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Meet the breed: Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking to bring a loyal and caring pet into your family, find out everything you need to know about the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno!


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One of the later breeds to come to the U.S., the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno arrived in America in the 1990s. The National Dog of Portugal, these smaller pups are bred to chase rabbits. Traced back to 1000 B.C. from breeds that were trained to hunt the thickets of Portugal, this breed has a high endurance and obedience level. The smallest of the three Portuguese Podengo breeds, he’s also the fastest.

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Is this breed right for you?

A wonderful companion, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is devoted to a confident leader. Good with children, the breed is a wonderful family pet and watchdog, and does best with human interaction. Suited for apartment life if exercised regularly, this pup is in need of an active lifestyle. Due to a high jumping ability, he does best if living in a home with a high fence in a sunny and warm climate. Like other hounds, he only does well with cats if raised with them, otherwise his instinct will be to chase them.

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A dream day in the life of a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

Waking up in his dog bed in his owner’s bedroom, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno will follow his family members wherever they go. After breakfast in the kitchen, he’ll head to the backyard to ensure that all is well. Sniffing and looking around, he’ll chase anything that he feels doesn’t belong. After a catnap in the sunshine, he’ll head back in for some cuddles and petting from the children. After dinner, he’ll be ready for his nightly walk. You may see a high jump when he spots a rabbit or other small animal. Back in his loving home, he’ll fall asleep being petted by his favorite family member.

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