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The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, a primitive breed, is known for its small size, erect ears, wedge shaped head, and two coat types, smooth and wire. It hunts by sight, scent and hearing, and is related to the Pharaoh Hound, Ibizan Hound, Cirneco dell'Etna and Basenji. The smooth coat is short and very dense, while the wire coat (rough) is long and harsh, with a bearded muzzle. Preferred coat color is yellow or fawn, with or without white markings.

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A Look Back

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 developed to hunt the harsh terrain of Portugal and penetrate the thickets to gain access to its prey, which was typically rabbits. The first Portuguese Podengo Pequeno came to the United States in the 1990's.

Right Breed for You?

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a very lively and intelligent breed that is easy to train, and many have done well in agility, obedience and rally. Since it was bred to hunt all day long and be ready to go again the next day, they require regular exercise and mental stimulation. Exercise should be done on-leash or in a secure, fenced area due to their chase instinct. Occasional brushing and bathing will maintain their coat.

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  • Hound group designation.
  • Ranging in size from 8 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder and 9 to 13 pounds.
  • Rabbit hunter.

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