Portuguese Podengo Pequeno: Dog Breed Profile

Favorability above average
friendly above average
child friendly above average
pet friendly above average
exercise needs above average
play Moderate
energy level High
Trainability above average
intelligence above average
Tendency to bark above average
shedding amount Moderate

History of Pekno, Podengo, Portugal

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is an ancient breed thought to have been brought to the coastal country of Portugal (Spain’s neighbor) by traders (and invaders) who came to the region from places like Rome. In fact, the lineage of the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dates back to 600 BC, when they lived among the Romans and Phoenicians.

While they may not be Portuguese, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno earned their name by quickly becoming a local favorite. As you might expect from a dog also known as the Portuguese Rabbit Dog, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno has a special ability to catch and kill rabbits, making it immediately valuable to local residents. Their impressive hunting skills were also used on many of the 15th century ships that sailed from the coast of Portugal to the Americas, as the same traits that made them great rabbit hunters also made the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno a generally successful rodent hunter.

Despite their early crossing of the Atlantic, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno doesn’t seem to have accomplished much in the Americas. The breed was not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) until 2011, and they were first placed in the Miscellaneous category before being redesignated as the Hound Group in 2013.

Portugal Podengo Pequeno Treatment

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is an active dog. As family pets, they may not go rabbit hunting, but they need somewhere else to channel all their energy. Long daily walks are key, and having a spacious fenced backyard is also ideal for this breed, although this is not required as long as they do a lot of other activities each day. Speaking of that fence, it matters. Portugal’s Podengo Pequenos will soon be following their noses and if they start chasing, they will be hard to stop.

When it comes to training, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is smart, driven, and tends to excel as a training subject. Use only positive reinforcement, encouraging positive behaviors and ignoring negative behaviors. The well-trained and sociable Portuguese Podengo Pekno will be friendly with strangers and other dogs and will make excellent family members.

Grooming the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno doesn’t take a lot of work. Follow a standard bathing schedule (about once a month is sufficient), and if the coats are sturdy, be sure to comb them after bathing, or they may become tangled. Other good grooming habits to follow include trimming your nails every month, as well as cleaning your ears every week and brushing your teeth at least five days a week. Regular brushing can also be added to the mix if your Portuguese Podengo Pequeno has long and/or stiff hair.

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common health problems

Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are very healthy dogs with no known predisposition to certain genetic diseases. However, all purebred dogs are prone to certain health conditions and it is important to know what to look out for. Some specific conditions to keep in mind when it comes to Portuguese Podengo Pequeno include hip dysplasia, eye disease and patellar luxation (also known as stunt knee).

If buying a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno from a breeder, ask if the breed has any of these issues. Health problems associated with Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are treatable and/or manageable, but it’s good to know what you might expect.

Diet and Nutrition

The nutritional needs of the Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are the same as those of most dogs, and the breed does best on a high-quality diet rich in protein. If necessary, meet certain dietary needs, such as if your Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a puppy or elderly. Feel free to give your Portuguese Podengo Pequeno plenty of healthy snacks, but if you notice weight gain, keep it small. Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions or notice that your dog is gaining excessive weight.

Where to take or buy Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

We always recommend looking at adoptions first, so start your search with sites like Petfinder, Adopt-a-Pet, and Overstock Pet Adoptions. If you do choose to buy through a breeder, be sure to do your research and only work with people who are reputable and take good care of their dogs. Take a look at Portugal’s Podengo Pequenos, Inc. in the US for a great resource on what you should be looking for in a breeder.

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Portuguese Podengo Pequeno: Dog Breed Profile
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