Specific Breed Club Outside Portugal
Breeders Found the Portuguese Podengo Club of America
PPCA is the only official club in America authorized to represent the Portuguese Podengo and is duly incorporated as a non-profit entity.
The Portuguese Podengo will be placed in the Spitz & Primitive Group of the American Rare Breed Association. The breed will be listed in all upcoming breed classifications, catalogs, Internet, and all other papers or media produced by ARBA.
Robert L. Slack, ARBA Director welcome this new Club saying: “It is with great pleasure to inform you that your organization, the Portuguese Podengo Club of America has been accepted by the American Rare Breed Association as its Parent Breed Club for the Portuguese Podengo. It is great to see so many good people on the Board of Directors and Officers of the Club. Welcome to the American Rare Breed Association family, it is an honour to have you as a member”.
The first step to eventual American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition in the future is the recognition of the Portuguese Podengo under its FSS (Foundation Stock Service) program. This request was already made.
First litters born in the EUA
The establishment of the Portuguese
Podengo Cub of America coincided with the birth on American soil of the
first three descending broods from Portuguese wire small dogs.
All told, these births bring the count of pure breed Podengos in America to thirty. Of these, nineteen are wire-coated Pequenos. Besides Rhode Island and New York, Podengos now live in New Hampshire, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Iowa, Utah, Arizona, California, Washington, Florida and Nevada.
Making History: The First "Monográfica"
Portuguese Podengo Club of America (PPCA) held its first official meeting
on April 26, 2003, during the ARBA Cherry Blossom Classic in Washington.
PPCA officers elected:
The 1st Podengo Specialty Show occurred
also during the Cherry Blossom, which is ARBA's biggest event, well attended
by many fine breeds. This was the first Podengo Specialty ever held in
Specialty, Saturday Afternoon:
- ARBA CH Chicharro de Viamonte (Manny):
Best of Breed; Best of Group; BIS-Reserve.
The Podengos did exceptionally well also at Cherry Blossom Classic. “Chicharro de Viamonte” (Manny) won CAC-US points and got Best in Show (BIS) Runner-up (reserve). This was considered the most competitive show in ARBA with many fine dogs presented. The winner of the show where “Manny “was BIS-Runner-up was a Tibetan Mastiff.