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VetStreet.com: 14 Dog Breeds You've Never Heard Of (but Will Soon)

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

In his native Portugal, the three sizes of the Podengo are considered one breed. But here in the U.S., the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno — "pequeno" is Portuguese for "small" — is his own breed, separate from the medium and large sizes of the dog. The Pequeno measures 8 to 12 inches in height and 9 to 13 lbs. in weight. He's a pack dog, bred in Portugal and Spain to hunt rabbit. When trained well, the rustic little Pequeno has a friendly, positive attitude and gets along well with other dogs. He recovers quickly from fear, and his hearing and sense of smell are extremely sensitive. He succeeds in agility competitions, and will thrive in any environment, as long as he exercises every day.

(Credit: D. DEVANEY)
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