Pictured above is Tillie (Ch. Amore’s Til the End of Time) winning “Best Brood Bitch” at the 1998 IGCA Western Regional specialty, along with three of her babies, Celeste (Ch. Amore’s Celestial Starstruck), Ryan (Ch. Amore’s Royal Stargazer) and Vinnie (Ch. Amore’s Starry Starry Night). The “Brood Bitch” class is offered at specialties as a showcase for breeders to highlight their breeding programs. The Dam and at least two of her offspring (aka Get) are shown together, but the quality of the Get is what is judged. This is a very prestigious award and winning Best Brood Bitch at a club specialty gives credence to a breeding program.
Best Stud Dog is awarded to the sire and his Get and is the equivalent of Best Brood Bitch. Pictured above is Don Juan (Ch. Amore’s Don Juan), his son Marco (Ch. Amore’s Dazzlin Don d’Marco) and daughter Dazzle (Ch. Amore’s Be Dazzled), winning at the IGCA Eastern Regional Specialty in 2007. This award highlights the merits of the Sire and his Get, and is indicative of a successful breeding program.
I call this an “Amore` day” at the dog show. Pictured in the center is Patty (Ch. Amore’s Sweet Dreams) winning Best of Breed, on the left Rebel (Ch. Amore’s Rebel Without A Cause) winning Best Opposite Sex and Winners Dog, and on the right is Natalie (Ch. Amore’s Splendor In the Grass) awarded Winners Bitch and Best of Winners. In other words, we won everything that day. What a thrill it was to accomplish these wins against quality competition. Many thanks to Judge Betty Regina Leininger for recognizing these three outstanding Italian Greyhounds.
Pictured are Don Juan (Ch. Amore’s Don Juan) winning Best Opposite Sex, and Trix (Ch. Pikop Your Amore at Chaulait) winning Best of Breed at the annual Toy Dog Breeders of So. California show held each January in Palm Springs, CA. Trix and Don Juan are the parents of National Specialty Best of Winner’s GCh. Chaulait’s Black Silk Stockings, Ch. Amore’s Be My Valentine, and soon to be champion Amore’s Appassionata owned by Carol Nilles in Arkansas.
Pictured above are littermates, Rebel (Ch. Amore’s Rebel Without A Cause) and Natalie (Amore’s Splendor In The Grass) winning Best of Breed and Best Opposite Sex. Nat and Rebel are two of eight champions by Top Producers Ch. LaScala Il Leone d’Tucker and Ch. Amore’s Til the End of Time.
A “brace” is made up of two dogs of similar size, structure, movement, and markings. Rebel (BISS Ch. Rebel Without A Cause) and his daughter, Jonni (Ch. Chaulait’s It’s Not For Me to Say) have that combination and I was challenged by a friend to show them as a brace. Their first time being shown as a brace, they were awarded BEST IN SHOW Brace. That was the beginning of a total of 16 Best in Show Brace awards, including all-breed shows and Italian Greyhound Club of America specialty shows as pictured above and below.