Before 1904 there are no new entries in the NHSB, but some mentions of shows. Here we find the dog Mek, that we mentioned earlier and some other dogs (longhairs):
7 ) Mek, Open Class, Haarlem
8 ) Presto van Haarlem, in Amsterdam next to Hector van Haarlem and Mek
9 ) Kwik van Haarlem.
Finally before 1905, one entry in the NHSB, but again a number of unknown dogs:
10) Trouw, male (NHSB 2416), date of birth January 1903
11) Frits (out of Rap van Haarlem), breeder: Van Dormalen, owner J.van Bleyenburgh, Amsterdam (mentioned in the reports of the NHC) of August 20, 1905).
Entered in the show in The Hague:
12) Stabij van Haarlem
13) Wakker van Haarlem.

It must be said that Mr. Drost gave his dogs original and typically Dutch names. Furthermore we must conclude that he owned a large kennel, apart from longhairs he also bred short- and roughhairs. Behind the few names mentioned in the reports of the meeting of the NHC of August 20, 1905, there was a sizeable potential of probably largely unrelated longhairs. This meant a large number of combinations was possible without even a hint of inbreeding, a fortuitous combination of circumstances that has not existed since! How happy we would have been with this situation in the past few years. It is also interesting to note that it was possible for Mr. Drost to include dogs of unknown parentage under his kennel name "Van Haarlem", something that Dr. v.d. Akker later also did. Kennel "Medo" and others also held to this practice. Mr. P. Drost was not only a breeder, but it is clear from the NHSB, also a judge. Now these days we would find that a scary combination, but during those days the almost legendary canine expert and writer L. Seegers was judge for Dutch and Belgium shepherd dogs; his expertise guaranteeing the high standard of judging. In his book "Hondenrassen" part I, 1910, page 15, Seegers himself wrote about the direction breeding was taking for the Dutch Shepherds in those days and also mentions P. Drost.
Seegers first describes the situation in existence shortly after the foundation of the NHC in 1898: there were the six coat types mentioned earlier, two for the shorthair, two for the roughhair and two for the longhair. He then writes: "Very soon it was understood that these difference could not be maintained and they finally arrived at the three varieties: shorthair, longhair and roughhair Dutch Shepherd Dogs. What an effort it took to get this far, how much ink was spilled, how much paper was used before it came to pass, only those who worked in the NHC and those that have followed the attempts of its board will ever know. The lion's share goes to Mr. P. Drost, H.J. Clarion and L. Jonker, who did not always enjoy the co-operation to which they were rightfully entitled." So we may assume that the longhairs of kennel "Van Haarlem" were very good examples. That makes it doubly regrettable that no old data can be find, neither can old photographs of longhairs in those days. In this context the old photograph of a shorthair and a "longhair" of about 1900, as printed in the article by Miss E. van Weelden in the December issue of "Our Dog" must be seen as a mistake. If the advice, given in the reports of the meeting of the NHC of August 20, 1905, to breed with the "favourably judged and highly acclaimed" Mek, owned by G. Mulder was taken can not be said with certainty. Only in-depth research into the longhairs entered in the NHSB in the following years could yield any clues. The same goes for the continuing existence of kennel "Van Haarlem" and kennel "Medo". Despite this broad range of probably good breeding material that was available in 1905, a situation that we would have been very happy with in later years, the longhair seems to disappear from the limelight shortly after. What came of kennel "Van Haarlem" and kennel "Medo", we don't know. The Dutch Kennel Club was not able to give me any information on this matter.

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