Podengo organizations around the world
There are four foreign clubs exclusively dedicated to the Portuguese Podengo: The Finnish Portuguese Podengo Association, the Portuguese Podengo Club of America (PPCA), the English Portuguese Podengo Club and the Portuguese Podengo Club Switzerland.
France and Germany also have organized the breeders, around associations that congregate several primitive breeds.
To unite all the organizations around common objectives and to uniform criteria, the Club is implementing the " Lisbon Protocol" (integral text on below), already undersign by three from the mention Clubs.
Finish Assotiation signing the Lisbon Protocol
Finnish Portuguese Podengo Assotiation
Founded in 1997, the Finnish Association of Portuguese Podengo is the most expressive breed organization. In 2004 it had more than 300 members in that country. It is the largest community of Portuguese Podengos out of Portugal with dozens of titles reached in several countries and World and Europe Champions as well. The first Podengos in this country came in 1990. This association, as about 60 associated and has a Committee for the Breed Improvement.
USA Club at Lisbon Protocol
Portuguese Podengo Club of America
The Portuguese Podengo Club
of America, PPCA, was founded in January 2003, to promote the breed in
the USA and organize the different owners and breeders, whose numbers are
growing each year. The constitution of this Club coincided with the birth
in American soil of the first descending broods of Portuguese dogs. The
majority are the wire-haired miniature variety.In 2004 there were around
British Club signing the Lisbon Protocol
English Portuguese Podengo Club
Since October 1, 2003 the
Portuguese Podengo was recognized officially by the Kennel Club. This effort
it was made by Betty Judge from Plushcourt kennels. Betty imported the
Portuguese Podengo into Great Briatin and was the motivating factor
in the creation of the English Portuguese Podengo Club. There
were almost 50 Podengos in GB in 2004.
Podengo Portugues Club Switzerland
It was officially created
in Switzerland, December 2003, the Podengo Portugues Club Switzerland -
DWZRD gather German breeders
In Germany the Podengo breeders
are associated to to DWZRD, that have about 6 breeders with more than 50
Podengos registry. This country, counts on several national and international
champions. On the same weekend of the Mediterranean Breeds Annual Speciality
and Podengo Monográfica, the president of the Portuguese Podengo
Club, Vítor Veiga and Wilfriede Schwerm-Hahne, president of DWZRV,
signed the Lisbon Protocol, instrument that regulates and promotes the
articulation and cooperation among all of the Podengo Clubs of the world.
Other organized groups
Other breeder organizations
exist in France where the breeders join bigger associations, that include
several primitive breeds and greyhounds simultaneously. In France the representative
organization is the SLAG. There exists a primitive breeds section. There
are about 10 breeders, including Gerard Calendrin, breed judge, from the
kennel" La FolieMyosotis ". There is one Portuguese and several France
champions, along with other international titles. In 2004 there were a
total of 17 French champions, among other international, World and European
titles. There are about 100 Portuguese Podengos, being most being the smooth
The Podengo Português Clube, as the representative of the Breed in Portugal and in keeping with its Articles of Association and Regulations, is pleased to propose this present protocol, establishing its terms and inviting all Clubs representing the Breed in other countries to subscribe to the protocol and to comply with its objectives.
This present protocol is subscribed by Clubs representing the Breed in an inter pares relationship.
The aim of this protocol is not to create a supra-national entity, but merely to govern the multilateral relations between the subscribing Clubs in their cooperation in the defense of the Podengo Português and of the official Standard of the Clube Português de Canicultura recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.
a) promoting the perfecting of the Breed in its several varieties, in keeping with and with regard for the Breed Standard adopted by the Clube Português de Canicultura;
b) jointly or separately organizing shows, contests and working trials with a view to promoting the Breed;
c) organizing technical training for its associates through conventions, congresses and inter-club meetings; and
d) promoting multi-lingual publications of a technical nature, books and rules of interpretation of the Standard and guidelines for the breeding and selection of the Breed.
2. All subscribers may freely denounce this present protocol, written communication addressed to the Clube do Podengo Português being sufficient for the purpose.
2. Any of the subscriber Clubs may apply to organize similar meetings in their own countries and, for the purpose, shall hold an exhibition at the same time, the application to hold such interclub meeting shall be submitted in writing to the Clube do Podengo Português for circulation to the other associates.
3. Applications shall be lodged during the year prior to that of the meeting and shall indicate the place and date. The organizing Club will establish the conditions of participation and the agenda of the event.
4. The meetings shall be known as International Podengo Português Club Meeting.
2. The title shall be awarded to the best dog/bitch proclaimed in each variety at the exhibition organized in conjunction with each IPPC Meeting. The winner must be aged more than 15 months and have been awarded at least a qualification of Excellent. This title will be awarded at least every two years at the Monographic Exhibition in Portugal and may be awarded at IPPC Meetings held in other countries.
3. In the event that the meeting is organized by a foreign Club, the winners shall be determined at the exhibition held at the same time, under the terms of the foregoing number, but they must cumulatively obtain a qualification of Excellent at the monographic exhibition organized each year by the Clube do Podengo Português, the title not to be handed over until this requirement has been met.
4. The title shall be known as Podengo Português Inter-Clubs Champion (InterCPP Champion).
The parties accept this present protocol and subscribe to it without reserve, signing the original and as many copies as there are subscribers.
Lisbon, June 21, 2003