Discover Dogs

Discover Dogs is a regular event organised by the Kennel Club. It features hundreds of different breed stands so visitors can learn more about their favourite four-legged friends from dedicated experts, find out more about how to buy a dog responsibly, and learn how to look after their new canine companion. Click on the logo to go to their website for more details.

Other features of the show include the Young Kennel Club interactive activity ring, which provides younger visitors with the opportunity to have a go at agility, learn how to train a dog and take part in an obstacle course with some of the ‘professional’ dogs at the event. There are also other old favourites such as the popular crossbreed competition, Scruffts, along with displays from the Metropolitan Police dogs and puppies, and exciting agility competitions.

The NPPA regularly attends these shows and staffs the Portuguese Podengo breed stand. If you're interested in getting a dog - and especially a Portuguese Podengo - it's a great event to come along to, meet the dogs and talk to owners and breeders about them.

Discover Dogs 2021

Discover Dogs 2021 took place on 20 & 21 November  at the ExCel Centre in London. Our thanks go to Simon Bulpin and Tony Hall for their tremendous assistance in ensuring the stand could be set up and dismantled. The show was smaller this year - unsurprising in the current circumstances. A number of trade exhibitors didn't attend and a few of the breed booths were vacant but attendance numbers were good and it was a very worthwhile event.

Day 1
Jenny Wedge managed the stand along with Sarah Sands and Eileen Segui, as well as some 4-legged assistance from Grace, Fausti, Mac, Harley, Caz and Eevie.  After a slow start, the number of visitors picked up as the day progressed and there was a lot of interest in the breed - indeed, the Association picked up a couple of new members from this interest.

Day 2
Rob Dunning was on duty with Tony Hall, Anna Sampson and Simon Sampson. Attendance was good, despite being unsurprisingly down on last year, and Stewards from the Kennel Club visited to thank us for the display. Royal Canin kindly provided a goodie bag for each of the breed booths in attendance and this will go to the 2022 Open Show prize pot.

Again, many thanks to everyone who helped run the booth and spread the word about the breed. This event is a great way of popularising it and spreading the word. If you able are to help and would be prepared to give a day or half a day next year, please contact nppasecretary@gmail.com or keep your eyes open for publicity nearer the time. No qualifications needed: just enthusiasm and a willingness to talk to visitors about your experience with the breed.