Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

The Small Portuguese Warren Hound is an ancient breed adapted for hunting rabbits in difficult terrain. It is a small sized dog with a muscular body, rustic appearance and two varieties of coat: smooth and rough. They are loyal and affectionate companions that can bring joy and companionship in the home.

General details

The Podenco Portugués Pequeño is a small-sized dog, with a height between 20 and 30.5 centimeters and a weight between 4 and 6 kilograms. The life expectancy of this breed is estimated between 12 and 15 years. They are not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.

Breed history in brief

Small Portuguese Podencos are an ancient breed of dog believed to have been brought to Portugal by Phoenician, Roman and Moorish traders and invaders in ancient times. Adapted by the Portuguese, they became hunting dogs specialized in hunting rabbits in the rugged terrain of the Iberian Peninsula. Although they are considered the smallest hunting dogs in the world, the Small Portuguese Warren Hound has proven to be brave and tenacious in their task. Although previously little known outside of Portugal, their recognition by the American Kennel Club has led to a wider dissemination of the breed, which is now also appreciated as an active and affectionate pet in homes around the world.

Breed characteristics

The Small Portuguese Warren Hound is a small but well muscled dog. Its head is wedge-shaped with erect ears. Its small eyes have a lively expression and vary from honey to dark brown. Its tail is sickle-shaped and can be carried hanging at rest or horizontally when the dog is in motion. The breed has two coat varieties: the short-haired (smooth) and the long-haired (rough). The smooth coat is short and very dense, while the rough coat is long and harsh, with a longer beard on the muzzle. As for color, shades of yellow or beige are acceptable, either in solid colors or with white markings. The Small Portuguese Warren Hound has an energetic and friendly temperament. They are independent, loyal and loving dogs with their families, but they also have a strong hunting instinct. With proper training and early socialization, they are active and loving companions that can adapt well to different environments.

Common health problems

The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends an eye examination at 12 months of age, as well as a test to assess for hip dysplasia and patellar luxation.

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