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but Apple the computer company) no longer hosts web sites.
It'll be a bit before Apple (who has animals <g>) arranges new
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This will be where to meet and learn about Apple's variety of critters. There are photos and stories about present and past dogs, birds and reptiles.
This will be where to meet and learn about the Portuguese Podengos; ancient, primitive hunting dog breeds developed in Portugal thousands of years ago.
At some point, the Portuguese people thought to breed their dogs selectively, chosing to breed "this" specific dog they liked to "that" specific dog they liked. But, before that - many, many years before that - the dogs chose their own partners and the way Podengos looked and acted was shaped solely by how well they dealt with their environment, including what ther humans expected of them.
There were likely plenty of puppies, but if life was hard at any given time they may not have all survived. You can imagine that during lean times several hundred years ago the dogs were valued for their ability to put meat on the table. The more desirable dogs were those with functional fitness and hunting ability. They used their noses efficiently and ran faster, perhaps even catching the prey animal before the hunter could get his gun ready, and maybe even bringing the prey back to the owner's hand. The most favored dogs didn't run off with other hunters and/or dogs and didn't argue with their own owners, their families or their kids. Presumably, these preferred dogs would be favored with extra care and would therefore more likely be healthier, stronger hunters. Those dogs would be the most likely to breed and the pattern would repeat itself.
Dogs which wandered away and got lost didn't bring their genes to the pack's gene pool, nor did the less agile dogs who lost a battle with a wild boar and didn't come home from a hunt. Dogs that were sickly, didn't hunt well or bit the children would also be removed from a pack. The dogs were gradually being shaped by their environment into "better" podengos - podengos as we know them, now - without any specific effort on the part of their owner/hunters to "create" the breed.
This is what is referred to as a "natural" breed... a breed which was not created by humans selectively breeding for particular traits, but a breed developed and shaped over thousands of years by the environment. "Environment" includes the weather, terrain, prey animals, other animals in the region and, of course, the way in which humans used them. Because of the broad range of these factors in Portugal, podengos have developed into six types including three sizes and two coats. There's a coat and size to suit everybody's hunting style or game animal!
A very rough, rocky ground requires a smaller yet sturdy dog with a low center of gravity for slipping between the rocks. If hunters are after prey which has "gone to ground," they need an assertive, persistent little dog like the 8" to 12" Podengo Pequeno (Small) rather than a tall, running dog.Hunters who prefer a more leisurely hunt that doesn't cover so much ground may also prefer the Pequeno.
Hunting rabbits on rolling hills with little brush begs for a taller, faster dogs like the 16" to 22" Medio/Medium size Podengo. Medios also have very active noses and a great enough prey drive they're willing to sacrifice physical comfort in order to penetrate heavy brush and get to their prey. More brush just means more medios!
If your game is the dangerous wild boar or other large animals such as deer or elk, you'll definitely want to have some Grande (large) Podengos along. Centuries of hunting wild boar or other large animals such as deer or elk on rough ground with thicker brush necesitates the development of a Grande. For a bigger, stronger, sturdier body, a Podengo Grande (Big) is the way to go. He is a larger, heftier dog with an excellent nose to detect prey in the bramble patches, the persistence to crash through the brush and the bravery to do his part in detaining the boar.
There are two types of coats, too. The Liso (short/smooth) and the Cerdoso (long/wiry.) In cold regions you would see a tight, smooth coat; one which insulates the dog and dries quickly if it gets wet. That would be the Pelo Liso/Smooth Coat. Over many, many years, a hot, sunny climate will favor dogs with longer, open coats without undercoat. It doesn't need to insulate the dog from extreme cold, it just needs to protect the dog from the sun. Hence the Pelo Cerdoso. (Long/wire hair.)
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