The no-frills Pequeno, wirehaired or smooth-coated, requires just routine brushing.
Pequenos earned their rep as tough, tireless hunting buddies of farmers and country squires, but they are also cherished as pets by Portuguese city dwellers. Their compact body, trainability, and agreeable personality make them ideal town dogs. Smart and versatile, Pequenos are athletes who can master any number of dog sports. They’re excellent watchdogs and take to the job naturally. Pequenos are a robustly healthy, long-lived breed and are said to be quick learners.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The PPP is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Both need regular weekly grooming with a brush and the occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
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. Bred originally for rabbit hunting, a PPP requires brisk daily exercise. Daily play sessions, vigorous walks, dog sport training and hunting will keep the PPP in top form.
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease and patellar luxation. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of PPPs are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a PPP can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.