(above is a young Ruffian. And yes, that saddle on his back is merle, which darkened in time to appear nearly black.)
(BMW Ouzo x BMW Flamingo von Riverwood)
His personality was as magnificent as his looks.
Father of Ruffian:
Yup - those are white feet and white chest. Ouzo was a great producer - and he was the father of an incredible litter when bred to BMW Vanilla (a white)
BMW Ouzo was out of BMW Gengis Kahn and BMW Licorice.
Ouzo's maternal grandfather was CH Dinro Goliath (fawn) (who was bred to BMW Yamila, harl, by the way, not BMW Vanilla - as is stated on the pedigree database on the net.)
(above, CH Dinro Goliath -grandsire of Ouzo)
(above, BMW Yamila - granddam of BMW Ouzo)
Ouzo's great-grandmother was Village Squire's Zara who was the result of a father/daughter breeding: Bill Miller's Village Squire & Biche D'Zagreb.
Some Danes in the pedigree of Ouzo:CH Riverwood's Regal Siegfried
CH Dinro's Neshobe Chief
CH Dinro's Lucky Charm
CH Honey Hollow Stormi Rudio
CH I.W. Harper vd Stadt Hamburg
CH Rux-Conny v St. Magn-Obertraubling
CH Kalandus v St. Magn-Obertraubling
CH Wodka vd Stadt Hamburg
CH Dinro Taboo Again
CH Dinro Taboo
Domino's Apollo of Hildydane
CH Hans E Ponce Von Hildydane
CH Ulf Von Schloss Dellwig
Mother of Ruffian:
BMW Flamingo von Riverwood
(Riverwood's Mannix x NJ's Grushenka von Riverwood)
(above, BMW Flamingo von Riverwood. "Minga" was an absolute tank and there is no doubt that she was where Ruffian got his great size; but when combined with Ouzo's elegance the result was an absolutely incredible Dane - combining the very best of each parent and excelling both.)
Some Danes in the pedigree of Flamingo:
B & W Mia of BromorcCH Kant Vom Emmenhof
Domino's Apollo of Hildydane
CH Riverwood's Regal Siegfried
Progeny of Ruffian:
Ruffian was bred numerous times to his exquisite half-sister CH BMW Fantasia and produced a huge number of offspring including CH BMW Bull Lea, CH BMW Impeccable, CH BMW Confetti, and CH BMW Ruffia, CH BMW Freya v Ringtop - and many other breathtaking BMW Danes.
Ruffian was bred to BMW Dansekin (his half-sister) and produced CH Rockbridge BMW Rachel.
Ruffian was bred to CH BMW Prima Donna (his half-sister) and produced CH BMW Joan D'Arc, CH BMW Jeanne D'Arc, CH BMW Talisman, BMW Serenity, BMW Kenyon Chase
Ruffian was bred to BMW Penumbra and produced CH BMW Calypso.
Ruffian was bred to Sounda's Curtain Call and produced CH Dinro Sounda's Nijinski, CH Dinro Sounda's Good Luck Charm.
Ruffian was bred to BMW Windrose Kalyan (his granddaughter) and produced CH BMW WIndrose Winning Colors.
and Ruffian's offspring number many many more.
The breedings of Ouzo to Vanilla, and Ouzo to Flamingo, exemplifies what "complimentary breeding" is all about.
The breeder is able to take superlative qualities in one dog and use them to compliment another dog who also has superlative qualities ....resulting in incredible offspring - which outshine both parents.
Time and again I've seen breeders overlook superlative dogs because those dogs had faults, in order to breed their dogs to "fault free" but mediocre dogs. And mediocre bred to mediocre does NOT result in great dogs....you'll be lucky if they result in even mediocre dogs - perhaps almost as good as their parents, but often not even as good.
"Superlative qualities" make up the dog that is the "Great Dane" - you can't breed "knock your socks off" Great Danes without it.
It takes an eye (and the knowledge not to dismiss a dog because of his faults) and the experience to use that dog to carry on his superlative traits and diminish his faults - by breeding in a "complimentary fashion."
**Danes in RED have their own "Danes of Special Note" page.