The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is the smallest version of this breed, compared to the Podengo Pequeno Médio (medium) and Podengo Grande (large).
Hardy, lively and smart, their origins date back thousands of years to Asia Minor, before they were brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Phoenicians.
They were soon found all over the place in northern Portugal, once people realized just how good at hunting they could be. (The Pequeno was ideally sized to hunt vermin and rabbits underground.)
Their keen senses even led to them hunting rats on the ships of many early explorers, including Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and Magellan.
Today, owning one of these loyal little souls continues to be a voyage of happy discovery.