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Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
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The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, a National Dog of Portugal, is derived from the ancient hounds that came to the Iberian Peninsula with the Phoenician traders from the area of Asia Minor around 1,000 BC. This rustic breed was further shaped by the Portuguese terrain and climate, and its use by the Portuguese farmers as a rabbit hunting dog to become the small, hardy and healthy breed we know and love today.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, a primitive breed, is known for its small size, rectangular shape, erect ears, wedge shaped head, moderate angulation and two coat types, smooth and wire. It is a well muscled, lively intelligent breed. It is a breed of moderation. It hunts by sight, scent and hearing, all keenly developed senses. It is a natural pack dog that can hunt all day long and is ready to go again the next day. They are easy to train and have done well in agility, obedience and rally.

The first Portuguese Podengo Pequeno came to the United States in the 1990's. More than 360 now reside in over 35 states. A complete history of the breed can be found in the book by Vitor Viega, "The Portuguese Podengo", now available in an English translation.

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