Show Dog Judges Profiles


, Mr Francesco Rome,



    Di San Gimignano
  • FCI:

    Terriers, Dachshunds, Companion and Toy Dogs, Sighthounds

Francesco was born in 1963 in Rome, Italy, into a "dog family". His father was a judge and he and his wife bred Poodles under the prefix "Della Perla Grigia" Francesco's affix "Di San Gimignano" was recognized by the Italian Kennel Club in the end of 80's. His first breed was Poodles. He then began to bred and show Chihuahuas in 1996 after marrying Finnish Chihuahua breeder Tuula Lehtinen-Cochetti (Misty Meadow's Chihuahuas). Their joint venture has been very successful and they have created a world famous line together and have had numerous Champions and World Winners. He became a judge in year 1993, and is qualified to judge all FCI 9 Group (Toy and Companion dogs), all Group 4 (Dachshunds), some breeds from the Group 3 (Terriers) and some breeds from the Group 10 (Sighthounds) - see List. He is listed in Italian Kennel Club (ENCI) as a Specialist Judge in the breeds he has bred, Poodles and Chihuahuas. He also does Judges Training for these breeds. Francesco has judged in 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 and Latvia He has had the honor of judging the Standard Poodles at the World Winner Show 2000 in Italy. He has judged several National Specialties and Specialties in different Toy breeds in Australia, Sweden, Japan, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Iceland, Israel, Germany, Serbia and Hungary. He has, at the moment, the reputation of a specialist judge for the Toy breeds. He is the current President of Rome Kennel Club.