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  • Temperament: Playful, Charming, Lively
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 160 of 194
  • Height: 8-12 inches
  • Weight: 9-13 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Hound Group

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno standing in three-quarter view facing forward.
Wirehaired Portuguese Podengo Pequeno standing in three-quarter view facing forward.
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno trotting across green grass
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno standing in three-quarter view facing left.
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno smooth coat detail.
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

A wedge shaped head (a four sided pyramid) with erect ears, a sickle shaped tail, a sound skeleton, well muscled: very lively and intelligent, sober and rustic. This is a breed of moderation.

HEAD

Lean broad based wedge shaped as a four-sided pyramid when viewed from the top or in profile. A large base and a definite pointed muzzle. Skull – Flat, almost straight in profile. Prominent brow bone. Barely perceptible frontal furrow. Relatively flat between the ears. Prominent occiput. Planes: The plane of the muzzle very slightly diverges downward from the plane of the skull. Stop – Barely defined. Eyes -Very lively expression with small almond shape set slightly oblique. Not rounded or prominent. Eye color ranges from honey to dark brown in accordance with the coat

NECK, TOPLINE, BODY

Neck – A harmonious transition from head to body. Straight with a slight arch at the nape. Medium in length, well proportioned, strong and muscled. Very dry without dewlaps. Topline -Level. Withers – Only slightly visible. Back – Straight and long. Loin – Level, broad and well muscled. Croup – Straight or very slightly sloping and medium size. Well muscled. Chest – The chest reaches to the elbow. It is long and of medium width. The ribcage is slightly sprung. Moderate fore chest. Underline – The belly is lean and slightly tucked up.

FOREQUARTERS

Shoulder – Blade moderately laid back. Shoulder and upper arm angle is moderate. Elbow -Well tucked in. Forearm – Straight, long, muscled. Pastern – Short, lean, strong and slightly sloping. Feet – Oval, strong, tight, slightly arched. Strong nails and tough firm pads.

HINDQUARTERS

Upright when seen from the back and side. Well muscled and lean. Upper thigh – Long and of medium width, muscled. Stifle joint – Moderate angulation. Second thigh – Long, lean, strong, and well muscled. Hock joint – Medium height, lean, strong, moderately angled. Rear pastern – Strong, short, straight. Without dewclaws. Hind feet – As in front.

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About the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

The Pequeno is the smallest of Portugal’s three Podengo breeds, standing 8 to 12 inches at the shoulder and weighing no more than 13 pounds. A distinctive feature is the wedge-shaped head, with expressive almond-shaped eyes and erect, pointed ears. The long-backed body is muscular, the tail tapered and sickle-shaped, and the coat either short and dense or long and wiry. The overall look is that of a rustic, no-nonsense rabbit dog unspoiled by passing fashions.

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Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

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Care

NUTRITION

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

GROOMING

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a no-frills, wash-and-wear kind of dog who comes in two coat types: smooth and wire. Routine brushing followed by running a comb through the hair to eliminate any tangles in the wire coat, and an occasional wipe-down with a damp cloth on the smooth coat, will be sufficient to keep him in great shape between monthly baths. No clipping or scissoring is required. Starting a good dental-care program with regular brushing will alleviate the possibility of issues occurring later. Nails should be trimmed regularly using a nail clipper or grinder.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Specialty/Professional
Weekly Brushing

Shedding

Infrequent
Frequent
Seasonal

EXERCISE

Bred originally for rabbit hunting, the energetic Portuguese Podengo Pequeno requires brisk daily exercise. They have a rightful reputation for being tough and tireless. Playing in a large fenced yard, a vigorous walk daily, participation in agility or obedience trials, or hunting can provide the needed activity. They should only be allowed loose within safely fenced areas—as hunters, their instinct to follow their nose can get them into trouble quite quickly.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Regular Exercise

TRAINING

The PPP is a very lively and intelligent little dog. They are quick learners, but training must be fun and given in short sessions. They relish any sort of training, and excel at almost anything you ask them to do. They are easily trained as hunters, in performance sports, and, despite their small stature, as watchdogs. So long as you keep your training sessions positive, you will end up with a dog who will be welcome in any situation.

Trainability

May be Stubborn
Eager to Please
Independent

Temperament/Demeanor

Aloof/Wary
Outgoing
Friendly

HEALTH

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a healthy breed overall. With a small gene pool in the States, breeders screen breeding stock to be able to identify and breed away from possible genetic issues .Responsible breeders screen their stock for health conditions such as eye disorders and joint diseases such as hip dysplasia or patellar luxation (slipped stifles). Overall, the majority of PPPs are healthy dogs with few genetic problems.

Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.

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History

​Though new to the AKC Hound Group, Pequenos are an ancient breed. It’s thought that their ancestors were brought to Portugal in antiquity by successive waves of Phoenician, Roman, and Moorish traders and invaders. This breeding stock was adapted by the Portuguese to hunt rabbits in the craggy Iberian countryside. Pequenos have been called “probably the world’s smallest hunting dog.” Working alone or in small packs, they assist hunters by routing rabbits from their hiding places and into open country.

Did You Know?

At the November 2010 Board Meeting the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno of America will serve as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.
The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a rustic, hardy dog that lives well into its teens. It is a very healthy breed with few genetic problems.
The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a single coated breed that comes in two coat types: smooth and wire.

The Breed Standard

GENERAL APPEARANCE

A wedge shaped head (a four sided pyramid) with erect ears, a sickle shaped tail, a sound skeleton, well muscled: very lively and intelligent, sober and rustic. This is a breed of moderation.

HEAD

Lean broad based wedge shaped as a four-sided pyramid when viewed from the top or in profile. A large base and a definite pointed muzzle. Skull – Flat, almost straight in profile. Prominent brow bone. Barely perceptible frontal furrow. Relatively flat between the ears. Prominent occiput. Planes: The plane of the muzzle very slightly diverges downward from the plane of the skull. Stop – Barely defined. Eyes -Very lively expression with small almond shape set slightly oblique. Not rounded or prominent. Eye color ranges from honey to dark brown in accordance with the coat

NECK, TOPLINE, BODY

Neck – A harmonious transition from head to body. Straight with a slight arch at the nape. Medium in length, well proportioned, strong and muscled. Very dry without dewlaps. Topline -Level. Withers – Only slightly visible. Back – Straight and long. Loin – Level, broad and well muscled. Croup – Straight or very slightly sloping and medium size. Well muscled. Chest – The chest reaches to the elbow. It is long and of medium width. The ribcage is slightly sprung. Moderate fore chest. Underline – The belly is lean and slightly tucked up.

FOREQUARTERS

Shoulder – Blade moderately laid back. Shoulder and upper arm angle is moderate. Elbow -Well tucked in. Forearm – Straight, long, muscled. Pastern – Short, lean, strong and slightly sloping. Feet – Oval, strong, tight, slightly arched. Strong nails and tough firm pads.

HINDQUARTERS

Upright when seen from the back and side. Well muscled and lean. Upper thigh – Long and of medium width, muscled. Stifle joint – Moderate angulation. Second thigh – Long, lean, strong, and well muscled. Hock joint – Medium height, lean, strong, moderately angled. Rear pastern – Strong, short, straight. Without dewclaws. Hind feet – As in front.

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Colors & Markings

Colors

Description Standard Colors Registration Code
Black Check Mark For Standard Color 007
Chestnut Check Mark For Standard Color 070
Fawn Check Mark For Standard Color 082
Gold Check Mark For Standard Color 091
Gray Check Mark For Standard Color 100
Orange Check Mark For Standard Color 133
Red Check Mark For Standard Color 140
White & Black Check Mark For Standard Color 202
White & Chestnut Check Mark For Standard Color 499
White & Fawn Check Mark For Standard Color 207
White & Gold Check Mark For Standard Color 208
White & Gray Check Mark For Standard Color 210
White & Orange Check Mark For Standard Color 213
White & Red Check Mark For Standard Color 214
White & Yellow Check Mark For Standard Color 501
Yellow Check Mark For Standard Color 232

Markings

Description Standard Markings Registration Code
White Markings Check Mark For Standard Mark 014

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