Ferry v. Rauhfelsen of Giralda

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ch. Ferry v. Rauhfelsen of Giralda
Other name(s) Ferry
Species Canis lupus familiaris
Breed Doberman Pinscher
Sex Male
Born 9 January 1937
Died 1943
Occupation Show dog
Title Best In Show at the
Westminster Dog Show
Term 1939
Predecessor Daro of Maridor (English Setter)
Successor Ch. My Own Brucie (American Cocker Spaniel)
Owner Willi Rothfuss
Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge
Harold Duffy
Parent(s) Ch. Jessy v. Sonnenhoehe (sire)
Ch. Troll v. Englesberg (dam)
Offspring Ch. Rancho Dobe's Storm (grandson)

Ch. Ferry v. Rauhfelsen of Giralda (9 January, 1937 – 1943) also known as Ferry, a Doberman Pinscher, best known for being Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in both 1939 while owned by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge. He was the grandfather of two-time champion, Rancho Dobe's Storm.

Early life[edit]

Ferry was born in Germany on 9 January, 1937 to dam Ch. Jessy v. Sonnenhoehe, a German dog, and sire Ch. Troll v. Englesberg, an American and Canadian champion.[1] His dam is described by the Doberman Pinscher Club of America (DPCA) as the most important dam of her time, with around 80% of dogs polled at a DPCA Show in the 1940s being related to her.[2] Willi Rothfuss was his breeder and original owner.[3] He won the male class of a Doberman only show in 1938, a title of Dobermann Verein Sieger (DVS), at the same show his sister Freya won the female class.[1] Although he was entered in that show, he was mainly kept as a pet.[4]

US Show history[edit]

Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge was looking for a dog to win the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show,[1] to repeat her 1932 success.[5] Her dog handler, McClure Halley, was sent to Europe to find the best dog he could, and returned with Ferry to Dodge's surprise as she was not expecting a Doberman Pinscher.[1]

He arrived in the USA just before the 1939 Westminster show and was promptly entered in it.[1] He won his breed, and the Working Group, qualifying him for the Best in Show round where he faced an Cocker Spaniel, a Beagle, a Smooth Fox Terrier, a Yorkshire Terrier and a Standard Poodle.[6] He won the title, and went on to win a further twelve Best in Shows out of the thirteen shows he entered whilst in Dodge's ownership.[1] These wins included the International Kennel Club of Chicago Dog Show,[7] and the Rochester Kennel Club show.[8] He was not entered in Westminster in the following year.[9] Issues with Ferry's temperament were noted, and reported his Westminster Best in Show judge could not touch him.[1] His second place showing was at the Chicago show in 1940, being beaten by the English Setter Maro of Maridor in the Best in Show round.[10]

Dodge announced Ferry's retirement and sold him to L. R. "Jim" Randle, from San Francisco, to replace his dog Ch. Jockel v Burgund. He was given to handler Russell Zimmerman to show him in conformation shows throughout the Western United States. When Zimmerman was unavailable, Ben Brown would handle him. Reportedly Ferry attempted to intimidate Brown by charging at him when he let him out of the crate on the first occasion. After shutting the crate door in Ferry's face three times, he and Brown became good friends and Brown described him as one of the best dogs he ever handled.[1]

Ferry changed handlers on several more occasions until he was in the hands of Harold Duffy. He was found in Duffy's kennels dead at the age of six and a half, a necropsy reported that he had been beaten to death.[1]


He was used at stud several times while in the Western United States, producing litters for several kennels. One such Kennel was Rancho Dobe, and Ferry's grandson Ch. Rancho Dobe's Storm went on to win Best in Show twice at the Westminster Show,[1] one of only eight dogs to have done so.[11]


Luz v. Rödeltal
Ch. Muck v. Brunia
Hella v.d. Winterburg
Ch. Sgr Troll v. Englesberg
DV Sgr Artus v.d. Thumshöhe
Adda v. Heek
Algunde v. Bülow
Ch. Ferry v. Rauhfelsen of Giralda
Sgr Helios v. Siegestor
Ch. Cherloc v. Rauhfelsen
Prinzess v. Simmenau
Ch. Sgrn Jessy v. Sonnenhoehe, TD
Ch Dewald v. Ludwigsburg
Alice v.d. Sonnenhöhe
Asta II v.d. Sonnenhöhe


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Ferry v Rauhfelsen (of Giralda)". American Doberman Pinscher Educational Foundation. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  2. ^ Homer, Colby. "Standard Size: The Whys". Doberman Pinscher Club of America. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Frank Grover on Ch. Berman Brier". American Doberman Pinscher Educational Foundation. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Dodge Doberman Best at Chicago". The New York Times. 3 April 1939. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Sport: Remarkable Markable". Time. 22 February 1932. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Group Records". Westminster Kennel Club. Archived from the original on 14 October 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Best in Show Record" (PDF). The International Kennel Club of Chicago. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Giralda Doberman Best at Rochester". The New York Times. 2 March 1939. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Brucie is New Dog Champion" (PDF). The Poughkeepsie Eagle-News. 15 February 1940. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Maro of Maridor Best in Dog Show". The New York Times. 1 April 1940.
  11. ^ "Best in Show Winners". Westminster Kennel Club. Retrieved 5 January 2012.

External links[edit]