Piccino Italian Greyhounds




Sandy is a licenced judge for:
Group 1 (Toys)
Group 2 (Terriers)
Group 3 (Gundogs)
Group 4 (Hounds)
Group 7 (Non Sporting)


Group 1 (Toy) Judge
Group 7 (Non-Sporting) Judge

A judging highlight taken at Shenandoah Valley KC in America

I commenced showing and breeding purebred dogs in 1983 in my hometown of Adelaide, South Australia where I owned, bred and exhibited Dalmatians.

I was Secretary of the Dalmatian Club of South Australia from 1984 to 1992 and Editor of “The Spot Press”, a magazine devoted to the Dalmatian breed. I also served as a willing and dedicated Committee member for over 10 years.

In January 1999, after relocating from Adelaide to Sydney, New South Wales, I joined the Royal NSW Canine Council. Since then I have enjoyed the antics and companionship of the Italian Greyhound.

The Italian Greyhound is an enchanting breed and I have had many successes in the show ring under our kennel prefix, Piccino.
Highlights have included many All Breeds Best in Show awards, Specialty Best in Show awards and Royal Show Best in Group awards.

Piccino Italian Greyhounds was awarded 2006 & 2007 Italian Greyhound Show Kennel of the Year and is the home of three Grand Champion Italian Greyhounds. Piccino are also the breeder/owners of the 2007 Number 1 Italian Greyhound and the 2007 Number 1 Italian Greyhound Puppy in Australia.

Other notable achievements have included being invited to compete in the prestigious “Contest of Champions”, three times, the only Italian Greyhounds in Australia to achieve this honour and qualifying for the New South Wales Dog of The Year Finals many times.

Our dogs are consistent winners in the show ring and we am trying to improve the breed with our selective breeding programme including importing dogs from America.

Apart from my interest in exhibiting dogs, I am also “Chairman” of the Dogs NSW Complex Fundraising Committee and “Publicity Officer” and a dedicated committee member of Sutherland Shire All Breeds Kennel Club, which enables me to keep up to date with events in the canine world.

I am an Italian Greyhound breed specialist and an approved AKC Toy Group (Group 1) and Non Sporting Group (Group 7) Judge of the following breeds:

Toys (Group 1)
Affenpinscher, Australian Silky Terrier, Bichon Frise, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua (Long & Smooth Coat), Chinese Crested, English Toy Terrier, Griffon Bruxellois, Havanese, Italian Greyhound, Japanese Chin, King Charles Spaniel, Lowchen, Maltese, Miniature Pinscher, Papillon, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Pug, Tibetan Spaniel, Yorkshire Terrier.

Non-Sporting (Group 7)
Boston Terrier, British Bulldog, Canaan Dog, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, Eurasier, French Bulldog, German Spitz (Mittel & Klein), Great Dane, Japanese Spitz, Keeshond, Lhasa Apso, Peruvian Hairless Dog (Lge), Peruvian Hairless Dog (Med), Peruvian Hairless Dog (Sml), Poodle (Standard), Poodle (Miniature), Poodle (Toy), Schipperke, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Tibetan Terrier.

I have to date judged extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand and I have judged at The Kennel Club of Palm Springs, California, one of the prominent dog shows in USA with an entry of approximately 4,500 dogs per day.

Specialty Toy Shows judged:
Canberra Toy Dog Club
Newcastle Terrier & Toy Club
Toy Dog Club of South Australia
Chihuahua Club of NSW

International Toy Specialty Shows Judged:
Griffon Roving Specialty, Palms Springs, USA
Auckland Toy Dog Club

International All Breeds Shows Judged:
2007 Kennel Club of Palm Springs, USA
2009 Shenandoah Valley Kennel Club, USA