Iosono Cirneco dell’Etna & Italian Sighthound

Cirneco dell’Etnas since 1997 & Italian Sighthounds since 1999

We are daughter Inka Forss and mother Erja Luomanmäki from Helsinki, Finland. The journey with the Cirneco dell’Etnas started in 1997 and the Italian Sighthounds became a part of our lives two years later, in 1999. We acquired our affix ”Iosono” in 2000. Iosono is Italian and it means ”I am” (io=I, sono=am) in English. Our first Cirneco dell’Etna litter was born 2000 and the first Italian Greyhound litter in 2007. We have bred 24 Cirneco litters and 11 Italian Greyhound litters.

The first dog of Inka’s, the Cirneco dell’Etna Bambi (1997-2012), was imported from Italy. Bambi became Multi Champion and the foundation bitch of the Iosono Cirneco dell’Etnas. Bambi’s influence in breeding can be seen in Cirneco population around the world – especially in Finland but also in the US. Bambi had two litters, the first one was born in 2000 by Felix del Gelso Bianco and the second one in 2001 by the famous Totò. We are eternally grateful for Bambi’s breeders Domenico Tricomi and Jane Moore (Hadranensis) for being our mentors and good friends during these years. Due to a small genepole in both breeds we have imported dogs from Italy, UK, Belgium, Sweden, France and Russia. We have often travelled abroad for matings in order to maintain the correct breed type and temperament.

The first Italian Greyhound of ours was from well-known Necku kennel by respected Teija Urpelainen: FI CH (+ three lure coursing certificates) Necku C’est Cela (1999-2003). Necku C’est Cela became the mother of our foundation bitch: World Winner, Specialty BIS Winner, Finnish Champion Necku Iosono Vicenza (2003-2017). Vicenza’s daughter FI CH Iosono Fiamma (sired by Movado Ric Rosso) continued the bloodline and currently all Italian Greyhounds born at us descend from this bloodline.

All our dogs are dear family members and we tend to keep only a couple of dogs at home. Most of our dogs are co-owned and they live with their own families.

Our dogs have been highly awarded in all breed level. We placed 6th in Top Breeder of the Year (all breeds) in Finland 2019 and 12th in 2018. We have bred or owned Top Winning Cirnecos in Finland 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Our dogs have achieved World and European Winner titles and many other Champion or winner titles, group wins or placements.

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Iosono Cirneco dell’Etna
Inka Forss & Erja Luomanmäki
located in Helsinki, Finland