Originally Posted by Saint Francis
I'm just paraphrasing from Stratton, but it sounded like Heinzl was trying to offer Tudor a "good" bulldog, but Tudor had faith in Dibo (Dumbo as named by previous owner) and took a shine to him. Tudor was known for his eye of talent.
Dibo was heavy Corvino, from Shorty and Gimp.
A lot of Irish blood, very little if any Colby. I have the ADBA Pedigree (800-95) of him in front of me.
Many consider the Dibo dogs to be Feeley dogs.
As for Feeley, he was one of the best ever handlers/conditioners, an expert at matching dogs.
As Dick states: "Feeley put together a family of dogs he had imported from Ireland who were of the famed Old Family bloodlines."
It was said the Feeley dogs were intact up until the time of the Korean War.
I know many that disliked the Heinzel dogs, but it should be known Howard didn't breed Dibo.
Dibo was actually bred by an amateur named Smith. Heinzl acquired Dibo through a trade.
You know St. Francis, as do I, that we have dogs down from the Feeley era, that can trace back to the original Old Family Reds,
dogs off of Corcoran, Shipley, Bruce, etc.
Feeley is perhaps one of my all time favorite dogmen....