The Club would like to thank our speaker, Jose Homem de Mello, for his extremely well received presentation at our Breed Appreciation Day on the evening of Tuesday the 24th of October. His depth of knowledge and passion for one of his native breeds was clear for all to see.
A total of 59 people attended the presentation (a record for a rare breed?) and 41 people successfully passed the exam, hopefully leading to an increase in the number of people qualified to Judge our wonderful breed.
Once again proof, if proof was needed, that the Universe loves Podengos.
The hottest day of the year so far saw the first time that the Club co-hosted the Annual Open Show with a Championship Show, could we have chosen a better location, or a better day?
I don't think so.
Bath was at its best in the early summer sunshine, many people's favourite show of the year, once again the organising committee showed how a Championship Show should be run.
The Championship Show saw Loretta Haines take the honours with her young lad, Plushcourt Rising Above, getting both Best of Breed and Best Puppy, a promising start for such a young chap.
Betty Judge took Best Bitch with Plushcourt Guessing.
In the Club Show that followed Betty's Plushcourt Bear Witness took the honours with Christine Barrett's puppy, Plushcourt Threepence taking Reserve BIS and Best Puppy.
A good day for the youngsters!
Attendees will have noticed that we had a professional photographer with us for the day. Once Anthony has forwarded the results of his labours, they will go up on the website and the original, high definition images will be available upon request.
A great day, really good to see the 'regulars', but even better to see so many new faces.
A special 'Thank You' to our Judges and Stewards and to everyone who gave their time and expertise in organising the day's events.
Wednesday the 31st May 2023
Monday the 15th May 2023 @ 23:59
THE SPORTS CONNEXION, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry
Saturday the 13th MAY 2023
Sunday the 23rd April 2023 @ 2359
The Portuguese Podengo Club of Great Britain is built upon a foundation of love and respect for all dogs. We specifically promote and celebrate the Podengo, providing the pre-eminent knowledge base for all owners and those who are simply interested in our breed. Advice upon health and welfare related issues can also be accessed. The Club welcomes everyone to join us in, what we aim to be, a fun and inclusive environment.
The Portuguese Podengo is an ancient multi-sensory or three-sense hound. The breed traces its origins back to the ancestors of the modern day Pharaoh hound brought into the Mediterranean by Phoenician sailors as they traded around the ancient civilisations of northern Africa and southern Europe. Similar dogs can today be found in Spain, the Canary Islands and Malta.
The Podengo is divided into three size categories that are not interbred: small (Pequeno), medium (Médio) and large (Grande). Their coats are either short and 'smooth' or longer and 'wired'. The smooth coated variety is traditional, dating back to the 5th century, whereas the wire coated variety is an outcome of the assimilation of various other breeds during the 20th century. The Podengo has not been bred for the vagaries of human fashion and remains close to the original dog, therefore the breed is healthy and, as a rule, does not suffer from the inherited problems some more highly bred breeds are burdened by.
All Podengo types are hardy, intelligent and lively dogs, excelling at agility and making fine companions. Loyal and fearless, Podengos are also good house guards and are amenable to training by dog-experienced people and those that enjoy primitive (i.e. strong willed) dog behaviour.
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