RE, Am & UKC BISS, UKC GRCH, Am, Lux & Mon CH
Gourou du Crepuscule des Loups
CAC, CACIB, HCT
photo (bottom) Le Chien de Berger Belge Dr Yves Surget pE23|
exported from France to US (Winjammer)
First UKC Belgian Shepherd Grand Champion
1997 Best of Breed UBSDA National Specialty
A very nice male! Small but very well built. 1993.04.18/Nice/Ouvert/Mme Deygas/1. Exc, CAC, CACIB
Gourou was bred and is owned by Philippe Suter of the well-known "Crepuscule des Loups" kennel in France. He is the culmination of many years of the best French breeding, based in large part on the world famous "Bois du Tot" kennels of the late Dr. Yves Surget. Gourou has been in the US for the past year, and while he has recently made a return to his native land, in the Spring of 1998, he will make is permanent home in Michigan with Pat Morgan of Winjiammer Belgians. Aside from showing him in conformation, Ms. Morgan is also training him in herding.
His show career has been outstanding. While in the Open class, he earned three third place awards at the French National Specialty. These classes average entries in the 90s. Since attaining his Monacan Championship, Gourou has competed in the Champions class at the French National, where in 1997, he was awarded Best Tervuren Champion.
He has also won Best of Breed at the Spanish National Specialty and competed in other European countries with positive results.
In the US, he became a UKC champion in four shows and quickly went on to become the first Grand Champion Belgian Shepherd Dog (Sept. 97). A week later, he went on to take Best of Breed at the UBSDA National Specialty under renowned French breeder judge Michel Griol. The entry was approximately 130.
Two weeks after that, Gourou earned his AKC Championship by going Winners Dog, Best of Winners and Best of Breed at the ABTC Regional Specialty in Maryland. The entry was approximately 100 and the judge was the well respected French breeder/judge Marie-Francoise Berton-Sarlat. Gourou finished with four majors, earned under Col. William Gish, as well as breeder judges L.E. Stanbridge and Sharon Redmer. Ms. Redmer awarded him Winners Dog, Best of Winners and Best of Opposite Sex at another ABTC Regional Specialty.
Gourou's hips are "A" rated in France -- the highest rating possible -- and Excellent by the Orthopedic Foundation or Animals. His elbows are normal. His eyes were CERF Clear in 1997.
His offspring in Europe are of very high quality, earning him the title of Elite Reproducer (R.E.). Of European dogs, he is the most consistent producer of scissors bites. His offspring tend to mature and grow slowly. He consistently throws beautiful, well-constructed puppies with great character!
(Sallyann Comstock, Sanroyale Belgians)
Courtesy of: dhuckestein