The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is an ancient Portuguese breed. It is considered a primitive breed that hunts using sight, scent and hearing. The Pequeno has been used by the Portuguese to hunt rabbits, in small packs, over rocky terrain and through heavy brush. It comes in two coats varieties: smooth and wire (rough), is single coated, has a pyramidal shaped head with prick ears, is rectangular in body being 20% longer than tall (point of shoulder to point of buttocks) and has equal proportions of depth of body (withers to bottom of chest) to length of front leg (elbow to bottom of foot). Height ranges from 8 to 12 inches at the withers and weight ranges from 9 to 13 pounds for the ideal Pequeno. Both varieties have a brush tail carried horizontally to vertically in a sickle shape. The Pequeno is a highly intelligent breed with acute senses of hearing and smell. Pequenos are natural athletes, extremely agile and quick with great endurance. They have been bred to hunt all day long for several days in a row without loss of performance. Their movement is light and lively. As a primitive breed, they can be somewhat wary of strangers and will alert (bark) when they detect something different in their environment. When chasing game, they emit a high pitched bark known as the maticar. Both coat types may appear in the same litter. Litter size ranges from one to seven with two to three being the norm. The Pequeno is related to the other primitive breeds: Basenji, Cirnechi dell'Etna, Ibizan Hounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Podengo Canarios, and the Portuguese Podengos (Medio/Grande).

The Pequeno is a very healthy breed. Leggs Calves Perthes (avascular necrosis of the femoral head and neck) and luxating patellas are two orthopedic conditions that have been occasionally found in the breed. Average life span is around 15 to 18 years. The Portuguese Podengo Pequenos of America, Parent Club for the Pequenos, currently recommends that all breeding stock be radiographed to check for hip dysplasia and/or Leggs Calves Perthes (OFA or Penn Hip), patellas examined and certified (OFA) and eyes examined by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist (CERF). All dogs having completed the afore mentioned exams will qualify for a CHIC number as recommended by the Parent Club Code of Ethics. All PhaerErin Pequeno breeding stock have their CHIC numbers.

The Pequeno has excelled in companion events - agility, obedience, rally and tracking as well as performance events - lure coursing and even weight pulling! Some have become certified therapy dogs.

Pequenos make wonderful, loving and intelligent companions that are happy to interact with their owners in almost any venue.

The AKC Parent Club for the breed is the Portuguese Podengo Pequenos of America (PPPA). The breed is eligible to compete in all AKC companion events: agility, obedience, rally, search and rescue and tracking. On January 1, 2011 the breed entered the Miscellaneous Class and was eligible to earn a Certificate of Merit, CM.  By the end of their first year in Miscellaneous competition, 17 Pequenos had earned their CM. On January 1, 2012 the Pequeno became eligible to compete in AKC lure coursing. The breed also applied for entry into the Hound group and was granted full recognition and entry into the Hound Group starting on January 1, 2013, thus being able to earn their AKC champion title!