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Q. What do you think of Ferro and his son’s as far as breeding goes?
What do you think of V Fero vom Zeutener Himmelreich and his sons as far as breeding goes?

A. You will not find any Fero blood lines in my kennel. My personal opinion is that the Fero dogs are not breed worthy. Of course this is a personal opinion and this will be an unpopular opinion with all the people that own or breed Fero sons and grandsons.

People can say that Fero was bred to good and bad bitches. Not all of the puppies from these bad bitches are good enough to breed. This is a valid argument for most stud dogs. It is a bigger issue when you have a stud dog that is offered to outside bitches. I don’t breed my males to females I don’t own. In the case of Ferro it’s an excuse for so many crappy Ferro sons.

The fact is that Fero produces dogs with a lot of drive but he produces hectic drive. The Fero dogs that I have seen have a lot of nervous energy. They do not have a genetic full mouth grip and therefore will pass this hectic grip problem to puppies. A lot of the Fero dogs have fine bones and narrow heads. They also have weak nerves. Am I the only one who seems to see that dogs with fine heads and fine bones have weak nerves? I think not, Bernard Flinks mentioned this fact three weeks ago at a training seminar that I attended in New Mexico.

I am convinced that as time passes we will see that Fero is not a long term positive influence on the breed. He is certainly nothing compared to the old Busecker Schloss dogs that had great nerves and great grips. A number of years ago I bred one of my best females to a SchH 3 Fero son. I gave three of the puppies away for free. The litter was total garbage. This female (a Teikerhook bitch) went on to be bred 4 times to my stud dog (Otis - a Mink son) and produced some of the best dogs I have ever produced.

So when people say that I am all wet behind the ears and that I should look at all the competition dogs from Fero I will counter by saying that we are talking about breeding here and when was the last time we saw a top competition dog that was also a top stud dog. I cannot remember one in the past 25 years. From what I have seen top sport dogs don't produce dogs with the correct strength and drives.
  
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