My affix “Di San Gimignano” was recognized by the Italian Kennel Club in the year 1984. At that time I bred Poodles, with lines came from England – Kennel Tiopepi. I began to breed and show Chihuahuas in 1996, and have won many Championship titles with my Chihuahuas, including World Winners 2000 and 2001.
I became a judge in year 1992, and my first breed was Poodles.
I am an international ALL BREED judge (http://www.fci.be), and listed in Italian Kennel Club (ENCI) as a specialist in the breeds I breed – Poodles and Chihuahuas. I’m also a teacher of these breeds for new judges. I’m also breeding Jack Russell Terriers in a small scale as well.
I am currently the president of the Rome Kennel Club, a board member of the Italian Bolognese and Maltese Club, and have been a committee member of Club Cani Compagnia and president of the Chihuahua Club (under Club Cani Compagnia).
I have in several countries, including: Italy, England, Finland, USA, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, France, Hungary, Denmark, Norway, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Luxembourg, Germany, Iceland, Republic Of San Marino, Russia, Slovenia, Estonia, Poland, Ireland, Serbia, Spain, Lithuania, Slovakia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Thailand, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, Ukraine, Austria, Taiwan, Indonesia, Colombia and New Zealand.
Being a judge is not an easy task. People love you and speak good about you if they win otherwise, for them, you don’t understand anything. It’s really rare to find objective people. Of course, you can make mistakes but the principal thing is to be honest. I think it’s the main point to be a judge, and of course you must have a good eye for dogs too.
I have had the honor to judge in many specialties- and prestigious shows like World Winner and European Winner Shows. In the year 2013 I had the honor to judge the Toy group at the European Show in Bucharest and BIS in many different countries.