Rock Bottom
After the reverie of Mr. Turion in the annual of "De Hond" of 1933, the position of the longhair is described once more in the yearbook of 1934. Mr. A.M.A. Verhaar, breeder of the "by-product" Margando's Brutus, writes the following (see J. van Rheenen, page 36): "Nothing good can be said about the longhaired Dutch Shepherd. After my last plea to attend to the breeding of this wonderful variety I have not heard anything. Then I could still point to good breeding material. This has become much harder now, but I still believe that it is not too late. Let us hope that soon an experienced breeder will accept this hard, but thankful task." When and how this plea was made, is not noted.

Van Rheenen closes this paragraph from the report of Verhaar from 1934 with the following sentence: "Understandably, Dutch Shepherd fanciers were curious to see how the breed had survived the war. Experts were far from satisfied." He then follows with a quote from a report in "Dog World" of October 16, 1947. Van Rheen skips an entire thirteen years! For reasons that will become clear later, we will not follow his example. In the annual of "De Hond" of 1935 an illustration of a longhair without a name is used in an article on the Dutch Shepherd. Is this Paris? (see foto 1)

Foto 1
Longhaired from the Yearbook "De Hond" 1935,
Paris? (around 1920)


Foto 2
Margando's Brutus
from Toepoel's book "Onze Honden"
2nd edition around 1938. Foto around 1930.
Mr. Turion repeats his earlier reference to the dog of the then deceased Queen Emma. In his book "Onze Honden" (“Our Dogs”), second printing of about 1938, Toepoel also mentions the longhair next to the short- and roughhair. He mentions specifically the standard of points for all three varieties. At that time he still gives chestnut brown as an accepted colour next to the brindle for the longhair, and specifically "preferably a deep chestnut brown". The longhair also still has the differing minimum height: 53 cm for bitches and 55 cm for dogs. Foto 2 shows Margando's Brutus, a dog that probably was not alive anymore at that time, as its breeder, Mr. Verhaar has quit the shorthairs in 1926 and had switched to roughhairs.

Because of the historical value as the only available photographs of pre-War longhairs these photographs have been included here. There is no indication of brindle in these photographs. Personally I believed for years that both longhairs were brown. Miss E. van Weelden however, in her article on the Dutch Shepherd in "Our Dog" of December 1976 mentions that Margando's Brutus was silver brindle. Toepoel ends his description of the Dutch Shepherd by remarking that in his youth, all longhairs he had ever seen "were black"! In 1938 there was no longer any mention of the late Queen Emma's dog. The longhair only existed on paper. Without putting any personal blame on anyone, it has to be said that after 40 years the NHC had not been able to save the longhair. It was even accepted laconically that the longhair was extinct. Absolute rock bottom had been reached...

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