Interview with Jeannie Love, Breeder of Amore’ Italian Greyhounds
I got my first IG in 1987 and bred my first litter in 1989. Initially, I wasn’t interested in showing but my mentor talked me into it and that was 32 years ago. My current show girl is Number 9 in the US.
Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
Jeannie Love: I live in Hawthorne, California. I’ve had Italian Greyhounds for 37 years and have been breeding for about 35 years.
What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?
Jeannie Love: Amore’ Italian Greyhounds is my kennel name. I currently have seven IGs.
Which have been my most influential sires and dams?
Jeannie Love: My most influential sire was Ch. Amore’s Rebel Without a Cause; my most influential dam was Ch. Amore’s Til the End of Time. I currently co-own a lovely Canadian boy, Ch. Diavolino’s Lost in the Moment, who is producing wonderful get. Four of his get had nice wins at the Woofstock cluster in 2022. He is Red Velvet’s sire.
What are some of the unique challenges to breeding a Toy Breed?
Jeannie Love: Finding good homes is a challenge. I never breed a litter unless I have an extensive wait list.
Do I have specific regimens for feeding, immunizations, health & wellness?
Jeannie Love: I use a spreadsheet to keep track of when vaccines or medications or health checkups are due. My feeding regimen is that I feed twice a day, using a high-grade kibble mixed with raw beef or chicken.
Are there specific challenges inherent to traveling with a Toy Breed? Any tips I can share?
Jeannie Love: Actually, traveling with a Toy Breed is very easy. I use pee pads in the motel bathroom and a carry-on Sherpa for the plane ride.
Is my breed suitable as a Performance competitor? Are there any advantages? Any disadvantages?
Is there reason to be optimistic about my breed’s future? Any words of caution?
Jeannie Love: Yes, we have some very talented Juniors coming up.
Do I feel that my breed is supported by a sufficient number of preservation breeders?
Jeannie Love: Yes, but unfortunately, many long-time breeders are deciding to stop breeding. The cost is becoming a big issue.
Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?
Jeannie Love: Noteworthy winners include GCh. Diavolino Amore’ Sugar Cookie (her mother, Canadian/American Grand champion Diavolino’s Own the Moment, was Best of Winners at the 2009 IGCA National). Daughter Cookie was Best of Winners at the 2019 IGCA National, and her daughter, GCHB Amore’s Red Velvet, was just awarded Select Bitch at the 2022 National. That’s three generations of National winners.
How is showing a Toy Breed different than showing breeds from the other Groups?
Jeannie Love: Unfortunately, IGs are usually scheduled at 8 or 9 in the morning. It’s too cold for skinny, short-haired dogs that early and they don’t show well in the cold.
For a bit of fun, what’s the most amusing thing I’ve ever experienced with one of your Toy Dogs?
Jeannie Love: Several years ago, I packed up the car and drove an hour to the show venue. When I unpacked the car to go ringside, there was no dog in the crate. I forgot to put my girl in her crate; left her safe and warm at home. I still laugh when I remember that.
Are you looking for an Italian Greyhound puppy?
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