Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Dog Breed

Learn more about this wiry, intelligent canine.
By: PawCulture Editors
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

About the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Breed

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a hound that hunts by sight, scent and hearing. They were bred to hunt the harsh terrains of Portugal, and their prey were typically rabbits.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Physical Characteristics

The breed is known for its small size, erect ears and wedge-shaped head.

Color(s)

Yellow, fawn or black and white markings.

Coat

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno comes in two coat types – smooth and wire.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Personality and Temperament

Activity Level

High

Positives

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno are lively and intelligent. They make great companions and also are willing to serve as a watchdog.

Things to Consider

Occasional bathing and brushing will be needed to help maintain their coat. The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, as it was bred to hunt all day long and be ready to go again the next day. The breed has an instinct to chase, so exercise should be done on a leash or in a secure, fenced-in area.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Care

Ideal Living Conditions

This breed does not do well in small apartment dwellings. They are, however, adapted for hot, sunny climates, and are perfectly happy to live and sleep outdoors, as long as they are provided with appropriate shelter.

Special Requirements

This is a very active breed, requiring a lot of daily activity and exercise.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Health

Due to its low intervention with humans, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno has little known incidences of inherited diseases or health problems.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno History and Background

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, a National Dog of Portugal, comes from the ancient hounds that came to the Iberian Peninsula with the Phoenician traders from the area of Asia Minor around 1,000 BC. It is a primitive breed.