Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

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Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are a sweet and lively hound, bred to hunt rabbits. They are smart and great with kids. They do well with other dogs and cats, but aren’t so wonderful with birds or rodents. Though small, Podengos need a vigorous daily walk.

They come in short and wire coated varieties, and are not hypoallergenic.

Check out below for lots more Podengo photos.

Podengos also come in a medium size, resembling sturdy small Ibizan Hounds, as seen below:


This is an ancient breed; A 10th century bas-relief sculpture, located at the church of Saint John the Baptist in Tomar, Portugal, clearly depicts a Podengo-type dog. 

It is believed that in the 15th century the breed traveled on board with Portuguese explorers to rid the ships of vermin during long voyages. Once landfall was made the Podengos were hunted to provide the sailors with fresh meat. What a versatile breed!

Podengos were bred small to fit in tight spaces and their cheerful attitude made them easy companions to take along.

Here are several of the Podengo line up at the Eukanuba Invitational last December 2011.

By the Numbers

Size: They should be 8-12 inches tall and weigh 11-13 pounds.
Coat Care: 1 – Very low; requires an occasional bath.
Trainability: 8: They are easy to train and eager to please. They pick up new commands quickly.
Energy level: 8: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are a high energy breed. They do best with a family that is high energy as well.
Good with Children: 8 Pequenos love kids.

Noise level: low - 3
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: 7 Pequenos, in wire or short haired, shed a lot. They are not hypoallergenic.

Check out a video of this charming breed: Podengo "Larry the Cable Guy"

If you are looking for a puppy, first read What is a Responsible Breeder. To make sure YOU have what it takes, check out: What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner.
Then you can start your search at the Portuguese Podengo Pequenos Club of America.

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More Podengo Pictures

Podengo babies are incredibly cute as you can see with the short-hair above and wire-hair below.

This friendly Podengo is jumping for his neighbor's goodie.

This breed is a natural pack animal -- these two short-hairs are naturally gaiting with each other.

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