Milan grew up in rural Ohio and throughout his childhood participated in 4H, competitively exhibiting his ponies and horses. At age 16, he purchased his first purebred dog, a “less than stellar, but very sweet” Newfoundland that Milan decided to show, making for a tough beginning - but things did improve!
Milan first met Peg and her husband David at the 1979 Newfoundland National Specialty held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. By this point, Milan’s (much improved) Newfs were down line from Pouch Cove dogs. Over the next few years Milan did limited breedings, producing quality dogs with success in the show ring.
Once Milan began his university studies, he became increasingly interested in PWDs due to living space constraints that would not accommodate the big breed. Dave and Peg ultimately got their first PWD from Milan and that worked out especially well, as Milan had completed his graduate schooling and relocated to New York City, providing the opportunity to work closely together on the PWD breeding and show program.
Pouch Cove has bred and owned multiple top-rated, Best in Show and Working Group winners. They are especially proud of Pouch Cove’s PWDCA National Specialty results, as reflected by winning three times BOB, four times BOS, five times WD/WB, and multiple wins in Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes and Brood Bitch and Stud Dog.
Pouch Cove has owned the number one PWD over four separate years, represented most recently by Matisse (sired by GCH Pouch Cove Caribe), expertly handled throughout his career by Michael Scott. With 238 all-breed best in show wins to his credit, Matisse is the top winning male show dog in US history, a two time National Specialty winner, a three time Westminster Working Group winner, and Best in Show winner at the 2013 AKC Eukanuba Invitational.
Beyond the PWDs, Milan also owns four very funny and incredibly cute Affenpinschers, three of which have completed their championships, and all of which rule the PWDs. The little belge Fiona recently started her specials career and is already a multiple all breed best in show and national specialty winner.
Milan is a long-time member of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America and the Newfoundland Club of America, President of the Hatboro Dog Club, Vice President of the Morris and Essex Kennel Club and Treasurer of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.
Milan earned an undergraduate degree in Finance and a PhD from the School of Business at the Ohio State University. He is a Managing Director at BlackRock Investments in New York City, serving as the Head of Fixed Income for the Americas Region, and is a senior member of the firm’s Global Operating Committee. He lives in New York City and at his country home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
About Peggy & Dave...
Peggy and Dave Helming acquired their first Newfoundland in 1965 and began their breeding program in 1968 under the kennel prefix Pouch Cove. They have bred and/or owned approximately 275 champions, including many National Specialty winners, Working Group winners and Best in Show winners in the USA and also around the world. Thirty-seven of their dogs have achieved Newfoundland Club of America Register of Merit (ROM) status. The top four ROM sires in the history of the Newfoundland breed have been owned and bred by Pouch Cove. Their dogs have also excelled in Obedience trials and in NCA sanctioned working events. Fourteen have earned their NCA Versatility titles obtaining AKC Championship, NCA Water Rescue and NCA Draft Dog titles. Peggy and Dave were recognized as the 2003 AKC Working Dog Breeders of the Year given their many accomplishments with the Pouch Cove breeding program.
Peggy served on the Newfoundland Club of America's Board of Directors for 16 years, four of those years as First-Vice-President. She chaired the AKC Video Committee, was a member of the Standard and Illustrated Guide Committee, NCA's National Specialty Coordinator and currently serves on the Judge's Education Committee. She is a member of the Somerset Hills Kennel Club, Morris and Essex Kennel Club and Delaware Water Gap Kennel Club where she serves as their Corresponding Secretary. Peggy is also an AKC Delegate representing the Erie Kennel Club and is a charter member of her local regional club, New Pen Del and served as President for several years. She is an AKC approved judge for Newfoundlands and Portuguese Water Dogs and has judged in US, Denmark, Italy, Norway and Sweden.
Dave served on the NCA Board of Directors for eight years and as NCA President for three of those years. He has also been the NCA Policy Chairman and is presently serving as the NCA Heath Liaison. Both Peggy and Dave are honorary members of the Newfoundland Club of America. On the all-breed front, Dave is the current President of the Somerset Hills Kennel Club, a member of Morris and Essex KC and the Delaware Water Gap Kennel Club. He is on the Executive Committee and Board for Morris & Essex. Dave is approved to judge Newfoundlands and Junior Showmanship.
Each year, the American Kennel Club (AKC®) chooses seven group winners for the American Kennel Club's prestigious Breeder of the Year Award. A breeder is chosen from each of the seven groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding. This award honors breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs. From those seven, one Group winner is selected as "AKC Breeder of the Year". For 2005, Peggy and Dave Helming were chosen as the Working Group Winners and went on to receive the 2005 AKC Breeder of the Year Award at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in January 2006! For more information about this exciting honor, read the AKC News article.
Peggy and Dave share their home in Flemington, NJ with 20 Newfoundlands and 5 Portuguese Water Dogs.
|2002 - Lake Geneva, WI
||• Nick - Best in Puppy Sweepstakes
• Fannie - Award of Merit
|2003 - Memphis, TN
||• Orion - Winners Dog & Best of Winners
• Grrilla - Reserve Winners Bitch
|2005 - Cumberland, MD
||• Grrilla - Best of Opposite Sex
• Busy - Reserve Winners Bitch
• Baby Jane - Best Puppy in Show
• Grrilla - Brood Bitch Winner
|2006 - Whittington, IL
||• Busy - Best of Breed
• Chloe - Winners Bitch, Best of Winners & Best Puppy in Show
• Sony - Reserve Winners Bitch
• Baby Jane - Award of Merit
• Pouch Cove - Breeders Class Winner
|2007 - Ventura, CA
||• Baby Jane - Best of Opposite Sex
• Carlo - Best in Puppy Sweepstakes
• Desi - Reserve Winners Bitch
|2008 - Warwick, RI
||• Fannie - Best Veteran & Award of Merit
• Bling - Reserve Winners Bitch
• Desi - Award of Merit
• Jane- Brood Bitch Winner
|2009 - Whittington, IL
||• Orion - Best of Opposite Sex
• Caribe - Winners Dog, Best of Winners & Best in Puppy Sweepstakes
|2010 - San Luis Obispo, CA
||• Pepsea - Best in Puppy Futurity
|2011 - Pine Mountain, GA
||• Czar - Best in Puppy Futurity
• Carlo - Stud Dog Winner
• Busy - Brood Bitch
|2012 - Lake Geneva, WI
||• Pepsea - Select Bitch
• Matisse - Best in Puppy Sweepstakes
• Lark - Award of Merit
• Caribe - Stud Dog Winner
|2013 - Albany, OR
||• Matisse - Best of Breed
• Pepsea - Best of Opposite Sex
|2014 - Gettyburg, PA
||• Matisse - Best of Breed
• Goerke - Winners Bitch & Best Puppy in Show
• Monet - Reserve Winners Bitch
• Preston - Reserve Winners Dog
• Busy - Award of Merit & Veteran Class Winner
|2015 - Frankenmuth, MI
||• Preston - Winners Dog, Best of Winners & Award of Merit
• Goerke - Select Bitch
• Pepsea - Award of Merit