The smallest of the podengo family, this active rabbit hunter has a history that goes back to antiquity. He is still used today by avid huntsmen in his native Portugal. To manage the terrain in different parts of Portugal, the Portuguese podengo pequeno come in two coat varieties, smooth and wire. The word Pequeno means “small” or “miniature.” He is the smallest of three sizes: grand, medio and pequeno. The pequeno is the only of the three that should be longer than tall. With proper socialization, this intelligent breed is a delightful companion and willing participant in agility, obedience, hunting and lure coursing, as well as conformation.