|Our current residence "La Pietraia"
was originally an old house built in 1724 in the "Valgraziosa" at the foothills
of the Monte Pisano, near the ancient medieval village of Calci. A considerable amount of
construction and restoration was necessary to create the original structure of the
farmhouse. The town of the Calci is well known for its very fine olive oil, its evocative
panorama and the "Certosa abbey" built in 1366 and now residence of the National
Museum of Natural History. We are surrounded by greenery and olive trees between mountains
and the sea (only 25 Krn far) and we are located in one of the loveliest areas of Tuscany
and only 9 Km from the leaning tower of Pisa.
|Our first Great Pyrenean Dog (1987)
was Theodore della Contea, who was a trusting guard dog and good company for our daughters
that at the time were little girls.
As time went by, we became more attached to this breed and in 1989 we increased the family
with the male Zaffiro del Gallo Nero and the female Fanny di Val d'Ayas. We
certainly could not imagine that this experience would have brought us to new horizons of
pleasures and satisfaction throught the years. In 1991 Fanny and Zaffiro gave us our first
litter. Our Zaffiro was powerful (81 cm. Withers) but still mantained a perfect gait and
the elegance of movements of a real Great Pyrenean Dog. At 17 months of age he was awarded
the title of G.P.E. (the 1st Italian male of this breed to obtain this title) and a month
later he attained the prestigious award of Vice European Champion. At 28 months he
became International Champion, at 30 months Italian Champion and at 34 months Principato
di Monaco Champion: a truly glorious
and unheard career for this breed in Italy. From his first litter of nine, we retained
three females which lately became outstanding multi-Champions. On September 1992, our
Zaffiro, barely over 40 months old died suddendly in consequence of an acute peritonitis.
He left four litters with four different females. Of the offsprings that he sired, all
have received the qualification of "Excellent" and five of them have became
Multi-Champion. Zaffiro, after death, was awarded the title of Reproducing Champion. The
loss of our belonged dog was so traumatic that we considered discountinuing our activities
as breeders. In time, the realization of the potential of three Zaffiro's daughters,
Ainee, Ariege and Azy besides the still deep love for our lost dog, gave us the impetus to
once again start the rings. The discendents of Zaffiro and Fanny have now reaced the fifth
generation and their bloodline can still be found in many promising young italian Great
Pyrenean Dogs and abroad. The above mentioned dogs crossed with the French bloodline of
the Multi-Champion Hisard du Comte de Foix (born in 1992) that arrived puppy in Italy and
of the Multi Champion Gabre du Comtè de Foix (born in 1991) imported by our kennel as a
puppy from one of the most prestigious and awarded French kennel, started our bloodline
named "Di Lungomonte". These splendid dogs, elegant and of high distinction,
calm, never invasive, thoughtful but never totally submissive to anybody, are strong,
proud and courageus. They admire and respect the people who treat as one's equal. Being
close to them is a daily joy. We are proud and very attached to them.
Only those who show the same qualification that we have for our splendid breed, would be
allowed to obtain one of our precious puppies.