photo L'Historique du Berger Belge Georges van Ceulebroeck p505|
Destined for the breed ring, and had been educated in order to dull his violent character; but, many of his descendants, in the hands of 'trainers', had to be killed after having attacked their owners or the owner's parents (or relatives).
A son of Fram, he inherited from his father an aggressive character: a well build dog, a breed winner. His education had been particularly looked after, primarily to avert his aggressivness through obedience training. BBA p26
This kennel, guided by seriousness and competence, was thus in full flight and success at the moment of the 1939 war.
Sadly the 1940-1945 period was as hard for Ecaillon as it was for other breeders. The great winners Gladiateur, Glaneur, Ideal and Ivan de l'Ecaillon vanished, as well as some bitches. The kennel kept Nervian de l'Ecaillon. He carried all its hopes because he was then considered the most successful Malinois in all Ecaillon production. BBA p57
Seizures are but one of several undesirable genetic traits. FE Verbanck, on p26, describes the genetic transmission of aggressive behaviour from Fram de l'Ecaillon, to his son Ideal de l'Ecaillon, to his grandson, Matelot. (Verbanck owned Ecaillon) Mme Aubry on p92 discusses the sadly aggressive behavior of Caprice du Clos St Clair, the Tervuren great grandson of Matelot. BBA p150