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History in the making: the 1st Neapolitan Mastiff Club Show

Best in show: Faynad Brigantina, owned and bred by Mr G Zadeh; Reserve Best In Show: Fruit D’Amour Toga of Rayvonley (imp) owned by Mr S Cox; Best Opposite Sex & Best Puppy: Drosdelnochs Maximus owned and bred by Mr K Berry

On Saturday 31st July The Neapolitan Mastiff Club held its very first show writes Club Secretary Kathy South.

We were very privileged to have as our judge Antonio di Lorenzo from Italy who comes with his own history, as the Mastino has been in his family for over 100 years. He started his own kennel Dell ‘Altafiumara 36 years ago and it is now the oldest 'living' kennel in Italy. He judges all over the world for the F.C.I., 2, 4, 5 & 10 groups as well as exhibiting and breeding Neapolitan Mastiffs.

Support has been fantastic with many people provding trophies. Pamela Jeans-Brown donated an historic terracotta plaque for Best in show, which is the second one donated to our club. Each exhibitor received a medal to commerate the day as well as a breed print presented by one of our club members.

The weather was kind to us, so the show was held outside and thankfully it did not get too hot for the dogs. For our first show we have set a president, it started on time, ran smoothly and without any hiccups. A record of 60 dogs were entered and 42 were present.

Afterwards our judge told me that he was very please with the overall specimens he saw here in GB. Especially so the bitches, which took the top honours of BIS & RBIS, with BOS going to a young male. Critiques were written and given out at the time of judging to the first and second placed dogs, this I'm told was very well received.

All in all a fabulous first for our fabulous breed, our thanks go to all who have supported us thus far.