About Us

Who we are

The JRT di Montefiore amateur breeding started its activity in 2000 in Castelnuovo di Porto in the countryside north of Rome. Since May 2008 Simonetta Del Frate and Gianni Carmignani have moved to Casale Buttafanga in the Orvieto countryside

It was 1995, Ombra was born, a sweet jackina that filled Simonetta’s life until one of her long journeys to the world someone who does not know what it means to share her life with a dog decided to break that friendship by stealing her Shadow. Simonetta did not give up and had her arrive from an English light farm. I remember her small and frightened by the long journey but then turned out to be a real Jack Russell, a great dignity, autonomy and courage. He never asked for anything during his life but was a great companion of our days. Unfortunately, in December 2007, Luce left us to go hunting in distant woods, even if there are wild boars, I’m sure they’ll have a lot of fun. I have always loved all the animals and at 18 I finally had my first dog all mine and since then I have had many, for many years I have had purebred and mestizo dogs to cheer up our life and then Maremmani, and Golden Retriever. I confess that I did not love small dogs but as a maximum expression of a stupid prejudice I nourished an instinctive antipathy even for the owners of small dogs. But I have to thank Luce that with his lively intelligence, his constant attention and insight along with his great dignified affection made me discover the Jack Russell. When Luce made her first puppies, I kept Cacho a male who was for many years my personal assistant, a sort of squire. And from there our passion for these wonderful dogs began. I studied and tried to learn all that there was to learn about the breed and then I left with my daughters Micol and Giulia for the Dorset, which with the neighboring Devon is the cradle of Russell Terrier. I had always heard of Eddie Chapman and had read everything he had written and done and decided to spend a few days in his kennel. I think I asked him very few questions but I remember following him every day from 6 in the morning until evening watching what and how he did it. I had always heard of Eddie Chapman and had read everything he had written and done and decided to spend a few days in his kennel. I think I asked him very few questions but I remember following him every day from 6 in the morning until evening watching what and how he did it. I had always heard of Eddie Chapman and had read everything he had written and done and decided to spend a few days in his kennel. I think I asked him very few questions but I remember following him every day from 6 in the morning until evening watching what and how he did it.

I think I learned a lot from him and I think he is not mythologizing when he is considered the “best”. I do not know if his dogs are the best, I like them, I do not know if Eddie is the best breeder of Russell Terrier but today after 55 years of breeding, 30 of which spent as Terrierman in the best Fox Hunting Clubs in the UK I think it is absolute who in the world knows them better.

 

I returned from the Dorset with 3 excellent puppies that Eddie naturally called Jack Russell but to the British Kennel were registered as Parson Russell Terrier and it took all my tenacity to get after a year of contact the original English pedigree from the British Kennel with 5 generations of great ascendants lineage. Otherwise, as often happens with the autograph pedigree of the English breeders when you arrive in Italy find out that they are not recognized by the ENCI and the FCI and a quality ROI dog (Original Breeds Register) to obtain an internationally recognized pedigree must be registered in the judgment for admission to the RSR finding itself then the progenitor of his bloodline without all his genetic history.

 

Today we continue with great love and passion the work of selection with the utmost attention to both morphological and character compatibility in couplings in an attempt to contribute to a qualitative development of the 2 breeds without losing their salient characteristics sought and reached by John Russell. My hope is that my daughter Giulia Carmignani, who nurtures a deep passion, decides one day to follow in her father’s footsteps in this fascinating “job”.