photo 1965 Mar Popular Dogs p68|
Tervuren of the Month
1965 American Champion
1967 Canadian Champion
Canadian Group winner
Owner's comments: Joker was the first American born Tervuren to gain fame in the breed. He broke the ice for the rest of Tervdom by placing first in the working group before any other Tervuren on the Continent. He did this twice in Canada and had two other group placings while earning his Canadian championship there. He has many admirers, who love him for his gentle temperament (certainly gentle for a male Tervuren). For years he held the record for most BOB wins in competition. He was top winning Tervuren in the US for 1965; top winning Belgian Sheepdog in 1967 in Canada, winner of the Dog World Award for champs sired; BAR holder; was top producer (Kennel review system) in 1971; sire of more Ch UD Tervuren than any other male. Joker has sired 16 champs to date. A brother and sister, Javelin and Justa Flare, also helped Joker in gaining attention to the Amer-born. 1973 ABTC Gene VolI p11
Mated to Ch Katie de Fauve Charbonne at the age of twelve, Bill produced another BAR winner, Ch Joker of Georjune, the foundation stud of June Betsworth's Georjune Rancho in California. Joker acquired 58 BOB's in competition in this country as well as being the first Tervueren to win the group on this continent. He had two Group 1's in Canada in 1967 when he was top winning Belgian Sheepdog in that country. A Joker brother, Ch Javelin of Georjune, UD, became the first champion in the US to earn the UD title. Bill, therefore, had a pronounced impact on the breed in spite of limited use.
The BS by Andrews & Cloutt