Groenendael foundation dam|
Nicolas Rose traveled from the Chateau Groenendael to La Hulpe, to Mr. DeBeek (breeder and first owner of Petite) in a dog cart, accompanied by 2 or 3 dogs (and those pulling the cart, one would imagine). He bought Petite for 50 francs. Petite was born in 1889, and assumed purchased by Nicolas Rose in 1892.
Petite's sire was Marquis. He was owned by Mr. and Mr. Georges, father and son, who were custom agents guarding the roads (lots of smuggling, mostly of cigarettes from France at that time).
The father of Marquis was Duc of unknown origins. Duc guarded sheep and was owned by M. De Mulder, a butcher.
The dam of Marquis was black with a full tail.
May 1-2, 1892 - The first special Belgian Shepherd Dog show took place on 1 and 2 May 1892, in the vast premises of the slaughterhouse of Cureghem near Brussels. It was jointly organized by the "Club du Chien de Berger Belge" and the "Collie Club Belge". The jury was composed of Maurice Charles, Adlophe Reul and Louis Vander Snicket. The report of this show unfortunately gives no details of the dogs presented, except for the winners.
This first show if 1892, which brought together 28 male and 12 female long-haired, of which there were respectively 5 and 2 black haired. The black color was therefore, in the beginning, in the minority. In females, the first prize was awarded to Petite, a black dog of three years old, belonging to Nicholas Rose of Groenendael.
The BSD 125yrs of Illustrated History p16
by Jean-Marie Vanbutsele
May 1, 1893 - The birth of the first 'de Groenendael' litter from the black foundation couple of Picard d'Uccle and Petite.
Petite had been bred to her sire, Marquis, in 1891, producing "3 good puppies". One, named Baronne, was owned by Mr. Horst, who showed her without success. "She is not to be confused with Baronne, born May 1, 1893 by Picard d'Uccle x Petite." states the Vander Snickt article. Another Marquis x Petite offspring was named Bebette, also with black long hair. The third Mr. Vander Snickt did not know.........
(Chasse et Peche article dated April 10, 1898, written by Louis Vander Snickt)
We learn of the death of Petite and her daughter Bella, two female Berger Belges of premier quality, shot dead last Sunday in the Soignes Forest. Both belonged to Mr. Rose of "Groenendael". Petite having been an excellent reproducer and the dam of Duc (de Groenendael), 1st prize special at the CCBB show.
(December 9, 1894 "Chasse et Peche" announcement)