So here's an article by Bev Farmer of Podenco Friends on just why rescue associations insist on fencing/walls to be at least 2m high before adopting a podenco.
Why do we request secure fencing ideally 2m high.
To be fair over the years very few of the Podencos have climbed or jumped the fencing, but if motivated they have the ability to do so. The majority have little interest to escape. Plus it's not always the big podencos, this is Rebecca who was smaller and she would climb the fencing like a rock climber and it was no problem her making the 2m jump down.
I understand people's frustration about the stipulation for secure fencing but it is for the safety of the dog and trying to reduce the risk of it escaping. Once on the run they could get injured or worse and no one wants that.
Rebecca did this to be close to me. If I was on site she never bothered, only if I had gone out walking other dogs.. Where we were there was very little traffic, she would come and find me, not go on a walkabouts and disappear for hours.. Having said that, it was always a worry. When she went to her new home they had a different type of fencing which she could not climb, and she never attempted to do so.
But please do not let this stop you applying to adopt, it s not always a no if you do not have 2m fence.. every Podenco is different and some may be able to be homed where the fence is not so high.
When staying with Bev on one occasion I watched an agile young podenca climb the fence and disappear into the campo, only to return a couple of hours later with a rabbit pressie for Bev!