Francesco Cochetti


International FCI judge

I was born year 1963 in Rome, Italy, in a “dog family”, my father was a judge and bred together with mother Poodles with the prefix “Della Perla Grigia”.

Occupation: general manager

My affix “Di San Gimignano” was recognized by the Italian Kennel Club in the end of 80's. San Gimignano is a beautiful medieval town in Toscana. At that time I bred Poodles, the lines came from England, from Tiopepi Kennel. I began to breed and show Chihuahuas year 1996 after marrying a Chihuahua breeder Tuula Lehtinen-Cochetti (Misty Meadow’s Chihuahuas). I have won many Championship titles with my Chihuahuas including World Winners 2000 and 2001.

I became a judge in year 1993. My first breed was Poodles.
I have at the moment the right to judge 


9. group: The whole group: Bolognese, Maltese, Bichon Frisé, Bichon Havanais, Coton de Tulear, Löwchen, Griffon Belge, Griffon Bruxellois, Petit Brabancon, Chinese Crested, Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, Dwarf Poodle, Toy Poodle, Lhasa Apso, Shih-Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier, Chihuahua, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, King Charles Spaniel, Papillon, Phaléne, Kromfohrländer, Pekingese, Japanese Chin, French Bulldog, Pug, Boston Terrier, Russian Toy.

4. group: The whole group: All Dachshunds
3. group: The whole group: All Terriers
10. group: The whole group: All Sighthounds

I am listed in Italian Kennel Club (ENCI) a specialist in the breeds I have bred, Poodles and Chihuahuas.  I am also a teacher of these breeds to new judges.

I have judged in Italy, England, Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, Denmark, Norway, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Luxembourg, Germany, Iceland, Republic Of San Marino, Russia, Slovenia, Estonia and Latvia.   

I have had the honor to judge in the following specialties and prestigious shows:
- World Winner Show 2000 in Italy (Standard Poodles)
- National Specialty in Hungary 2000 & 2002
- National Specialty in Israel 2002
- National Specialty in Sweden 2005
- Specialty in Japan 2005


I am currently the president of the Rome Kennel Club, and have been a committee member of Club Cani Compagnia and the president of the Chihuahua Club (under Club Cani Compagnia).


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 do mistakes but the principal thing is to be honest. I think it's the main point for to be a judge, of course one must have a good eye to dogs too.

I prefer to judge abroad. There you don't know anyone and you enjoy more. I like very much the system that the scandinavian people use. I'm glad to have judged there often. They are very well organized and they have a very good level in toydogs. Many of 9th group breeds have beautiful speciments: Poodles, Bichons, Papillons, Tibetan Spaniels, Chihuahuas. Their breeding program I value much: they give much attention to the sound construction.

On June 24th 2000 I had the pleasure and honour to judge the Standard Poodles in the World Show in Milan. There was present very high quality Poodles in the blacks and whites. Excellent coats that were well trimmed. I was extremely happy later to see my BOB winner white Standard Poodle (a male bred in Finland) win the group and later become Res-BIS from 15.000 dogs entered. In the silver and apricot Poodles I found some nice speciments, but in general the coats were too soft and not elastic. For sure it was a great experience that gave me big emotions!!

Francesco Cochetti


Sacrofano (Roma), Italy
Tel. +39-06-9011 0224,
fax +39-06-9011 2408
Mobile +39-335-7557758


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