meet thePortuguese Podengo Pequeno


Training &Temperament

Pequenos earned their rep as tough, tireless hunting buddies of farmers and country squires, but they are also cherished as pets by Portuguese city dwellers. Their compact body, trainability, and agreeable personality make them ideal town dogs. Smart and versatile, Pequenos are athletes who can master any number of dog sports. They’re excellent watchdogs and take to the job naturally. Pequenos are a robustly healthy, long-lived breed and are said to be quick learners.

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Did You Know?

At the November 2010 Board Meeting the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno of America will serve as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno emits a high-pitched bark when coursing its prey known as the 'Maticar', this allows the hunters to know where the dogs and prey are located.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a rustic, hardy dog that lives well into its teens. It is a very healthy breed with few genetic problems.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is considered a primitive breed that hunts not only by sight but scent and hearing. It is related to the Pharaoh Hound, Ibizan Hound, Cirneco dell'Etna and Basenji.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a single coated breed that comes in two coat types: smooth and wire.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno has been assigned to the Hound Group.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Chestnut 070
Fawn 082
Gold 091
Gray 100
Orange 133
Red 140
White & Black 202
White & Chestnut 499
White & Fawn 207
White & Gold 208
White & Gray 210
White & Orange 213
White & Red 214
White & Yellow 501
Yellow 232


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
White Markings 014