photo (top) left to right: Xala du Clos St Clair, Unica, Unique & Willy de la Garde Noire|
The Kennel of du Clos Saint Clair was established in 1945. This Kennel was famous for it's breeding of Quality Tervueren. Breeder: M. G. Fontaine, France.
The BSD & It's History 1989 3rd ed by Erna Bossi p70
photo (bottom) France, known as the stronghold of the Tervueren, had at one time a dog which later became the greatest Sieger of the long-haired variety.
It was Willi [Willy] de la Garde Noire, from Groenendael parents: Ura du Chemin des Dames and Samy du Mordant. He was sire to Ami-Furax Caprice du Clos St Claire and Djim de la Dune aux Loups. The twice Int. Champion Kama du Clos St Jacques and Grillon de la Dune aux Loups were his great-grandsons.
Willi [Willy] embodied the best type and conformed in the highest degree to the standard.
The BSD & It's History 1989 3rd ed by Erna Bossi p22
1948 birth of the pale fawn, Willy and his brother, Witan, from two Groenendael parents. The beginning of the Tervuren 'Renaissance'.
He was of medium size, very square, he was perfectly built with connected and harmonious lines. He was very distinguised with a well-chiseled, medium head, and small typey ears. Overall his appearance was just strong enough for a male, and yet very elegant. His coat, excellently textured, could have been warmer and his mask was minimal. He was the first Tervuren to compete equally with the best Groenendael. He won a large number of CACIB's in France (at the 1950, 1953 and 1954 Paris shows) as well as in Belgium, and he proved himself to be a remarkable stud. The Clos St Clair kennel shone during the time of his direct offspring, and more than 90% of today's subjects, qualifing as excellent, find him in their pedigrees. BBA p89
sire Groenendael Samy du Mordant LOF 1555
dam Groenendael Ura du Chemin des Dames LOF 2109