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World Discover the Portuguese Podengo
Kennel “Marella” wining Breeders Group at “Jamsa’s” em 2001
According to the Portuguese Kennel
Club official data, there were 336 registry Podengos in Portugal during
2002, being 173 small, 128 medium and 35 big.
These numbers represent a significant
decrease of Podengo Portuguese's registry, with less 30% in the small ones,
-18,5% in the medium and -5,4% in the big ones. Also in the remaining Portuguese
breeds there were less 30% registry dogs in 2002, in comparison with 2001.
It is known that the Portuguese
people don't value their own breeds. Also exists a great indifference in
preserving this national patrimony, being this work confined exclusively
to few amateur breeders.
But while in Portugal, the
economic crisis, the bureaucracy, the coasts and the lack of official support
to the Portuguese breeds; resulted in a decrease of the registry population,
the same doesn't happen in the rest of the world.
The Portuguese Podengo is an example
of that. It is growing the number of registry Podengos and breeders organized
groups in Europe, and since 2002 also in Great Britain and USA, where the
breed didn't exist previously.
Each year grows the acceptance of
our Podengo as an excellent pet, namely in their small and medium varieties.
and USA assotiation logos
After the release of Vitor Veiga's
book “ O Podengo Português"; due the effort of some breeders and
the Portuguese's Podengo Club, and also thanks to shortening of distances
made possible by the new technologies; the breed divulgation grows in the
Several web pages from breeders
and other Podengo lovers appearing in the Internet, and have been created
a Portuguese Podengo Group of Discussion through e-mail, only dedicated
to the race, that in less than one year gathers a hundred members from
Podengo Assotiation members
This sharing information and internationalisation
effort it has been helping in the increase of registry dogs in several
countries and increase the organization and share between breeders. This
way, the negative tendency verified in Portugal is contradicted outside,
this in spite of the foreign Podengos be still few in relation to the totality
of the registries in Portugal, where between 1984 and 2002 they were 5179
Podengos from all varieties, 2812 medium, 2061 small and 306 big. However
the situation of Big Podengo continues quite preoccupying.
Association passed the 300 registry Podengos
Founded in 1997, the Podengo Portuguese's
Finnish Association is the most expressive breed organization. This year
2003 passed the 300 registrations in that country: about 200 small smooth-haired;
84 small wire-haired and 14 mediums wire-haired. It is the largest community
of Podengos outside Portugal, with more than 30 Finnish Champions, 20 World
and European titles and 15 International Titles, besides other titles in
several countries outside Finland. The first registry Podengos in this
country date from 1990.
This association, presided by Hannu
Mutanen, it have about 60 members and has a Comity for the Breed Improvement.
Schlichter from Denmark and the Medium Smooth "Imperador do Vale do Poço"
The second exclusive Portuguese Podengo
organization is the Portuguese Podengo American Club, recently founded
in January of 2003, PPAC, with the objectives of promote the breed in the
USA and organize the different owners and breeders, whose number is growing
in that country.
The constitution of this Club coincided
with the birth in American soil of the first three descending broods of
Portuguese dogs, 2 males and 3 females from the wire small variety, increasing
the total population of registry Podengos to 30.
Other breeders groups exists at
Germany and France with more than 80 and more than 50 registry Podengos
respectively. In these countries the breeders join to biggest associations,
which include several primitive breeds and greyhound type dogs simultaneously.
from the Dutch kennel “Kleiheuvel” winning Medium Wire World Champion
In Germany the Podengo breeders are
associated to DWZRD, having actually one medium wire-haired breeder, one
small wire-haired and 4 of small smooth-haired. The number of registry
dogs grows up to 50 at 2002. This country counts with 4 national champions
and an international one.
In France the representative organization
of the breed is SLAG, where a section of primitive breeds exists. There
are 4 active breeders, one of small wire and three of the smooth small
variety, from where stands out Gerard Calendrin, also judge of the breed,
that possesses the affix "La Folie Myosotis", with a Portuguese champion
and other six France champions, among other international titles. Actually
exist a total 17 France champions, among other titles. In the total they
are more than 80 registry Podengos in France, being about 70 from the small
Bäck from germany with International Champion Small smooth
de La Folie Myosotis"
Recently also Great Britain discovered
cmall Podengo wirehair. Through the breeder Betty Judge, the race it was
introduced at this country in 2002, already counting more than 20 dogs.
The first brood was born in the beginning of 2003: three females and two
males from the female Mana da Lapa do Lobo, already European Champion.
This breeder intends to make the
breed official in that country near the UK Kennel Club, where the race
still is not recognized and also in Ireland.
breeder Betty Judge with European Champion small wire "Mana da Lapa
Other breeders and owners also emerge
in Denmark, Holland, Sweden and Switzerland, where the race begins to have
To know the links in the Internet
from some of this breeders and organizations, we recommended the site that
presents an index of connections: http://7mares.terravista.pt/podengos/links.html
Many of these breeders and organizations
are in permanent contact in a constant share of information and experiences
through Internet specific Group of Discussion on the breed, with 90 members:
Another site of interest that publishes
general information and news about the breed in Portuguese and English
is at: http://7mares.terravista.pt/podengos.