Canarian Warren Hound

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Hounding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , ,


Size: Large     Weight: 55 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & White, Brown & White, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: 11-13 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Canarian Warren Hound is also known by other names as Canary Islands Hound, Podenco Canario or Canarian Pharaoh Hound. It is an ancient dog breed that has its roots in the ancient Egyptian times. Though the dog is originally from the Canary Island in Spain, its ancestral roots goes back to Egyptian boundaries. Its ancestors were probably brought to the Canary Islands by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Carthaginians and the Egyptians themselves. The dog is primarily used for hunting small game and specially rabbits. The dog is medium sized, slender, light breed without excessive fat. The dog stands from 21.5 to 25 inches and can weigh up to 55 lbs.

The head is elongated, truncated cone shape with skull being flat and longer than wide. Large nose is flesh colored. Muzzle is large and prominent. Eyes are oblique, small and almond shaped with large and pricked ears that are wide at base and tapering to a point. Neck is strong with tight skin and without dewlap. Body is slightly longer than tall with a strong, muscular and well developed back, fit for racing and hunting. The chest is well developed. Strong loin is slightly elongated. Forelegs are perfectly straight, vertical and parallel with fine but solid bone. Hindlegs are vertical and straight. Tail is set rather low.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI and UKC.


Colour can be any combination of red and white with red in varying shades from orange to dark red or mahogany.


The dog has short, dense and straight coat that is easy to groom.


The Canarian Warren Hound is a courageous, enthusiastic and energetic. It is a hunting dog with even temperament, not aggressive and very attached to its master. Pleasant and friendly, the dog can be high-strung and nervy at times but with proper training and socialization, it will become patient and tolerant even with small children. This affectionate dog is social and will get along with other dogs very well. Its interaction with other non-canine pets should be monitored as the dog has high prey drive. This high energy dog will need lots of exercise and space to run and play. It is not suitable for apartment dwellers or for owners who can not meet high exercise demands of this dog. An under exercised or bored dog will indulge itself in digging. It can make a tunnel under a fence in a matter of minutes! With proper training and socialization, the Canarian Warren Hound makes excellent family pet for active families with large yards.


Short coat of this breed needs occasional brushing. The naturally shiny coat can be wiped with a wet cloth or chamois will keep the coat clean and shiny.


Though sometimes believed to be high-strung and nervy, the Canarian Warren Hound can be trained to become patient and tolerant. It is responsive to its master and should not pose any problems during training but the trainer or owner has to display true packleader skills to get his orders across. The dog should be trained to ward-off its nervy character. One other important aspect of training should be to recall the dog when off leashed. It loves to run fast and freely and once off leashed, the dog will run and may not hear his master. With patient and consistent gentle training, it can be taught to halt when told.


This highly energetic dog breed needs plenty of exercise and physical and mental stimulation along with large open spaces to run and play. It is suitable for houses with large yards and preferably a suburban or rural setting. This is not a breed for small house or apartment owners. It can take part in dog sports that require speed and energy. The dog should be given ample exercise to burn off its excessive energy or the dog may show undesirable behavior such as digging and chewing.

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