Renaissance Basset Hounds | Corey Rigoni

Renaissance Basset Hounds | Corey Rigoni

 

Interview with Hound Group Breeder Corey Rigoni – Renaissance Basset Hounds

 

Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?

Corey Rigoni: I live in Parma, Michigan, between Detroit and Chicago. I’ve had dogs of varying breeds and mixes my entire life, including Basset Hounds as pets before getting the “dog show bug” in 1994 when I bred my first litter.

What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?

Corey Rigoni: My three apprentices (Michael Meckler, Novia Staviski, and Holly Hook) and I have all bred and shown under the “Renaissance” prefix. I have about 12 dogs at the house, with many more parked on sofas with my wonderful group of owners, as well as with the apprentices, where the dogs can move in and out of the show and breeding program and still be family pets.

Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?

Corey Rigoni: I was fortunate to co-own CH. Stoneybluff Montgomery with the legendary Virginia Kovalic, and I got my first taste of what campaigning was like—and its demands, financially and otherwise. In the early years of Renaissance, we focused on building an ethical breeding and showing program based on the guidance and foundations of Stoneybluff and LynMar (Margaret Walton), first with GCH Renaissance Flying Fortress, and now with GCHB Renaissance Versailles and our up-and-coming dog, CH Renaissance Golden Emperor. We didn’t campaign back then as we do now.

Renaissance Basset Hounds
Renaissance Basset Hounds

Which have been my most influential sires and dams?

Corey Rigoni: Renaissance was built on the Stoneybluff and LynMar lines and on type—athletic, field-functional Bassets. The words “elegant” and “Basset” are not mutually exclusive. Stoneybluff Vertigo ROM was my foundation bitch, and CH Hobnail Stoneybluff Beecham was my foundation sire as he carried a pedigree made up of LynMar legen