The Portuguese Podengo while an ancient breed, is just starting to become known more widely outside Portugal - Portuguese hunters have brought these dogs with them for generations as they migrated, however, the breed now has enthusiasts trying gain breed recognition with the American Kennel Club so that they can show the dog in North America.
Coming in three sizes and two coat types, the Podnego is one of the breeds that probably was introduced to a range of areas by sailors; in this case it is said that Phonecian sailors kept the dogs on board to kill vermin when they were at sea and hunt when they were on land. The Podnego then was further developed in Portugal where they were primarily used as hunters.
Coat types are smooth and wire, while the Podengo sizes are Grande (44 - 66 pds/ 20 - 30 kg), Medio (35-45pds/16 - 20 kg.), and Pequeno 10 - 13 pds/4.5 -6 kg). Additionally, the Grande is taller than the Medio, however, the two can be born in the same litter. The Grande is the least common while the Pequeno is gaining popularity as a house dog. This is a breed that is valued for function and health, being a long lived breed in all sizes.
The Podengo probably shares some ancestors with the Ibizan and Pharaoh hounds, which I personally think of with some of the Podengo Medio I have seen. As the breed becomes more popular for bench shows, I'm sure the looks will become more unified; I hope that the hardiness of the breed does not suffer. As long as the Podengo is still hunted though, some bloodlines will remain valued for their robustness and athleticism rather than being bred with undue emphasis on their confirmation.