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Who we are


Dear Friends, my passion for English Cocker Spaniel dogs was born when I was a little girl. After being “momma” to several mixed breeds given to me by neighbors, I was presented OLGA, also a mix but very much like a spaniel in looks and mostly in character, loving and with a strong aptitude to hunting. As soon as she came to our house she conquered us all, even my father who had been against getting yet another dog. She became an important part of our “extended” family, cats, dogs and people.
My life changed and my adventure in dog breeding and competing started in 1996 when I moved in with my boyfriend and he gave me my first purebred English Cocker Spaniel, long awaited for, black as coal, and as each dog owner can tell you, the prettiest dog in the world! This puppy came from a kennel near Mantua and his breeders, who have since become dear friends, helped me along the way caring for this bundle of waggy-tail excitement that has given us so much joy.

We had been bitten by the dog show bug and we decided to add another member to our family, “Bruce Lee” nicknamed Magoo; he allowed himself to be shown in local sweepstakes, the ones where the first prizes are salamis or pieces of cheese. We learnt about showing, grooming, presenting and met many professional breeders; one of these was Angela Francini.
After entering him in larger and more important shows (Nazionali, Internazionali and Raduni) in which Magoo’s results varied, we had some satisfactions but most of all we learnt about Cockers and the dog show environment.
In a short time we got another dog a bitch from the renowned breeder Franca Simondetti. “Gaialice” was a daughter of the famous “Grandes Murailles”, I was sorry not to have met Mrs. Simondetti as she had passed away in that period (1998). Gaialice was sound, sturdy and as solid as a rock, she was nicknamed “Rottweiler” as she was dominant and the indisputa
ble leader of our small pack, which she led caringly and with much sweetness.
Time had come for a radical change as our growing family and my increasing passion for cockers were in need of more space, so we decided to move. We exchanged our city apartment for a house in the rolling hills surrounded by pastures and wooded areas ideal for our dogs.
Now our family has grown a lot, but each and every dog has a place in my heart and each is the dearest and best.
In 1998 I bought Leon. This does not sound like a good name for a cocker, in fact, he was not a cocker but a Leonberger! Acapulco, (his pedigree name) was my first Leonberger. His sweet disposition and reliability as much as his size made him a great friend of children and elderly people alike and a great deterrent for thieves.
I don’t think I could ever be without a dog of this breed and even if I stopped breeding altogether, I would never be happy without a “lion” around the house.
Unfortunately Leon died very young but Matilda who is nine, Basilissa, Ulrike, Liuto and Calì are the “Lions” who currently live with me and the cocker family.
 

My first champion was “FRANCINI’S WHENTOMORROWCOME” a beautiful blue roan cocker bitch given to me by my dear friend Angela Francini. When I saw her at a show in Reggio Emilia I wouldn’t take no for an answer until she came home with me. She became an Italian Show Champion in a jiffy. Brava Wendy!
I think that if I continued my story in such detail it would be much too long for my readers, but I just can’t leave out any of my dear pups.
DOGS ARE PART OF WHAT I AM AND THERE ARE NO FAVORITES! I LOVE THEM ALL AND CARE FOR EACH OF THEM UNDISTINCTLY.
MORA DI VILLA CASTELLI is my second Italian Sho
w Champion and in 2007 she also became Champion Brood Bitch. I loved showing her and seeing her fly around the ring has always been a joy for me and her energy was contagious to all.
I don’t wish to bore you further, but I will list all my kennel’s champions. I must remind you however that it’s not the titles that make the dog but our love and care which the dog
will give back to you a hundredfold.
FRANCINI’S WHENTOMORROWCOME
IT. SHOW CHAMPION
MORA DI VILLA CASTELLIIT. SHOW CHAMPIO N  CH. BROOD BITCH
TABASCO ZEBRA MARKINGCH. BROOD DOG
FRANCINI’S ALLNIGHTENCI JUNIOR WARRANT / IT. SHOW CHAMPION
FRANCINI’S QUERIDA IT.SHOW CHAMPION/INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION/SLOVENIA CHAMPION
ETOILE IT.SHOW CHAMPION
FRANCINI’S DONJUANDEMARCO IT.SHOW CHAMPION/INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION SLOVENIA CHAMPION
MATILDA CH.BROOD BITCH
LIUTO DEL SAMBRO IT.SHOW CHAMPION/INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION SAN MARINO CHAMPION/ AUSTRIAN BREED CHAMPION 2005/ CH STUD DOG/ ENCI CHAMPION OF THE YEAR 2006
ACAPULCO SAN MARINO JUNIOR WARRANT
ALMALEO DRUGO LEBOSKI AUSTRIAN BREED CLUB JUNIOR WARRANT 2006
ALMALEO MORGANA IT.SHOW CHA MPION
ALMALEO EVION IT. JUNIOR WARRANT

Here are a few of my champions….
 
Up til now we have had over 30 dogs in our kennel and applied for and were granted our official ENCI and FCI registered kennel name “ALMALEO”. My goals remain the same as when I started out; to strive for the good of the breed and make them better and better, and to create a line of my own in which good character and the innate characteristics of the breed are combined with correct conformation… there is still a long way to go.
My kennel is situated at the foothills near Reggio Emilia about 20 kms from the A1 exit of Reggio Emilia.It is surrounded by woods and the animals that reside there, ideal for our dogs who have ample shaded grounds to run around in.
What breed should you choose? Cocker or Leonberger? Both!!! They compliment eachother like elephants and butterflies loving eachother to the end.
ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL
A particularly exuberant breed, joyful and merry, sweet and very “birdy”, kids go crazy for them and grown ups can’t resist their sweet expression, whoever owns one just can’t do without them.
Recommended books about the breed
I Cocker L’Inglese e l’Americano by G.B.Tabo’
Il Cocker by Franca Simondetti
LEONBERGER
Big, majestic, balanced, a guardian and most of all as sweet as sugar, loyal, but he is not a dog for everyone. Notwithstanding his sweet disposition and balance he must be attentively cared for during his growing period; exercise, proper food and socialization are very important to a growing Leonberger.
Recommended book about the breed
Il Leonberger by Guido Perosino
I think I’ll stop here although a breeder would never stop talki
ng about his furkids. I want to thank all of those who have helped me along the way to my dream and I’d like to wish good luck to those who want to follow my footsteps.
Crazy about dogs

Laura Franzoni
PHOTOS - MARCO LEONARDI

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