I would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. C. Bakkes-Versloot in Harfsen for the large amount of information and photographs, her moral support and encouragement to write this piece; Mrs. B. Geverding-Turion in Reewijk for the large amount of information which often cost her a great deal of time and for her patience in answering my questions; Mr. Ir. J. Voskens for all of his information, both oral and written, as well as for loaning his many letters, breed club reports and show catalogues. Finally I would like to thank the board of the NHC for their willingness and co-operation in publishing this article, as well as a number of photographs, some rare and never published before. A selection had to be made from the many photographs that were sent. Criteria was the importance of the dog in the pedigree and the clarity of the photograph. In some cases this was not possible, for instance with the foto nr. 6, because no other photograph was available and the same with the illustration nr. 10. The dog in that illustration was never used for breeding, but pictures excellently the type and as a painting it is unique. Photographs nr. 3, 4, 5, 6, 14 and 15 (obviously also nr. 16) were made by Dr. v.d. Akker at the time. Apart from nr. 11, these photographs were given to me by him between 1939 and 1946. The old and often original photographs with this article were photographed again and enlarged by Mr. S.G. Spaan, photographer at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. We now have a new set of negatives, so that an important piece of documentation has been preserved. We hope that it will be possible to add to this material in the future with photographs of dogs that played an important role, but of which we currently have no photographs available.
Some notes about the longhair. Before we start with a more detailed description of the longhaired Dutch Shepherd Dog, it is important to note that the longhair has always been considered an independent variety. The longhair did not arise later and there never was any discussion about accepting this variety alongside the short- and roughhair. This means that at the time of the foundation of the NHC in 1898 there were enough longhairs present and known. In the first few decades of the Dutch Shepherd's existence there was never any mention of "unintentional by-products".When at the beginning there were six coat types recognised in the Dutch Shepherd, two of those were applicable to the longhair: longhaired with close lying coat and longhaired with a coat that stands away from the body. In later years these six coat types were reduced to three: shorthair, roughhair and longhair with close lying coat (see also C.A. Kruis, p. 35). For a long time the longhair differed from the short- and roughhair on two points. First from the start the separate colour "chestnut brown" was allowed for the longhairs. This lasted until after the Second World War.
It is intriguing that this colour was not only recognised from the start as obviously normal next to the gold- and silver brindle, but that it was later retained whilst the short- and roughhairs saw rigorous restrictions on coat colour. One can only surmise that from the start there were enough chestnut-brown longhaired dogs alongside the brindles to see this as a typical longhair colour. Some people now say that chestnut brown should be read as chestnut brown brindled. Even though the standard of points is not always entirely clear, enough descriptions indicate that they did mean "self coloured brown". For instance C.A. Kruis (page 35) writes: "Soon the Dutch Shepherd Dog took two important decisions: first that the colour of the shorthair DS would be brindled from now on, and that the yellow rough hair would be excluded (the longhair could also be chestnut brown). Later this decision was retracted. This was about 1912-1913. In those years a distinctive and unique identity was sought for the Dutch Shepherd Dog through colour restrictions. Also in Kruis one can find, in the description of the colours for the three varieties, the following: "Here one finds, apart from the brindle, another colour: chestnut brown" (C.A. Kruis, page 39). And later, still in Kruis, page 41 the listing of the longhair colours: "Chestnut brown, gold- and silver brindle". Almost decisive is the colour listing for the longhair in Kruis on page 45 after he has discussed the wider colour range of about 1938 for both the shorthair and the rough hair. He writes: "Colour (of the longhair): No new colours have been introduced. As ever, the longhair can also be self-coloured chestnut brown."

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