Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Breed Magazine - Showsight

JUDGING THE PORTUGUESE PODENGO PEQUENO

One of the most important things when judging the PPP is that it is a RUSTIC breed and ANY DOG WHOSE COAT HAS BEEN ALTERED BY EXCESSIVELY SCULPTING, CLIPPING or ARTIFICIAL MEANS shall be PENALIZED as to be effectively ELIMINATED from competition. Please do not reward an over- groomed dog. They should look neat and be clean. Their wire or smooth coat is very easy to care for and takes very little work. Enjoy judging our funny little breed. They are smart and fun- ny and full of themselves. Feel free to attend a seminar near you, join us at our National, or contact PPPA Judges Education for any further questions.

not be able to do the job needed either. They might not be sturdy enough to take the stress of a day(s)-long hunt. Moderation is the key, and there is no difference for wire or smooth. There are two preferred colors, fawn and yellow. Those pre- ferred colors can be with white or the dog can be white with the preferred colors. There are two acceptable colors, brown and black. Those colors can also be with white or white with the acceptable colors. The fawn or yellow dogs are easier to see dur- ing a hunt and are less likely to be confused with the rabbit. Darker dogs may be harder to see and could be accidentally shot by the hunter. This is why there are preferred colors for the breed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jean Evanoff was introduced to the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno about 15 years ago at Meet the Breeds, at the Javits Center in NYC. They were cute and charming. Her search for a Pequeno started shortly afterwards and, soon, “Sienna” came into her life. She fit what Jean was looking for and certainly seemed to fit the Standard quite nicely. Their first year in Florida for the National Championship, Sienna took Breed in a large entry. Jean is currently head of Judges Education and Secretary for PPPA. The club is now an AKC member club and tries to be open and welcoming to all members. Jean worked hard at her breeding program and has imported two dogs from Portugal and two from England. The results include being the owner of a National Specialty winner, the breeder and co-owner of another—and the progeny of the second winner has won TWO National Specialties. Jean can often look around at the winners at a National and/or the associated shows and see the family dogs in the line- up. Most recently, the Hound Specialty after the National had a majority of the line-up being the grand- or great-grand pups of Sienna, her foundation bitch. Jean has to thank her friends and dog family for all their support over the years. So many people have puppies from her, and she delights in watching them have great success; Suzanne Faria, Susan Coomer- Souza, Carol Sowders, Delores Streng, Karen Oglesby, and so many others. They all inspire Jean and have given her so much through their knowledge and friendship.

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