggest, on the Gran Canary Island and the Isle of Teneriffe. The Podenco Canario is a dog of Egyptian origin which was probably imported to the Canary Islands by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Carthaginians and the Egyptians themselves. It is one of the most ancient breeds in existence, because we find numerous vestiges (engravings, statues, bas-reliefs) in the tombs of the Pharaohs and in the museums of the Louvre or the British Museum. This breed dates back about seven thousand years.

General appearance

It is a dog of medium size, built on longish lines, slender, light and extremely resistant. The skeleton is well developed. The absence of layers of fat make it possible to see the rib cage as well as the spinal column and the hip bones. The musculature is developed to the highest degree, lean, the contractions of the muscles are visible through the skin.

Important proportions

Sligthly longer than high. Chest well developed without coming down to the elbow. Muzzle slightly longer than the skull.

Behaviour / temperament

Courageous, nervy, agitated, and of an enthusiastic dynamism. Imposing but not at all aggressive. Attached with abnegation to his master, he stoically puts up with the most rigorous days without the least sign of fatigue.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Elongated, truncated cone shape, well in proportion with the body, of medium length of 21 to 22 cm. The cranial-facial axes are parallel.
Skull
Longer than wide, flat, with the occipital crest prominent. 
Stop
Barely marked.

Facial region

Nose
Large, flesh-coloured in harmony with the colour of the coat. Nostrils moderately open.
Muzzle
Large and prominent, in shape of a blunt cone, more or less dark flesh colour in harmony with the coat.
Lips
Fine and tight, of a colour in harmony with the nose.
Jaws and teeth
Scissor bite, teeth adapting perfectly, well developed.
Eyes
Oblique, small, almond-shaped. More or less dark amber in colour; the intensity depends on the colour of the coat. The expression is intelligent and full of nobleness.
Ears
Quite big, they rise up when the dog is in a state of excitation and are pricked in a slightly divergent position. At rest, they tip backwards. They are broad at their set on, ending in a point.

Neck

Well muscled, straight, with smooth skin and without dewlap, flexible and rounded.

Body

Back
Strong, musculature well developed, fit for the racing and the demands of the hunt.
Loin
A little elongated.
Croup
Bones of the rump quite solid, more visible in the thin subjects or in full hunting season.
Chest
The sternum is not protruding. Chest well developed, yet does not come down to the elbow. Ribs oval. The thoracic perimeter exceeds the height at the withers by 5 to 8 cm.
Side
Flanks well marked.
Underline and belly
Drawn up, without being as whippety as the Galgo.

Tail

Rather low set, appears as an extension of the rump. Round, reaches only a little lower than the hock. Hanging, or raised in sickle shape. A little tapered at the tip, which is usually white. Is never rolled up. It is not desirable it be carried too high when moving.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Perfectly vertical, straight and parallel; bone structure fine but solid; feet in shape of cat-feet, generally slightly turned outwards. Pads firm, slightly oval.
Angulations :
Scapula-humeral angle : about 110°.
Humeral-radial angle : about 140°.

Hindquarters

Generality
Well vertical, straight, robust; musculature well developed; hock quite high (about 18 cm from the ground); cat-feet really straight, pads firm and oval shaped. No dewclaws.
Angulations :
Coxal-femoral angle : about 110°.
Femoral-tibial angle : about 120°.
Angle of the hock : about 130°.

Gait and movement

The trot must be agile, extended and very light.

Skin

Firm, adheres without folds to the body.

Coat

Hair
Smooth, short and dense.
Colour
Preferably red and white, the red may be more or less intense, going from orange to dark red (mahogany). All combinations of these colours.

Size and weight

Height at withers
For males from 55 to 64 cm, for females from 53 to 60 cm.
Because of the differences of configuration of the terrains where the dog lives and hunts, these average sizes may vary; so one may accept deviations of 2 cm above the maximum size and 2 cm below the minimal size, as long as the subjects in question correspond to the archetype of the breed.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Serious faults

 Head excessively broad.
 Stop too marked.
 Pendulous lips.
 Absence of premolars.
 Prognathism.
 Ears too divergent.
 Flattened chest.
 Sternum protruding.
 Rolled up tail.
 Hocks too low; cow-hocked.
 Crossing of the fore and hindlegs at the walk.
 Aggressive behaviour.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

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