The AKC welcomed the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno in January to the AKC in the hound group. The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, otherwise known from here on out as the PPP, is known for its small size, erect ears, and wedge-shaped head. The PPP is recognized to have a smooth or wire coat. The PPP is a multi-sensory hound, which means it hunts by sight and scent. The breed is related to the Pharaoh Hound, Ibizan Hound, Cirneco del’Etna, and Basenji. The preferred coat color is yellow or fawn and can have white markings and the majority of the Pequeno’s are wire coated. The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a very healthy breed with the average lifespan being 15-17 years.
The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, a National Dog of Portugal, is derived from the ancient hounds that came to the Iberian Peninsula with the Phoenician traders from the area of Asia Minor around 1,000 BC. This rustic breed was developed to hunt the harsh terrain of Portugal and penetrate the thickets to gain access to its prey, which was typically rabbits. The first Portuguese Podengo Pequeno came to the United States in the 1990’s.
Think the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is for you? The PPP is a very lively and intelligent breed which makes them easy to train. They are very active and usually good with children and other animals when socialized from an early age. They enjoy time with their human family. The PPP needs a secure fence. Like most smart active dogs, if they are not stimulated, they will create their own stimulation and possible dig out. The PPP will do well in agility, obedience, and rally trials.
If you decide on the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, make sure that you socialize it as a puppy and start his or hers training early. These are probably not the dog to get if you are a couch potato and want a lap dog to watch TV with. On the other hand, if you need an excuse to get out there and meet your neighbors, having this cute little guy with you will definitely help break the ice.