photos Flap, alias Blackie and M Schoenmachers|
(Les Bergers Belges Philippe Wailly & Andre Varlet p52)
Flap was registered in the ALSH (Appendix of the Studdog book of Saint-Hubert) under the number 4479. This pedigree dating from October 22, 1957 does not give any information in relation with his ancestry. Only the month of birth (February 1956) and the owner’s name and address (A. Schoenmackers, Leuvensesteenweg 272 in Evere). Who was Flap? Who were his parents and his grandparents? The answer was found many years later by Mr Ghislain, former General Secretary of the “Belgian Kennel Club” (KCB) when he found the birth notification. Flap had been born on February 17, 1956 under the name of "Blackie" (LOB 72382) in the kennel "Van de Welkom" from J Struyf, who lived in Wommelgem near Anvers. It is worth remembering that the Saint-Hubert Royal Company (SRSH) does not accept pedigrees coming from other Belgian Federations and that the Belgian Kennel Club has never published the Stud Book except in the years 1934 to 1937.
He was a dog of average size, with a strong skeleton, well balanced, well proportioned, with a male expression, a sociable character, but in the contests with an extraordinary biting and a rare obedience. A well engraved head, dark eyes, well proportioned ears with the length of the head, well established, sharp glance, masked, good appearance on a compact body, well built, good whip, good limbs, beautiful angularities, and good feet. His color was the ideal color; dark fawn, with traces of overlay, good undercoat, and good texture, typically Belgian pace.
Flap took part in five exhibitions, from 1958 to 1962, at the "Great Prize of Belgium". He did his best performance in 1959 when he obtained the second place with 313,8 points. That same year, he obtained the prize of the Ministry of Agriculture awarded to the most beautiful dog. Belgiandogs.org
A workingdog legend: Flap alias Blackie van de Welkom LOB 72382 and ALSH 4479
(Snap van de Schransweg x Frida van de Olga Hoeve)
owner: Alfons Schoenmakers he took part by the great price of Belgiuim in Ring and was a very typical dog.
He was father of Leopar and Leobaro and the famous N-litter Grensstraat..Norban-Nerk-Nesi. (Anne Weitz-Heeland)