photo 1993 Belgian Annual p55|
1963 exported from Belgium to US (Diadem)
First Malinois registered with AKC as a Belgian Malinois
rather than a Belgian Sheepdog
1966 CDX, first Malinois to earn CDX
In 1963, four years after the AKC decision to divide the Belgian dogs into breeds, an American amateur imported the intensely inbred bitch, La Desiree Diadem Regio Semine. BBA p125
Thirty-one years ago, the first dog registered as a Belgian Malinois arrived in the United States. Since that time, many Malinois have come and gone, but few have earned their niche in history as she did. Ladesiree Diadem Regio Semine CDX should be remember as more than the first dog registered as a Belgian Malinois in America, for she was a living example of the reasons for the breed's reputation. she was highly intelligent, and on October 8, 1966, became the first CDX dog for the breed - always with high scores. She produced nine puppies, six of which went on to become champions, one of which became the breed's first champion in America and the foundation bitch for Diadem Malinois.
It has been 25 years since her untimely death on January 14, 1968 - shortly after her fifth birthday. The loss of this fine dog came as a terrible blow to the family that loved her and to the admirers of our breed who had expected so many more achievements for her. She left behind six beautiful champions to carry on for her, but our loss, as Malinois lovers, was no less felt. She will never be forgotten; the "First Lady" of the Belgian Malinois. (notes by D J Sprague) 1993 Belgian Annual p54