Groenendael foundation dam|
Nicolas Rose traveled from the Chateau Groenendael to La Hulpe, to Mr. DeBeek (breeder and first owner of Petite) in a dog cart, accompanied by 2 or 3 dogs (and those pulling the cart, one would imagine). He bought Petite for 50 francs. Petite was born in 1889, and assumed purchased by Nicolas Rose in 1892.
Petite's sire was Marquis. He was owned by Mr. and Mr. Georges, father and son, who were custom agents guarding the roads (lots of smuggling, mostly of cigarettes from France at that time).
The father of Marquis was Duc of unknown origins. Duc guarded sheep and was owned by M. De Mulder, a butcher.
The dam of Marquis was black with a full tail.
May 1, 1893 - The birth of the first 'de Groenendael' litter from the black foundation couple of Picard d'Uccle and Petite. BBA p8
Petite had been bred to her sire, Marquis, in 1891, producing "3 good puppies". One, named Baronne, was owned by Mr. Horst, who showed her without success. "She is not to be confused with Baronne, born May 1, 1893 by Picard d'Uccle x Petite." states the Vander Snickt article. Another Marquis x Petite offspring was named Bebette, also with black long hair. The third Mr. Vander Snickt did not know.........
(Chasse et Peche article dated April 10, 1898, written by Louis Vander Snickt)
We learn of the death of Petite and her daughter Bella, two female Berger Belges of premier quality, shot dead last Sunday in the Soignes Forest. Both belonged to Mr. Rose of "Groenendael". Petite having been an excellent reproducer and the dam of Duc (de Groenendael), 1st prize special at the CCBB show.
(December 9, 1894 "Chasse et Peche" announcement)