WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE PORTUGUESE PODENGO!The Portuguese Podengo Club of America was incorporated in 2003 in Newport, Rhode Island, and is the first and largest organization of Podengo owners in the United States. PPCA is dedicated to preserving and protecting this ancient breed, whose origins date back thousands of years. The Podengo comes in three sizes - Pequeno (small), Medio (medium) and Grande (large) and two coat types - wire and smooth. Height and Weight of each of the three sizes:
8 to 12 inches in Pequeno 9 to 13 lbs
16 to 22 inches in the Medio 35 to 44 lbs
22 to 28 inches in the Grande 44 to 66 lbs
Coming to the Iberian Peninsula with the Phoenicians from the area of Asia Minor more than 2,000 years ago, Podengos can be seen on the bas relief of 11th century churches in Portugal and first appear in literature in the 14th century. The small Podengos traveled around the world on the caravels of Portuguese explorers, keeping the ship's food stores free of rodents and protecting the sailors from vermin-born disease. In 2001, PPCA's founders, Marilyn Piurek & Kip Bergstrom, brought the first Podengo to show in the USA, Chicharro de Viamonte, better known as "Manny". To see a photo gallery of Manny through the years, go to http://www.podengos.com/pequenos/americasfirstpoden/
The Podengo is also a fine companion, excels in the sports of hunting, lure coursing, flyball and agility, is a great service dog, and is happiest in an active home.
The Podengo is accepted in all international registries and is registered in the USA with UKC, AKC, FCPR, ARBA, and rare breed organizations. It participates in the Primitive Class in Europe and in the the Sighthound and Pariah Group in the UKC and in the Hound Group in the AKC.
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Looking for a puppy? Start at our Puppies section and follow the links. PPCA members are known for their healthy, well-socialized puppies and work together to breed happy, beautiful smooth and wire coat Podengos. PPCA has a registered breeders program and lists Member Breeders at target='_blank'>http://www.podengos.com/links/memberbreederlinks/. Visit our links page to see the websites of all of our member-breeders. Browse these pages to learn more about the breed and the PPCA. If you have questions or would like more information, contact us at email@example.com
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PPCA has an active breeder referral program in the United States. All listed breeders must do certain health checks, co...
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