AKC PuppyFinder: Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Lively, alert, playful; charming and well mannered around the house
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Quick and athletic, Pequenos love to run, romp, and chase
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 8-12 inches
  • Weight: 9-13 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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This ancient hunting breed, prized for their agility and stamina has evolved into a popular family pet. Quick and lively when at work, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a well-mannered and charming housemate. Your Portuguese Podengo Pequeno puppy is smart and trainable and excels at dog sports. Although small in size, he's also a natural watchdog. Give him plenty of physical and mental exercise and this playful little athlete will thrive.

History & Job
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Origin: Portugal

Year Recognized: 2013

Breed History & Job Description: 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.

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Portuguese Podengo Poquenos are generally a healthy breed. 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.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
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