Monografica Do Podengo Portuguese
Saturday 9th June 2018
NPPA Officers and Committee members once again went on their " Annual Pilgrimage
" to visit the Monografica Show, in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
This prestigious event showcases all 3 sizes, Grande, Medio, and the Pequeno Podengo with classes for all 3 sizes,
in both Wire and Smooth coats.
As the Pequeno
is the only size recognised in this country by the Kennel Club, it is very interesting to see the other sizes in their native
The NPPA extended a warm welcome to any
member who wanted to join the committee members at this annual event, and this offer was taken up by NPPA member Anna Sampson,
from whom we hope to receive a report on her impressions of her visit shortly.
The Portuguese people always welcome us warmly and their hospitality is second to none.
Podengo owners and
exhibitors from many countries attend including, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, France, Belgium and even America.
It is also an educational visit as you see how the Portuguese
Podengos are evolving in their native land and you have the chance to speak to many people, who either breed or exhibit or
have Pods as companion dogs.
The Judge this year for
all sizes Wire, was the famous Vitor Veiga, the author of the original book The Portuguese Podengo, which is available from
The Judge for Smooths all sizes, was Pedro
There was also a Portuguese Ibizan
Show on at the same venue this year.
the show was only on Saturday the 9th June, some members visited for 6 days, and some for 10 days.
Last year we were lucky to visit the home of Vitor and Gabriella
Veiga and see their Podengos. We have also visited other breeders'/exhibitors' kennels in the past and attended a
demonstration of a hunting day out with different sizes of Podengos. This very long day also included Portuguese breakfast
and a BBQ. So there is always something for everyone, or you can just " do your own thing ".
Below are some pictures taken during this year's visit.
TO FOLLOW SOON. ((Ed.)
MONOGRAFICA & HUNTING DEMONSTRATION
Well the time has finally arrived when I can tick another
thing off my bucket wish list.
Ever since I have seen the Podengo
and subsequently owned two I have wanted to go to Portugal for their Monografica and watch the Podengo hunt in packs.
Well my wish has finally come true.
On the 9th June this year I arrived at Luton Airport with, Eileen Segui, Trish Bellenie, Rob and Sue Dunning for our flight
The flight was on time and we arrived in good spirits and excitement of things to come
over the next few days. We had a packed agenda with lots to do and see.
Dunning kindly offered to be our driver for the trip and we collected the car from the airport and off we went.
Luckily our car was upgraded and so we travelled in relative luxury a part from the slight problem of my seatbelt which
turned out to be my fault for putting the wrong part in the wrong slot. My excuse was we had an early start so I was tired
and I am sticking to that excuse.
We arrived at the Agua d’ Alma Hotel to be met by Angie
Pedder, Keith and Susan Pearson which completed our group.
The hotel was lovely it had just been renovated
and had opened just two weeks previously but you would never have known. We were greeted like old friends
whom of course, some of the party were as they had been to the same hotel for quite a few years to attend the Monografica.
hastily unpacked, and off we went out for my first meal in Foz do Arelho which was a lovely village with a stunning lagoon.
2 was a holiday in Portugal as it was their Portugal Day. Festivals were held everywhere in all the villages
and towns and it was a truly magical time. We were lucky enough to go to the National Show for all Portuguese
breeds which also had horses, tractors and other farm equipment for sale.
It was another
hot day so we had to get a freebie baseball cap to keep the sun off our heads.
We spent the
early part of the day going around looking at the stands which were inside the halls which sold everything from knives to
shoe and cloths to food.
There were also horses in pens with their foals and the
name of the stud they belonged to.
After an enjoyable day
watching the Podengos and Estrelas we headed back home to change and go out for meal which was in an Irish Bar. There is nothing
better than having a meal with good company and in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We all put the world to rights in more
ways than one.
Day 3 was the day I was really looking forward to the most. The Hunting Demonstration
which Nuno Ferro and Henrique Passadinhas organised along with others in their hunting group.
to get up very early as we were meeting at 7.30am at Evora which was a two hour drive from the hotel. Thank
goodness for sat navs as we would never have found it otherwise.
we had all meet up we then travelled a further hour to a place called Redondo with the last part of the journey resembling
a safari with a dirt track to travel on and dust flying everywhere as it was so dry. Poor Rob had a real
trouble seeing as we were near the back of the group of cars travelling in a convoy. We finally arrived, parked up and laughed
at what had just taken place.
The venue was a series of buildings with facilities to cook, eat
and sleep which we guess was where the men came when out hunting with their dogs and maybe staying the night when necessary.
There was nothing around for miles.
We had a truly international group of people
who like me were passionate about the Podengo. They came from Portugal, Spain, France, Sweden, Finland,
UK, USA and Denmark.
There was a fantastic banner of all the dogs and their breeders
hanging on the brick wall as you go into the building. Against another wall were items which relate to hunting and lots of
photos which were fascinating to see.
First off we were given a traditional Portuguese breakfast
which consisted of various sorts of bread in cinnamon, mashed up and to drink we had fruit juice, beer and wine. As it was
such a hot day I left the beer and wine in favour of fruit juice.
After breakfast we had
a talk by Henrique on the Podengo and he introduced all the members of the hunting team and what they did as some just went
hunting whist others hunted and also showed their dogs. This was translated by his son. We were given hats
to wear and a group photo was taken.
We set off in the heat of the day to trek across the fields
with the Podengo breeders and their pack of dogs. Each breeder had a polo shirt on with their name and
the name of the kennel name on it.
Some of the breeder’s dogs had a collar on some did
not others had a coloured collar with a number which helped us to distinguish which dogs belonged to which breeder.
Some of the dogs also had bells on their collars to alert the rabbits to their presence which flushed them out ready
for the chase. These bells also told the breeders where their dogs were.
A lot of the
breeders had whistles to call their dogs back to them but Henrique had a shell which sounded like a horn when he blew into
it which added some drama to the occasion.
The grass was long and with the wild grasses
and flower it made a spectacular sight. Each pack kept together and the slightest whiff of a rabbit and
they were off. We all split up and followed different breeders in their quest to find a rabbit.
was not the usual hunting season which goes from October to January depending on the rabbit population so we did not expect
to see any rabbits or the dogs to catch any, but we lived in hope.
Most of the breeders’
dogs were Medio’s’, smooth and wire and with a few Pequeno mixed in which again were in either smooth or wire.
We were out a good few hours following various breeders and their dogs in the hope that we might see the chase but
unfortunately no rabbits were caught that day but the dogs did get the scent of a few rabbits and started frantically sniffing
and pushing all the undergrowth out of the way to try and get to one.
This area of Portugal
is known for its cork. Nearly all the trees had various amounts of cork growing around the truck and each
tree was numbered so they knew when they had last removed the cork from that tree which then allowed that tree to regrow the
cork without taking too much cork off before it re-grew.
Henrique then sang a song giving thanks to
the trees and their cork which was amazing and brought a few of us to tears. It was very moving.
set off again heading towards the barns and on the way we came across a lake which the dogs then all leapt into to cool off
it was a fantastic sight.
Once back to the farmhouse we were invited to go in and have lunch
which was traditional Portuguese food. To start with we had some meats and cheese with bread and then a vegetable stew in
one cork pot and another cork pot had a variety of meats in it. We could not believe that the cork pots
did not leak but they were watertight. All of this was washed down with fruit juice, beer or wine.
for the interesting bit, out came a few different bottles of what could be called local brew which was very strong and the
sort of drink you loved but made you shudder when swallowing it. It would have been rude of course not
to try each one.
Once lunch was over we had a talk by Henrique on the Podengo and he followed the breed
standard explaining the construction of the breed and what all breeders should be striving to achieve, we all found this very
Next we all went outside to see how they train puppies to first be interested in the
rabbit and then how to hunt. Some of people had brought their own dogs with them as they were going to show them at the National
Dog Show and the Monografica so they let their dogs join in and it was amazing how the dogs just slotted into a pack and did
exactly what the pack did. The natural hunting instinct is very strong even in dogs that are just pets
and show dogs.
I am going to digress a bit now and tell you a short story of my daughters Podengo called
Breeze who loved to chase squirrels but never caught one.
Breeze was out walking and she finally
got the hang of how to chase and catch a rabbit as previously she always ran the way the rabbit had come from rather than
the way it was going.
Off she went chasing the rabbit and gaining
on it. Finally she caught the rabbit and was so pleased with herself only to be taught a hash lesson as
a Dalmatian ran up to her and promptly stole her rabbit and ran off with it. The moral of the story always
hang onto tightly what you have caught.
Finally it was time to leave after a long,
tiring but thoroughly enjoyable day as we had a three hour journey back to the hotel and we had to get up early again the
next day. We said our goodbyes and thanks and started the journey back.
got back to the hotel around 11.00pm, really tired but had such a brilliant day. Alice (owner of the hotel)
kindly made us a cup of tea and then off to bed we went.
Day 4 we were up early again for the
27th Monografica Do Podengo Portuguese which started at 10.00pm.
had a problem finding the venue as it was a different venue to last year. We stopped at a local supermarket
to ask directions and were quickly on our way again.
It was another really hot day so it was nice
to be inside for a change as we had been out in the sun for the last 3 days.
this was my first time at the Monografica I joined the club and was given a badge, membership card and a few other bits and
pieces. I was greeted warmly by the President of the Club Vitor Veiga who made me feel very welcome.
show started with the Medio and Grande in one ring and the Pequeno in another. As I have the smaller of
the breed I sat around the Pequeno ring to watch the judging. I would love to have been able to watch the
Medio judging as this size of Podengo really interested me and there were some beautiful dogs there.
will give the results of the show at the end as there was a lot going on and as everything was in Portuguese it was not always
easy to follow. I will only give the results of the Pequeno as this was unfortunately the only judging
I managed to watch.
When showing the Pequeno the measuring stick came out a few times and this all added
to the excitement of the show.
All the exhibitors were very relaxed and some breeders had professional
handlers and others showed the dogs themselves.
A lot of the dogs we had already seen at the
National Dog show but the judging was completely different and the winners were not the same.
smooth coats are judged separately which is much better and I wish they did that here in the UK as you are judging like for
like. Who knows one day that may happen.
After the show had finished we were invited
to have a meal with all the members and exhibitors which was a very special moment. Most of our group had
met a lot of the people before so it was like meeting up with old friends and there was lots of laughter and fun.
food was lovely and although the speeches were in Portuguese we did get the gist of what was being said.
were presented with a gift of a very special bottle of wine which we drank the next evening giving a toast to all the Portuguese
friends that many of our party meet every year.
We said our goodbyes and made our way back
to the hotel for quick fresh up and off out again for another superb meal and talked over the events of the day.
5 was a day off and as this was my first visit to this part of Portugal it was decided to show me the sights around the local
It was a really hot day so we made our way to a market which was on the beach front and had a quick
look around. We then went to visited a lovely town called San Martinho do Porto which was on the coast and had the most fantastic
beach which stretched for miles. There was also a funicular railway which went up to another village at the top of the hill.
views were stunning at the top and it was just a magical moment sitting there looking across the beach out to sea and from
such a fantastic viewing point.
We headed back to the hotel and out to our last meal of the holiday
which again turned out to be well worth the wait for a table.
Day 6 was the day we had
to head out to the airport around midday so we had a relaxing breakfast checked out of the hotel saying our goodbyes to the
We had our last cup of coffee at a local bar and then said our goodbyes to Angie, Susan
& Keith. Angie was staying another day and Susan and Keith were heading off to spend a few days by the coast to relax.
arrived at the airport in good time but unfortunately our plane sat on the runway for 4 hours whilst they cleared the debris
up from one runway and then we had to deal with the French Air Traffic Controllers who decided to go on strike.
arrived back home a lot later than planned but having had a brilliant time. Would I do it all again you
bet I would. So Portugal here I come next year.
RESULTS OF THE
27TH MONIGAPHIC PODENGO PORTUGUESE
ARRUDA DOS VINHOS
12TH JUNE 2016
PODENGO PEQUENO - WIRE
1st Pinta De Corgovalle – Owned by Fernando Augusto Florindo Aleidea
1st Boy D’Albergaria – Owned by Bessa, Joao Antonio Lopes Paula
1st Ribatejo De
Viamonte – Owned by Miguel Sabino -
2nd Bigode Do Vale Negro - Owned by Costa, Carlos Alberto Pascoal Vieira
3rd Parsifal Do Vale Do Poco – Owned by Jorge & Vitor Veiga
1st Turbante Do Vale Negro – Owned by Castro, Catherine
2nd Tudu Do Vale Do Cutileiro - Owned by Crystele Bazetous & Anna Marta Carvalho
1st Umbigo De Viamonte
- Owned by Miguel Sabrino
1st Crossoak Merenda Mista – Owned by Glad-Vaistola Jatta
Nuu-Nuu – Owned by Karkkainen Marke
1st Patricia Da Casa De Maio – Owned by Darlene Devaney - BOB
Do Vale Negro – Owned by Castro, Catherine Osorio Molinari
3rd Cris Da Aquae Flaviae – Owned by Oak, Emilio
1st Cachopa Do Vale Do Juiz – Owned b Emanuel Rott
Heinahattu – Owned by Karkkainen
1st Filo – Owned by Bessa, Joao Antonino Lopes Paula
The picture above is of Champion & Grand Champion Lindoia De
Veiros, owned by Henrique & Nuno Passadinhas and handled by Henrique. The dog, a Wire coated Medio (medium sized) Podengo,
has been judged Best in Show at the Monografica on more than one occasion, and was judged Best of Breed at the 2013
Portuguese Show on the day after this year's Monografica.
What an incredible achievement, and congratulations to
The NPPA is Represented at The Portuguese Podengo
Monografica 2013 - by Rob Dunning.
A group of seven members of the
Northern Portuguese Podengo Association congregated in portugal to attend the 2013 Podengo monografica.
We did not have any dogs to show this year, because the logistics were too complicated.
Two members flew, the weekend before the show, to Porto, which is North of the venue, and spent
a few days visiting various towns and sites, on their way down to a very picturesque seaside town of Foz do Arelho.
Whilst they were so doing, a further two members flew into Lisbon, from the North of England, whilst
three members also flew to Lisbon from Southern England - all meeting at the same hotel in Foz.
We had mixed feelings about leaving such beautiful weather in England, to visit a country, traditionally
warm and sunny, which was cloudy, windy and cold for most of our stay. However, a great time was still had by all.
On the Sunday, we travelled the five miles or so, from Foz to Caldas Da Rainha, the venue for the Show.
As ever, we were greeted, with open arms, by the President
of the Clube do Podengo Português, Vitor Veiga, and his delightful wife, Gabriella, as well as many other Clube
members, whom we have come to befriend over the years.
due to the economic situation in Portugal, the entry of dogs was smaller than in previous years. However, the exhibiting and
judging was still very entertaining.
Below is a list of the
winners of the various classes - just the Pequenos (small), because it is very difficult to keep track of the proceedings
in two consecutive rings, when no results are posted anywhere.
again, after the judging, a fabulous meal had been organised, to which we were invited. The Portuguese, hard times or otherwise,
certainly know how to feed themselves, and the wine flowed very freely too. The meal concluded with the customary cutting
of the Clube cake, by the President, preceeded by a presentation of a certificate, from the President of the American Portuguese
Club, Darlene Devaney, to commemorate the recognition of the Podengo, in the USA, by the American Kennel Club.
The following day was "Portugal Day" - the Portuguese's most highly celebrated
Bank Holiday. Everybody celebrates this day in one way or another.
We celebrated by going to........a dog show.
Kennel Club organised a series of speciality shows - as part of a large agricultural show - of all the Portuguese canine breeds,
forming one large dog show.
There were all types of breed of
dog present, but, of course, our main interest was, again, with the Podengos. Several of the faces seen the previous day,
were present, together with several of our friends from previous years, unable to attend the Monografica.
Judging started around ten o'clock, and continued until about seven in the evening. It was a long
day, especially after the previouis day, but we all came away tired, but a little more knowledgable, about the Podengos in
On the following day, the Southerners left for Lisbon
to fly home, only to be delayed about two hours, thanks to a strike by French Air Control Personnel.
Our two friends who came down from the North were to spend a couple more days travelling back to Porto.
They, also, were delayed on their flight.
The other couple,
from the North of England, travelling back from Lisbon, were less lucky. Regretfully, they had their flight cancelled, for
the same reason as the delays, and the news so far, is that they are stranded in Portugal, probably until Sunday, five days
after they should have been arriving back in Blighty.
(Our thoughts are with them - Ed )
Results of the Judging of The Portuguese
Podengo (Pequeno) at
the Monografica 2013 in caldas da rainha.
Aleu – Owned by Fernando Gramaxo. Handled by Emilio Carvalho. Awarded Excellent & CCJ.
1st Vasco Malhadinho – Owner unspecified.
2nd Pimpao Do Vale Negro – Owned by Carla Molinari.
1st Ch (Pt) Tudu Do Vale Do Cutileiro – Owned by Vasco Matias. Awarded Excellent.
2nd Ch (Pt) Evan De Balouzval – Owned by Jose Silva. Handled by Alexandra Morgado. Awarded Excellent.
1st Ch (Pt) Ch (Mc) Vasco De Viamonte – Owned by Miguel
Sabino. Awarded Best Dog & BOB (Wire).
1st Nazare Da Terra De Montoito – Owned by Miguel Rebelo. Awarded Excellent & Best Bitch.
1st Madre Perola Do Vale Do Poco – Owned by M. Jorge, V. Veiga & F. Madeleno. Awarded Excellent
2nd Maca-I Do Vale
Do Cutileiro – Owned by Vasco Matias. Awarded Excellent & Res. CAC.
1st Filo-I – Owned by M. Bessa.2nd Nolita Da Aqua Flaviae – Owned by Emilio Carvalho.
1st Mic Da Aquae Flaviae – Owned by Emilio Carvalho.
2nd Lucky Da Aquae Flaviae – Owned by Emilio Carvalho.
1st Amendoim De Paio Pires – Owned by Jose & Luis & Pedro Almeida. Awarded Res. CAC
1st Pizon’s Dom Decisivo – Owned by Gabriela Veiga. Awarded
CAC, Best Dog & Best of Breed.
1st Areia Da Quinta Do Saloio – Owned by Jose & Luis & Pedro Almeida.
2nd Safira-I – Owned by Francisco Desiderio.
3rd Hindi De Balouzval
– Owned by Jose Silva.
Dora Da Aquae Flaviae – Owned by Emilio Carvalho.
1st Amora De Paio Pires – Owned by Helena & Joao Costa.
2nd JCh (Pt) Jeitosa De Vale Do Criz – Owned by Luis Cunha.
1st Seta Do Vale Do Cutileiro – Owned by Vasco Matias.
2nd Branquinha-I – Owned by Armindo Germano
1st Ch (Pt) Cassie – Owned by Jose Silva. Awarded Best Bitch.
2nd Ch (Pt) Behu – Owned by Jose Silva.
to follow shortly.
Our Trip to the Monografica
15th July 2012 at Caldas da Rainha, portugal
by Eileen Segui
It was early morning on the 11th July when Angie Pedder and I, together with 6 Podengos, travelled to Portsmouth
to board the Brittany Ferry to the northern Spanish port of Santander. The ferry takes 24 hours for the crossing. It is a
very pleasant ship with lots to do, when you have time of course, in between looking after your dogs in the kennels.
We had a very good onward journey and
stopped for the night in Portugal about 100 miles from our destination at Foz do Arelho, which is a lovely coastal town, where
we had stayed before, and where we met up with the rest of our NPPA friends, Susan & Keith Pearson and Sue & Rob Dunning.
We still had a day and a
half to enjoy our surroundings and unwind from the journey, before attending the show.
On arrival at the show we were welcomed, with open arms, by Gabriela Veiga.
This is always a very happy show, with many overseas visitors enjoying the day. We have enjoyed their hospitality for several
years as spectators, but now, with 6 dogs to show, it made it very special.Angie was first in the ring, with her smooth baby puppy dog, Caldermist Cascais, who was placed 2nd.
came his smooth litter sister, Caldermist Camelia, who was placed 1st & Best Baby Puppy Bitch.
Rob was in next, with their smooth bitch Anjuskar Amalia,
who had travelled out with us and joined Sue & Rob in Portugal. They were thrilled to be awarded 1st in a strong
Next was my
Arranbourne Amoroso, where we gained a creditable 3rd in Open Dog with an excellent qualification.
My Vale do Vale do Cutileiro da Arranbourne
(imp), I am pleased to say won the Open Bitch class and gained the CAC QC. So I was thrilled, along with her breeder Vasco
Matias. Vasco had also bred Amalia’s sire, owned by the Dunnings, so that was also very pleasing for him.
Finally Ch. Nashnall Aldina at Caldermist
won a very strong Champion class and went on to be Best Bitch for a very happy Angie, and an equally thrilled Susan &
Keith, who had bred Dina. So there was something for all of us.
We, then, attended the Annual Podengo lunch, provided by the Clube do Podengo Português. (The Portuguese Podengo Club of Portugal), which was delicious, and as always a very happy occasion.
Two more days to enjoy, sightseeing and exercising the dogs on the beach; then a pleasant
homeward journey, with happy and proud memories to cherish.
Rob and Judge
Angie, Dina & Judge
Left Angie with Dino & Judge
Right Eileen & Carlos
Left NPPA Chairman thanks Vitor Veiga for his hospitality &
Gabriella Veiga translates to Portuguese
NPPA Members relax after a most enjoyable Monografica
Portuguese Podengo Show.
The Clube do Podengo de Portuguese held its 21st
Portuguese Podengo Monografica in Sobral de Monte Agraco, Portugal on 17th July where Best in Show judge, Rui Oliveira
selected the wire coated Podengo Medio (medium) Lindoia de Veiros for top honours. ‘Lindoia’
is owned by Henrique and Nuno Passadinhas and was sent through to the final challenge by Portuguese breed specialist Maria
Amelia Tamborda, who also judged the Podengo Grande (large) variety.
Best Puppy in Show was Luis Vas Macedo’s
smooth Podengo Pequeno (miniature) Geleia da Praia do Ribatejo, put through by French judge Jean Luis Grunheid, and adding
another top award to this successful kennel’s record. The wire coated Podengo Pequenos, one of the two varieties recognised
here in the UK, were judged by well known breed specialist Gabriela Veiga. Her choice for Best of Breed was Miguel Sabino’s
Port. Ch. Forcado de Viamonte. Among the exhibitors and visitors from several countries making the trip
to the Monografica were officers and committee members of the Northern Portuguese Podengo Association (proposed).
During the after show dinner, Chairman of the Northern Portuguese Podengo Association, Keith Pearson, presented
the President of the Clube do Podengo Portuguese, Vitor Veiga with the Association’s portfolio as part of the preparations
leading to the signing of the Lisbon Protocol, a documented commitment which upholds the original Portuguese breed standard
and promotes and protects the interests of this ancient hunting hound
|Chairman Keith Pearson presents the Association's Portfolio to Vitor Veiga Monografica 2010