Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Portuguese Podengo Pequeno so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginPortugal flagPortugal
Other Names
What other names does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno have?
Portuguese Warren HoundPodengo Portugues
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno?
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno? How many Portuguese Podengo Pequeno are there in the world?
Frequent: The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Size

Size
Is a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno small, medium or large dog?

How big do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno get?

Small
Weight
How much does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno weigh? How much should the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno?
9-13 pounds (4-6 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno?
11 pounds (5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno? Portuguese Podengo Pequeno height:
8-12 inches (20-31 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno?
10 inches (25.5 cm)

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
SmoothWiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Portuguese Podengo Pequeno's coat?
FawnGrayRedChestnutGoldOrangeBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and how often?
Effortless: The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Portuguese Warren Hound?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Portuguese Podengo Pequeno every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlyLivelyCompanionableLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno? Is the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Portuguese Podengo Pequeno obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Portuguese Podengo Pequeno sensitivity:
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno a good family dog?
Average to High: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Portuguese Warren Hound need? Portuguese Podengo Pequeno social needs:
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Portuguese Warren Hound bark?
Low to Average: The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Portuguese Podengo Pequeno good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Portuguese Warren Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno? How much bite force does a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno do?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Portuguese Podengo Pequenos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Portuguese Podengo Pequeno roam?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Portuguese Podengo Pequeno have high prey drive?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Portuguese Podengo Pequeno good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Portuguese Podengo Pequeno temperament with other people:
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs get along with other pets? Are Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Portuguese Podengo Pequeno temperament with children:
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed live with a cat?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Portuguese Podengo Pequeno good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs get along with other dogs?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Portuguese Podengo Pequenos good office dogs? Do Portuguese Podengo Pequenos make good office friendly dogs? Can Portuguese Podengo Pequenos be office dogs?
Yes
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Portuguese Warren Hound temperament with senior people? Are Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs good for elderly owners?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are usually recommended for elderly people.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno see the vet?
Frequent
The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs live? How old can a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno be? What is the age limit of the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno? How many years can the oldest Portuguese Podengo Pequeno live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Portuguese Podengo Pequeno: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed hypoallergenic?
No
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno have? What is the activity level of the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno need? How much exercise do Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs require per day?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed need?
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Portuguese Podengo Pequeno? How much food should I feed my Portuguese Podengo Pequeno?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Portuguese Podengo Pequeno risk for obesity:
Average: The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno drool?
The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Portuguese Podengo Pequeno be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Portuguese Podengo Pequeno be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Portuguese Podengo Pequeno be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Portuguese Podengo Pequeno be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Portuguese Podengo Pequeno be a boat dog?

Not really

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Portuguese Podengo Pequeno be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Portuguese Podengo Pequeno: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno have in a litter? How many puppies can the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno have? How many puppies can a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno give birth to?
4-6 puppies

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Recognition

AKC Group
Is Portuguese Podengo Pequeno recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2013 as a Miscellaneous breed.
FCI Group
Is Portuguese Podengo Pequeno recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Child Friendly: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Hypoallergenic: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Cat Friendly: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are not the most cat-friendly dogs.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno History

It is believed that the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is the world’s smallest hunting dog. The breed, as their name suggests, is originated from Portugal. The ancient Roman, Phoenician, and Moorish traders and invaders brought the breed’s ancestors to the Iberian Peninsula over 2000 years ago. In the early days, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno was bred to hunt rabbits for the people in the craggy Iberian countryside. The dogs’ responsibilities were to flush out the rabbits, capture, kill, and finally retrieve the prey for their human counterparts. The dogs hunted alone and also were capable to work together in packs. Firstly, using their sense of scent, then their excellent hearing, to locate the small animals.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the breed was taken abroad on ships heading towards America. The dogs’ duties were keeping the ship rodent-free during the travels, in order to protect and preserve the food stores and prevent most of the sailors and lower-deck ratings from getting vermin-borne and several other diseases. Yet, their official introduction to the American public was much later, in 1995 when the smooth-coated Pequeno came into the United States, and then a couple of years later in 2001, the first wiry coated had also arrived.

Albeit the fact that the breed’s ancestors had much smoother coats, ideal in Portugal’s wet north, wiry coats flourished in hot, dry southern Portugal where brambles were particularly abundant. The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is one of three size classes of the Portugal Podengo breeds, although they all hail from the southern border in the countryside of Portugal. All three are considered and recognized as separate breeds from each other. From which the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is the smallest, the other two being the Medio and the Grande.

Even though Pequenos possesses ancient and rich historical background, they are relatively new to the AKC for the reason being that, the breed entered the AKC (American Kennel Club) Miscellaneous class in 2011 and the Hound class exactly two years later in 2013.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is one of the 10 national indigenous dogs of Portugal. They are an integral part of the Portuguese people’s survival through the centuries and are still widely popular there even today.

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