The Portuguese Podengo is the National breed of Portugal.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.
This breed has ancient roots that date back more than 2000 years. The breed was likely brought to Portugal by the Phoenician traders from Asia Minor and accompanied Romans during their conquests.
2) Rabbit Hunters
The Podengo Pequeno was a rabbit hunter but also searched for a small quarry in rocky, mountainous terrains. The Pequeno means “small” and, in this case, the dogs reach between 8 and 12 inches at the withers. They were appreciated by farmers and country squires for their tough, tireless hunting abilities. Like other Mediterranean hounds, Podengos these dogs can use three senses, sight, scent, and hearing to hunt.
The small Portugues Podengo is a sturdy dog that boasts being slightly longer in the body than they are tall. They are nicely proportioned and have a bit of a Pharoah Hound look about them. They have fine, lean heads with either slightly arched or flat skulls. Their occipital bones are very slightly pronounced and stops are moderately well defined. Their muzzles are quite blunt giving the impression of being wedge-shaped and lips are thin being tight fitting and black in colour.
The Portuguese Podengo is an alert, agile dog and one that thrives on being out and about doing what they were bred to do which is to hunt by scent, sight and sound. They are energetic, social and highly intelligent dogs that also thrive in a home environment as long as they are given enough to do. They are best suited to people who lead active, outdoor lives and who are familiar with the particular needs of such an active, smart dog bearing in mind that their hunting instinct is deeply embedded in a dog's psyche.
5) Family Pets
The Portuguese Podengo is known to be a good family pet because these little dogs seem to genuinely enjoy being around children. However, any interaction between a dog and younger kids needs to be well supervised by an adult to make sure playtime does not get too boisterous which could end up with a toddler being frightened or knocked over, albeit by accident.
6) Separation Anxiety
They form strong ties with their owners and love nothing more than to be included in everything that goes on around them. They can develop some unwanted and destructive behaviours if they are left alone for too long and tend to be happier when they live with another dog in a household. If they are left to their own devices, Podengos can suffer separation anxiety which sees dogs becoming neurotic and stressed out. As such they are best suited to families where at least one person stays at home when everyone else is out.
They are not a good choice for first time owners because the Podengo needs to be handled and trained correctly from the word go or they can become a handful to live with. Even when they are well trained, they have a tendency to run off and do their own thing if the mood takes them or if they hear, spot or see something more interesting in the distance.
There are two types of Podengo dogs depending on their coats – wire-haired and smooth-haired . Both types are suited to warm climates and have no undercoats. Smooth-haired dogs are more resistant to cold weather.
Their wiry coated brothers need just a little more grooming. A weekly brushing is recommended to remove any dust or dirt from the coat. Their nails need to be trimmed and their ears checked periodically. Hair will need to be removed from inside the ears as a buildup of hair can foster infections. Hairs can be plucked by hand, tweezers or a hemostat hair puller or you can have a professional groomer do this task.
The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a sturdy dog that lives upwards of 15 years. It is a very healthy breed with few genetic problems.