Tequila Mali del Citone was bred by the well known Italian
Dobermann judge and breeder Dr. Pierluigi Pezzano. For me
he proved with breeding Tequila that he was not only a great
dobermann expert (I already knew that he had a great knowledge
of the dobermann and we were always convinced that he was
one of the best dobermann judges in the Dobermann world) but
also a great breeder. Strictly speaking Tequila was an out-cross
but if you take a look at her pedigree you can see that Tequila
was built up carefully by her breeder by choosing the right
males each time for the bitches of his own "del Citone"
bloodlines. In other words, he knew exactly the faults of
his bitches and what they needed to improve. Breeding like
this is the hall mark of the true expert.
The bitch Cita, a daughter of Cito di Villa Castelli
was mated by male Elisir di Campovalano. an incestuous
product of Cito and Caienna di Villa Castelli. This
combination was strong inbreeding to the red male Aldo
v. Ferrolheim. Aido was strongly underrated in his homeland
by the Dutch breeders but appreciated by many Italian breders.
In Aido's bloodlines we find a strong influence of the v.Forell
blood (Rondo, Hella, Bonni and Chico v. Forell). Out of this
combination (Cita - Aido) came Bundessiegerin and Multi-Champion
Alfa del Citone. She was a very well built bitch with
a long head, good parallel head planes, a long reachy neck,
deep chest, strong bones, though a little bit long in the
back. She had a nice character but she needed more drive and
was a little bit too soft. Dr. P.Pezzano chose for this bitch
Ebo v.d. Groote Maat. A red male with a dominant character
tough but outgoing and extremely energetic. He was fearless
with a high degree of selfconfidence and protective instinct.
On the conformation side he was a short, strongly built male
showing a special harmony of body and mind, certainly the
right male for Alfa del Citone. Out of
that combination came Haina del Citone, a bitch with
a beautiful strong head, perfect shoulders, wonderful strong
bones, an enormous chest and a lot of substance. Again the
right male was found in the elegant Lucifer v. Roveline.
He brought style and Adel into the bloodline and also some
Hertog Alpha Ie Dobry blood. The result was called
Tequila Mali del Citone.
She dominated the Showring in 1992, 1993 and 1994. She was
best bitch at the German, Belgium and Italian Championship
Shows. She was IDC, DV and Bundessiegerin. She was a Multi-Champion
bitch and in 1994 she gained the World Champion title at Berne.
She had an excellent character and passed the Schutzhund 1
Test and the ZTP with lA Excellent. She never failed to charm,
impress and bedazzle an ever widening circle of admirers.
The only criticism I have heard was concerning her eye shape
and that was by her breeder Dr. P.Pezzano (as I have said
before great breeders know the faults of their own dogs.)
For the breed it is a catastrophe that she has had only two
litters. One in combination with Prinz v. Norden Stamm
and the other in combination with Holmrun Phabio of
Thank heavens that the first litter was a first class litter
with dobes like Arielle d'Amour and Alfa Adelante
del Citone. The bitch is a red incarnation of her mother
and without any doubt she will be as famous as her mother.
She has already won all the important Sieger titles, her Champion
titles and of course like her mother she became World Champion
in 1996 in Budapest. I really do hope that she will continue
her success in the whelping box. She is certainly a bitch
with great potential and while her mother Tequila is not able
to pass on any more through her genes I am sure that Arielle
d'Amour has such hereditary power that she will produce something
great for the breed in the future.
About the second litter I unfortunately cannot inform you
because I did not see any of those dogs till now.
In November 1996 Tequila was running along the perimeter
fence outside kennel. Too much excitement and agitation caused
a blood vessel to burst in her head. Within a few hours Tequila
was dead. It was the end of the Queen of the Ring.
In my book "A Pictorial History", I wrote about
her that to be able to breed such a wonderful animal is an
art, to possess her is a privilege and to see her is a vision
of heavens. If there is a heaven I am sure tbat Tequila Mali
is there and she is fascinating and charming the angels and
that from the moment she arrived I am sure God became a dobermann
I realize that this arlicle does not really do justice to
Gravin Wanda or Tequila
Mali or their families but it is submitted by way of a small
tribute to their individual contributions to the development
of the breed. All three bitches influenced the breed in their
own way and with their own qualities. Hopefully Dobermann
lovers will remember them sometimes. Dobermanns - never die
they just fade away.