The Portuguese Podengo Club of America was founded in 2003 by the owners of the first purebred Portuguese Podengos in the United States and brings together individuals who share a love for and interest in raising, training, breeding, hunting and showing their Podengos. Club members began recording their Podengos in 2004 with AKC's Foundation Stock Service in its quest for full AKC recognition for the breed. Meanwhile many members also registered their dogs at the UKC, which fully recognized the breed in line with its status in the FCI, the world's largest canine organization.
In August 2010, the American Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Club merged with the PPCA with a shared mission to protect and promote the Portuguese Podengo throughout the United States. Together, we are the largest Podengo Club in the USA, and 80% of PPCA households have at least one little Podengo!
The PPCA respects the integrity of the breed as described in the Breed Standard and works cooperatively with Podengo organizations throughout the world to preserve and protect this ancient rare breed. The PPCA was the first subscriber to the Lisbon Protocol, a document setting forth the relationship and shared values of the Podengo Club of Portugal, the Kennel Club of Portugal, and the Portuguese Podengo Club of America.
The Podengo Pequeno began to compete in AKC Companion Events on January 1, 2008 and on January 1, 2011, it moved into Miscellaneous Class. On January 1, 2013, the Podengo Pequeno achieved full AKC recognition in the Hound Group.
Pictures of Podengo Pequenos, from little puppies to grown champions, and lots of great information on this fabulous breed fill the pages of this website. We hope you find it useful and easy to access. And please click on the links below to learn more about the Portuguese Club of America. If you are interested in joining, please download our Membership Application or fill it in online.
Please note that the Club's name (Portuguese Podengo Club of America, Inc.) and acronym (PPCA™) and all materials on this website are proprietary/copyright protected and may not be used without permission of the PPCA™.