Personality:Lively, alert, playful; charming and well mannered around the house
Coat & Grooming:The no-frills Pequeno, wirehaired or smooth-coated, requires just routine brushing
Energy Level:Very Active; Quick and athletic, Pequenos love to run, romp, and chase
Meet 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.
What's Their Story?
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.
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.