Also known as the Podengo Portugues and the Portuguese Warren Hound, the Pequeno Portuguese Podengo is a lively and friendly breed, the smallest of the three sizes of Podengo. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.
The origin of the Pequeno Portuguese Podengo can be traced all the way back to the Iberian Peninsula in 1000 B.C., where the breed was used for ridding stables and property of small vermin and hunting rabbit and squirrel. It is documented that Christopher Columbus always traveled with a Portuguese Podengo of an unknown size.
The first Pequeno Portuguese Podengo was imported into the United States in the 1990’s, followed by the breed’s acceptance into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service.
Today, the Pequeno Portuguese Podengo remains rather rare outside of its native Portugal, with a mere 200 specimens estimated to be owned in the United States.
Best known for its feisty and spunky nature, the Pequeno Portuguese Podengo is full of character. This breed is intelligent and bright, responding well to training. As a pet, the Pequeno Portuguese Podengo is affectionate, loyal, and loving. These dogs love to be outdoors and play games such as fetch and frisbee.
Due to its intelligence and sweet nature, the Pequeno Portuguese Podengo generally responds well to basic training and commands. These dogs have the ability to learn to perform most any task their trainer is willing to take the time to teach.
Patience is key to successfully training this breed, as high energy level and hyper activity can often get in the way of work.
Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed
There are many benefits to owning a Pequeno Portuguese Podengo. This energetic breed is full of character and quite entertaining to watch when at play. These dogs are highly intelligent and with ongoing training can be taught to perform many impressive tricks and tasks. When properly socialized from a young age, the Pequeno Portuguese Podengo gets along well with small children and other pets. This breed is loyal, loving, and affectionate, making an excellent family pet and companion alike.
Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning a Pequeno Portuguese Podengo. These energetic and athletic dogs require large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. A Pequeno Portuguese Podengo not receiving the proper amount of exercise and time outdoors will often act out by destroying property, chewing, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.
The Pequeno Portuguese Podengo has a strong instinct to hunt and will occasionally indulge in a good chase. When on the run, this breed can be difficult to keep up with and may pose a threat to other animals, neighborhood pets, and small woodland creatures. These dogs must be leashed or properly secured at all times when outdoors.
For reasons unknown, the Pequeno Portuguese Podengo loves to dig and is quite good at doing so. It is not unusual for this breed to dig a hole underneath a fence within the matter of only a few minutes. These dogs must be supervised at all times while outdoors.
As previously mentioned, this breed remains rather rare outside of its native Portugal and can prove difficult to obtain. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed will often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, extremely high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.
Common Health Concerns
While the Pequeno Portuguese Podengo is generally known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health issues, including: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, and eye issues such as cherry eye.
Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own a Pequeno Portuguese Podengo? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.