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6/19/2017 - This past week the UPPCC suffered a great loss with the passing of Richard Kelly. Richard and his family were instrumental in the introduction and understanding of the Perro de Pressa Canario breed. Richard was able to achieve one of his biggest goals in 2002 when the UKC officially recognized the Presa Canario breed by its historic name, Perro de Presa Canario. Please join the UPPCC in offering your condolences to the Kelly Family. Richards knowledge of the breed will be greatly missed.
The National Perro de Presa Canario Club (NPPCC) was founded in 1990, by Richard G. Kelly and family. The clubs mission was to introduce this new rare breed - the Presa Canario to those enthusiasts who understood and could appreciate the many attributes of this magnificent guardian. Hopefully encouraging prospective breeders to propagate this species according to the clubs "Code of Ethics" and provide a breed registry for all certified Presa Canario dogs. The NPPCC ultimate goal was to achieve breed recognition by one of the two major dog registries, either the American Kennel Club (AKC) or the United Kennel Club (UKC).
In order to further advance the clubs goals it sponsored the transformation of its registry and membership to a new organization. In January, 2002, the new club was formed and is now known as "The United Perro de Presa Canario Club" (UPPCC).With the induction of club Officers and Directors, their missions were to help provide a venue where Presa Canario owners could compete with their dogs in "Conformation, Weight-Pulls, Agility, Obedience and Protection" events, and provide an opportunity to register their dogs with the largest breed specific registry (UPPCC) as well as registering with the UKC and AKC/FSS programs.