The history of the longhaired Dutch Shepherd Dog
By L.F. Triebels
Originally published in NHC Club magazines in 1979, translated in English by mrs. N. Nugteren-v.d. Hooven

Enough has been written about the history of the shorthaired and roughhaired Dutch Shepherd Dog to be able to have a good overview of the fortunes of these two varieties from the founding of the Dutch Shepherd Dog Club (Nederlandse Herdershonden Club, hereafter referred to as NHC) on June 12, 1898 until today. Detailed descriptions can be found in the book "Schepershonden van het Westeuropese vasteland" (Shepherd Dogs of the Western European Continent) (Founding, Development and Use) by D.W. van Brouwershaven, Dick M. Engel and C.A. Kruis, published by J. van Tuyl N.V., Zaltbommel-Antwerpen. These also contain a large number of pedigrees, so that it is possible to get a good insight in the ancestry of a number of well known -an important to the breed- short- and rough haired dogs. The longhaired variety -until now- lacked both an historic overview and an ancestry description. Then again, the history of the longhaired variety is not as interwoven with the history of the NHC, at least much less than is the case with the short- and roughhaireds. That is why I deemed it prudent to describe this history, even more so because many current owners and breeders of the longhaireds have not personally witnessed the recent history of their variety. When writing this article, two serious problems arose. First the fact that the now 96-years-old Dr. W. v.d. Akker, who has played such a decisive role in the reestablishment of the longhair, was not able to contribute anything. No matter how much I wanted to go over that first period with him; it was no longer possible. When I visited him for the first time in 25 years on October 2, 1977, even though there was joyful recognition, the memory of those early dogs had gone. Luckily there are my personal memories and a number of photographs that he gave me.
If it shows out later on that there are more documents, photographs and notes in his possession, then we must hope that they will be made available for study. Perhaps then there will be additions and changes to this history. The decision to still write the history of the longhaired variety, despite omissions -be they temporary or permanent- was made because perhaps otherwise nothing will be written at all.The second problem was the disappearance of the archives of the NHC.No matter how incredible it seems for such an old breed club, the archives of the club have disappeared post-worldwar II. This is of course not only a great handicap to the longhair historian, but also for the knowledge base of the short- and roughhair. Miscellaneous data had to be derived from the work mentioned earlier, "Schepershonden van het Westeuropese vasteland", which was published around 1959 but is not available anywhere, neither in the antiquarian world, nor in the Royal Library in The Hague. A copy had to be ordered from Antwerp through the Royal Library in Brussels to be photocopied. Data has also been derived from the book by J. van Rheenen "De Hollandse en Belgische herder" (The Dutch and Belgian Shepherd Dog), published by Thieme in Zutphen. The first printing was in 1966, and the most up to date printing was in 1974.
The latter is what has been used for this article. It is suspected that Van Rheenen did have access to old data, reports of meetings of the breed club and show catalogues. I would like to extend my gratitude to publisher W.J. Thieme in Zutphen for their permission, granted to me in writing on August 11, 1978, to quote the book of J. van Rheenen where necessary. It would have been impossible to write this history of the longhaired Dutch Shepherd Dog without the invaluable help of others, who often sent me information and photographs at crucial moments. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for their co-operation and the great trust invested in me by often sending me all photographs of their old dogs for reproduction. They are: Miss E. v.d. Akker in Zeist for her information on and photograph of Rik or Ricky; Mrs. E. de Boer-Löming in Bilthoven for her information on the Corbeel and Blida family; Mrs. A.J. Gorter-Ter Pelkwijk for her photographs of Reintje; Mr. J.B. Helms in Amersfoort for his information on Cora van het Eigen Land, his many photographs and extensive documentation; Mrs. E. Koele-Groothuizen in Zeist for her information on and photographs of Prins II; Mr. C.A. Kruis for his information on Paris and Margando's Brutus; Mr. And Mrs. Ter Pelkwijk in Beetsterzwaag for their information on and photographs of Wolf and Flip

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