|The third attempt
We have seen that the breeding material available in the kennels of amongst others "Van Haarlem" and "Medo" at the beginning of the century led to a dead end. That was the first attempt to breed the longhair. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. v.d. Akker and later breeders under his initial guidance, the second attempt was successful. A third attempt was made by Messrs. Aarts and v.d. Klundert in Tilburg-Udenhout in 1945. The South had been liberated for quite some time and on March 12, 1945 a litter of longhairs was born from Duc and Molly, two dogs that were unrelated to the dogs of Dr. v.d. Akker and of unknown ancestry. Out of this combination came a male, Breston B.G.O. 115136 and a female, Hertha B.G.O. 115135. Breston x Hertha produced a litter with two males, Arno and Astor and two females, Astrid and Anita. This was on October 12, 1947. These dogs were the longhairs that were the first to be shown after the World War II. Breston obtained 1U at the Hofstad Show in 1948 from judge F.H. van Schoonderwald; Arno in Utrecht on November 13 and 14 1948 obtained juvenile 1G and Astrid 1ZG from judge S. Franzen. Astor was entered in the anniversary show of the NHC on June 12, 1948 in Utrecht; result is unknown. The same combination of Breston with Hertha was repeated in 1949 and according to the records this was a C-litter. It is likely that there will have been a B-litter in 1948. None of these dogs had ever been bred to any of the dogs of Dr. v.d. Akker. Despite all my research I have not been able to find any trace of these Tilburg-Udenhout dogs. Both misters Aarts and v.d. Klundert have been dead for a long time and it is not known what happened to the dogs. Several requests for information from the secretary of the Dog Club Tilburg has produced no results. This third attempt had failed, by reason of lack of continuity, just as it happened for the first attempt. Experience has shown us that if in a variety or breed of limited size, two or three breeders drop out, then within 10 years hardly any dogs of that breed or variety will be available for breeding. It is a rare fortunate occurrence for the lovers of the longhairs that Dr. v.d. Akker, who started breeding this variety at the age of 57, was able to personally guide the proceedings for so long. Had he not been continuously available those first 10 to 15 years, then his attempt to re-establish the longhair would have failed as well, certainly also because in his private demeanour he often could not provide information to the breeds followers. A lesson is to be learned from this; a breeding advisory commission and notices about placement of dogs is of enormous, continuing importance, as is membership of the NHC for the new longhair-owners.
Criticism and eventually appreciation
At first the group of people surrounding the work of Dr. v.d. Akker was very small. After the war this group gradually extended, but recognition in print was a long time coming. Sometimes it was against the person, sometimes against the variety, sometimes against both. As for instance C.A. Kruis wrote in “De Hondenwereld” ("The Dog World") of May 1, 1951 (see: Van Rheenen, page 38): "In my opinion it is the case that they are artificially producing a variety that has never existed. Every shorthaired shepherd breed will, from time to time, produce longhaired by-products. If they wish to come to a consistently breeding line, well, that is a nice hobby. As long as the variety to be produced is not regarded as an historically existing variety. The long "shepherd dog history" that the shorthair and roughhairs can lay claim to, simply does not exist for the longhair." Van Rheenen accurately places a question mark here. We know from the preceding that this remark was completely incorrect. On the contrary, perhaps even longer than the shorthair and the roughhair, the longhair was a working dog for the herds, in whatever form. Faust was a guard dog, Adri was guard dog, Wolf was draught dog, the dogs of Ir. Voskens and Mr. Klerk came straight from the herds and that was in 1940! In the book "Schepershonden van het Westeuropese vasteland" of about 1958, C.A. Kruis writes about the longhair (page 79): "The longhair need not be discussed in this context (when discussing well known dogs from earlier days). This variety only occurred as a by-product and is only lately being bred by a few proponents." Now we know that neither the one, nor the other is true. But C.A. Kruis is an honest and sporting man, who is not ashamed to admit he is wrong. At least, in the "Dog World" of May 16, 1959 (see Van Rheenen, page 41), he writes: "Over the course of the years I have pointed out many times that it is usual in shorthaired shepherd breeds that once in a while longhaired dogs will show up; they should be considered by-products. Also: that the interest in longhaired Dutch Shepherd Dogs has always been very limited. Amsterdam (Winner Show) has shown that this era is over. Of course it must be possible to breed a consistent variety of shorthairs with a coat that is too long. The proponents of the Dutch Longhair have obviously succeeded. Thirteen dogs were entered (1 absent). Two obtained U and 10 ZG. It was a good looking, lively, homogenous collection, the last both in build, type, colour and character. We can no longer speak of by-products. Of course we find inbreeding in these longhairs, quite severe inbreeding as well; but when building up a variety this is unavoidable and we cannot rightly comment against it. And that the breeding has taken place carefully - for character, temperament and related traits as well - is clear from the overall impression that was given to the working dog people in Amsterdam. Congratulations is undoubtedly all right and proper."