Ramon Valenzuela Podesta
Ramón Podesta, of Santiago, Chile, finished his first ring champion at age 12. By 17, he had founded his world-famous Von Hausman Kennel.
Mr. Podesta is Chile’s all-time leading show-dog breeder, with decades of top ranked-dogs to his credit. He has bred Best in Show–winning dogs in 18 different breeds, and his Afghan Hounds have won specialty shows in Chile, Argentina, the United States, and the United Kingdom, among other countries. He is the breeder of the number-one Afghan Hound in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Sweden, and the top-ranked Afghan for 2010–2011 in United Kingdom.
An FCI all-breed judge since 1978, Mr. Podesta has judged at top venues in North America, South America, and Europe. He is a former member of the FCI Scientific Committee, serving three terms, and is past president of the Kennel Club of Chile. He founded the Pekingese Club and Working Dog Club of Chile.