Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 8in - 1ft 0in
Weight: 9-13lbs
Lifespan: 15 - 17 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly4/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance2/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly2/5

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Information

Portuguese Podengo PequenoA national dog of Portugal, this breed originated from the ancient hounds that made their way to Iberian Peninsula with traders from the East more than 3,000 years ago. This primitive breed further adapted to the country’s climate and terrain and its purpose as a small hunting dog, slowly transforming into the breed of today.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is playful and lively pet who loves to charm his owners. Weighing 9-13 pounds, this little guy is muscular and agile with trademark erect ears, wiry fur and a hooked tail.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Portuguese Podengo Pequenos be apartment dogs?

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno needs room to run and play. This makes them difficult to keep in small spaces like an apartment.

Can Portuguese Podengo Pequenos be left alone?

While Portuguese Podengo Pequenos prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Portuguese Podengo Pequenos good with kids?

Portuguese Podengo Pequenos can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Portuguese Podengo Pequenos friendly with strangers?

Typically, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Portuguese Podengo Pequenos get along with other dogs?

Typically, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos get along well with other dogs or are easy to socialize with them. It's uncommon that they're overly agressive.

Do Portuguese Podengo Pequenos bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Portuguese Podengo Pequenos shed a lot?

Portuguese Podengo Pequenos shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Portuguese Podengo Pequenos need a lot of grooming?

Portuguese Podengo Pequenos don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Portuguese Podengo Pequenos need a lot of exercise?

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Portuguese Podengo Pequenos easy to train?

Although Portuguese Podengo Pequenos can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Portuguese Podengo Pequenos handle cold weather?

Portuguese Podengo Pequenos don't like the cold and will likely want some protection if outside for long.

Can Portuguese Podengo Pequenos handle hot weather?

Although Portuguese Podengo Pequenos can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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