The “Pequeno” is a primitive breed descended from ancient hounds brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Phoenicians as far back as 1000 BC! They share ancestry with the Pharaoh Hound, Ibizan Hound, Cirneco dell’Etna, and Basenji. They were bred to hunt small game in rugged terrain. Their small size allowed them passage into dense thickets and their harsh, wiry coats protected them from briars and other prickly hazards. They have hunting dog determination combined with a lively intellect so tend to do well in obedience, agility, rally, and other canine sports. Endurance is one of their star qualities so lots of exercise should be on the agenda. As long as they are adequately entertained they make fun, friendly pets and require little in the way of grooming.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.