There are 3 major considerations in picking a stud dog: Pedigree, Performance, and Production. Let's look at Grady for a minute. His pedigree is awesome (Code Blue x Lean Mac lines), His performance increadible (high point Open dog, NAFC title, great points-per-start average as a Derby dog and as an All-age dog), and production, well, the proof is in the pudding (To date: 2012 NAFC, 2 High point Derby dogs, Multiple FC and AFC progeny, lots and lots of pups on the Derby list earning lots and lots of points). There are also some intangibles such as the fact that Grady overcame a very debilitating injury from a grass awn, which resulted in loosing lung tissue and ribs due to necrosis. Despite this he went on to qualify for more Nationals and win the National Am in 2011. He's as fun to hang out with in the house or at the lake as he was to watch run. A thoroughbred for sure, and quite a character. I had the pleasure to watch Grady progress from a young dog since I was leaving in NC at that time. I had planned on breeding to him well before he had a title because he's that impressive of an animal. In short, Grady could do things as a retriever on a regular basis that most dogs will never do. He's a very God blessed animal that thankfully can pass on his great traits. He is easily one of the best and most important stud dogs of his generation. In reference to the original post of this thread, my guess is the poster was simply misinformed. If anything, the majority of his offspring can be described as vey tractable. The reason Grady has been bred a lot goes back to Pedigree, Performance, and Production. Like Lean Mac, Grady has done a lot to improve the quality of dogs we have today. His impact on the breed and the sport will be appreciated for a long time!