Decline
In Van Rheenen we again find the longhair on page 33 in his quote of an overview of C.A. Kruis in the annual of “De Hond” ("The Dog") of 1926. Twenty years have passed! Kruis writes: "Longhaired Dutch shepherd provide (at the shows of that year) only two dogs, both judged Z.G. Sporadically this variety is encountered; if it is to be re-established, this will be heavy going, due to the ancestry of the material available. In my opinion it would be better to double the efforts going into the other two varieties...." We don't know the names of those two longhairs. Around that time two longhairs were known by name, Paris (around 1920) and Margando's Brutus. There is no information available on the former; we know a little bit more about the latter. Breeder and owner was Mr. A.M.A. Verhaar from Schiedam. In his own words in the annual "De Hond" of 1934, quoted by Van Rheenen (page 35), Mr. Verhaar bred shorthairs until 1926. Then he started breeding roughhairs. Mr. A.C. Kruis told me that both Paris and Margando's Brutus were by-products of shorthair breedings. He also told me that Mr. Verhaar had never intentionally or knowingly bred longhairs (personal correspondence 6 September 1978). Photographs of both dogs served to illustrate the longhair until 1935 and 1938 respectively. Neither dog was probably used for breeding. It is almost incomprehensible that the wide range of good breeding material that was available in 1905 and perhaps later, has been reduced within 10 to 15 years to the point that the scarce longhairs (at least at shows) are no more than by-products. This means that a longhair was sporadically born from (as far as we know) shorthair parents. If these by-product longhairs were then not used for breeding, they were basically deselected and finally totally disappeared. The longhair, in as far as it was still known, was reduced to a by-product. In the beginning it cannot have been a by-product, just as the shorthair and roughhair were not by-products. In how much Mr. Drost's or others’ longhairs played a role in the appearance of these by-products is hard to determine.
However, it is also not very important, as they have not left any traces in later breeding and have in fact never been used.In the brochure " Our Dutch Shepherd Dog" of the NHC, published for the 75th anniversary of the founding of the club, page six, mentions a show in Tilburg in 1928 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary. If it is correct what is mentioned in the brochure, namely that "all varieties were present", this means that there were longhairs at the show. In the papers of Ir. Voskens is a transcribed report of C.A. Kruis in "De Hond" of September 21, 1928. Without mentioning names he states "the longhairs made up the rear (2 Z.G. and 1 G.)" That was all. A little while later, in 1931, H.A.P.C. de Groot, in the annual of "De Hond", argues for reduction of the Dutch shepherd to one variety, the short- or the roughhair. He wants it to be the roughhair (see: Van Rheenen, pages 34-35). He never mentions the longhair. From then on, to 1938 when the NHC has its 40th anniversary, the longhair is mentioned only twice. The then-secretary of the NHC, Mr. J.F.W. Turion, writes in the annual "De Hond" of 1933 (quoted by Van Rheenen, page 35): "The material present, as far as the short- and roughhairs is concerned, is such that the earlier opinion that the breed was in danger of dying out, is no longer valid. However, the longhaired variety is not in such good shape; if actions are not taken, this variety will soon be a thing of the past. That the longhair has its charms is evidenced by the fact that Her Majesty our Queen Mother has acquired a longhaired Dutch Shepherd Dog. Where this Noble Lady leads, in favouring a homebred breed, may this be an incentive for many to follow Her. We are on the right path!" The Queen Mother was Queen Emma, who died the following year, in 1934.
Unfortunately, no matter how well meant, Mr. Turion's words concerning the longhair were too optimistic and too idealistic. The acquisition of the longhair mentioned, which we will refer to later, was probably not Queen Emma's personal choice or preference; she probably never even saw the dog. The reason for the acquisition of this dog was very prosaic: it served as a guard dog and that is the reason that it was sold to "Her". The dog in question, "Faust", was bought in the early thirties somewhere in Brabant by the owner of the "Nut- en Sportkennels" in Zeist, Mr. W. Klerk. He worked closely with Mr. Van Prattenburg, secretary to the Zeist Dog Club, and dog trainer. Apart from breeding roughhair Dutch Shepherds they also bought dogs to train and sell. Faust was of unknown ancestry. Years after Queen Emma died the dog was owned by Mr. L. Toet, forester of the Royal Domains in Wassenaar.

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