Situated in Normandy, the Garde Noire kennel remained active for ony a few years just after the war, and did not have any lasting influence in the Groenendael variety. Its fame comes from having produced in two litters from the same Groenendael parents, Samy du Mordant and Ura du Chemin des Dames, the two fawn studs, Willy and Witan de la Garde Noire, which enabled the renaissance and the extraordinary resurgence of the Tervuren in France at the beginning of the 1950's.|
In 1946 Ura du Chemin des Dames entered the kennel at weaning. She was a well-typed bitch, with a typical head and small ears. A little slight in her youth, she later filled out. She was seldom shown and very quickly began breeding.
At two years of age she gave two litters in the same year, both by Samy. In the first litter 2 fawns were born in a black litter; one was Willy de la Garde Noire, the incontestable champion of the variety. All trace of the other was unfortunately lost. Although he appeared promising as a puppy, he was bought by some individuals who never again showed a sign of life. Six months later, the same union bore another fawn, Witan de la Garde Noire, who was not as valuable as his brother, but who was however, far from being negligible. BBA p87