Indo des Forges Monceux
1959 exported from Belgium to UK (Chimay)|
Indo & Inkasa des Forges Monceux were the first Groenendael shown at 1960 Crufts.
The present stock of Groenendaels in our country (GB) really starts from a pair brought here in 1959 by a syndicate headed by Mr Irvine. Mrs O'Shea and Mrs Webberley were also part of the syndicate. The two imports were Indo and Inkasa des Forges Monceux both bred by the late Mlle Remant. From these two came two litters, one in 1960 and one in 1962.
The BS by Andrews & Cloutt
The original importation and leading influence of the breed in the UK. His last notable success prior to his retirement from the showing at 9 1/2 years was BAB at Birmingham City 1968. Generally acclaimed the outstanding dog in the Breed.
1969 Crufts ad p516
I was first told about the Belgian Shepherd by Mr Eric Irvine with whom I used to train Border Collies for Obedience competition work in the 1950's. Mr Irvine had worked with Belgian Shepherds in the Army Dog School and had found them good for training and working. Together with various other enthusiasts Mr Irvine and myself contributed to a fund to import two Groenendaels. When we had saved enough money, a Groenendael male Indo des Forges Monceux and a Groenendael female Inkasa des Forges Monceux were purchased and imported into the UK. These two were bred by Madam Remant.
The origin of my affix Zellik is derived from the name of a small village not far from where we imported Indo & Inkasa (our first two Belgians). (Ann O'Shea) 1993 YB p251-252
Around 1930, Mrs Grant-Forbes introduced the Groenendael to this (UK) country, mainly for working purposes, with a deal of success. Mrs Grant-Forbes did not, however, carry out a breeding programme, and after but one litter traces of these earliest imports disappeared.
More recently the most significant step in our breed in this country was that of the syndicate set up by Eric Irvine and Ann O'Shea (joint affix of CHIMAY, not to be confused with the identical present day affix which is nothing to do with the original).
This syndicate imported several specimens, mainly from Belgium. The first of these imports came in 1959 and were the pair from the Forges Monceux kennel, Indo & Inkasa des Forges Monceux.
This original pair had two litters, starting the now famous ZELLIK kennel. The Groenendael had truly arrived.
(Jacky MacAndie) 1995 YB p204
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