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The strong inbreeding combinations behind Quinn is no doubt responsible for the family prepotency. Quinn being inbred on Elisir and Elisir being inbred on the afore mentioned Aldo v. Ferrolheim. The Dutch breeder, Ferdinand Demonkoe, had bred Aldo from his outstanding German foundation bitch, Amanda v. Stifthub/1971 (Chico v. Forell x Hesta v. Ellendonk), a physically substantial bitch of truly excellent character. She virtually put Ferrolheim kennel on the map with her numerous champion and Sieger progeny, producing great bitches like DV Siegerin Gwendolyn v. Ferrolheim/1977 (by Jürgen v. Hagenstern) and impressive males like Bundessieger Keegan v. Ferrolheim/1979 (by Pinemeade's Independence).

NB: Ferrolheim's "A" litter was probably Amanda's best result with siblings Arram, Astrid-Amanda, Axel, Alma, Abbas and Armin v. Ferrolheim all exhibiting many superior qualities. They were tall, strong, deep-chested animals with with extremely robust characters. My husband felt Armin and Aldo were the two best in the litter, and said both had well above average characters and conformation. He felt Armin, with her more correct front and rear angulation, was the most typey and beautiful of all the siblings, but because of his size he was never awarded a Sieger title. Something that would not stand in his way today.

Being brown made many breeders reluctant to use Aldo, although he did leave some worthy progeny when given access to good bitches. Like when he was mated to Reserve (x 2) Bundessiegerin Zarina v. Norden Stamm/1976 (Guys Hilo v. Norden Stamm x Guys Heidi v. Norden Stamm, producing the Europa and DV Siegerin, Anna v. Allgäu/1979 for example.
Zarina v. Norden Stamm
Zarina v. Norden Stamm

Caienna di Villa Castelli
Caienna di Villa Castelli
Aldo's sturdy, masculine lines were particularly well suited to fit sleek, elegant bitches, like Zarina, and many of the Italian-bred females. One of the best examples was the Bundesjg.Siegerin, Champion and Reproductive Champion Caienna di Villa Castelli/1977 (Aldo x Rada del Verdiano) who was bred by Pierre Caliandro, a good friend of Gabrielle Prosperi of the Campovalano kennel.

NB: Caienna's mother, Rada, was sired by Droll die Piani di Praglia/1972 (Earl v. Forell x Anuska dei Piani di Pragilia). Bred by Dr. Mauricio Marchetti, Droll was a highly influential individual in developing the breed in Italy, so the continuing generational successes enjoyed by this family group has not come about piece-meal, or accidentally.

In Caienna Italy not only had another conformation champion, but also a "Reproduction" Champion of markedly superior type, quality and nobility. Caienna shared the beautiful head typical in her line, although she too could be faulted for light eyes, which (along with missing teeth) were amongst the negative features Elisir and Quinn threw in common. Through her son's dominent powers of hereditary transmission Caienna exterted an inordinate influence on Italian breeding and her place in their breed history is assured.

So not a fluke of fate, her grandson, the tall, elegant Quinn, was your consumate showman. He could be criticized for being too straight in front, a legacy of his mother, Tairy, and for having a croup that was slightly short and rolled, a legacy of his grandmother, Caienna. But he was an imposing dog in the sum of his parts all the same. Character-wise he had an enormous prey drive, and a useful portion of natural courage and protection instinct to support this. Something I can vouch for personally when I discovered you don't really know you're alive until you're bailed up in a dark hallway in the wee hours of the morning by a very angry 72 cm, 45 kilo Dobermann - paws on each shoulder, staring straight into your eyes.

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