Willy du Chemin des Dames
photo (right) le Berger Belge Vol2 by Mme J Aubry|
CACIB Paris 1955, he was kept by the kennel. He was certainly one of the most complete subjects the breed has known. He was a dog of great size and at 2 1/2yrs he united great strength with rare elegance. His head was long and well-chiseled. His ears were a little too long-and longer than average for this kennel's reproduction, but they were perfectly carried. His neck was set off to his advantage; his chest was very deep, and his coat was abundant.
Unfortunately he detested being touched by strangers, and this made him endure shows in horror. He protested in his fashion by showing very badly and thus losing some shows to his lessers-or more average competition. However, he won many CAC's and CACIB's and above all, he had a remarkable descendance which never showed his bad humor in their competitions.
He was rather sensitive to gunfire. On the other hand, he absolutely didn't have any fear of the baton (stick) and was an excellent defender of his mistress when he thought that the attack was real. He was only feebly interested in the "attack" in a trial, since he surmised that "it was all show", and he very clearly showed that he detested being taken for a fool.
Regardless of the bitch, he produced three clearly distinct types of temperaments:
1. The largest number of offspring were average dogs, who showed much better, did not fear contact and responded normally to training, without being flashy.
2. A very small number showed the same character traits as their father.
3. Another small number (2 or 3 in each litter) proved to be extraordinarily keen. They feared nothing and were absolutely indifferent to gunshot, even the sound of a machinegun. They became quite excited by the stick and became even sharper. Although they were gentle and affectionate with their masters, it was preferable not to be rowdy or disorderly around them. BBA p66&70
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