PYRENEAN SHEEPDOGS JOINED CARABRAE IN 1991
There is a record of a
Pyrenean Sheepdog (Berger de Pyrénées)
having been exhibited at Crufts in 1929 but it was not until 1986
and 1988 that two litters were bred here in the U.K.
I first saw one of this breed
when I was judging in the USA in 1976. In America they are called
Pyrenean Shepherds. The one I saw was at the Rivergroves Mountain Dog
Kennels, it was a bright red little dog which would have resembled a
fox if it had not had cropped ears and a docked tail.
In 1991 I visited the French
National Show held in the Pyrenees where about seventy of the breed
were being exhibited.
Following this I was able to
book three bitches Groseille, Garrique and Gavarnie all
from different litters from the Pic d'Arbizon Kennels of Marie Maillot.
Soon they were joined by two
dogs Gripp and Gin bred by Alain Pécoult
at the kennels de la Bourguine in Provence.
These five dogs were my
foundation stock and a year later they were joined by Demelza
Octavia June from the litter born in the UK in 1988.
Our first litters were born
in Spring 1993. From the first two litters, Carabrae Anelisa
and Carabrae Beaune joined Monica Westerberg and Ulrika
Lundh's Hobnobs kennel in Sweden. They were shown extensively and quickly
became Swedish champions. Anelisa went on to become a Norwegian,
Finnish, Danish and International champion.
Both bitches have bred very
successfully and from Anelisa's first litter by Multi Champion
Jalibre de l'Oustaou de Padel, Hobnobs Didier (Hobby) came to
join us in England and add an extra line to the gene pool.
All our original dogs are now
enjoying their retirement. We sadly lost Gin at twelve but the
others are now in their 14th year.
In May 2001 I was very
fortunate to obtain Medoc du Pic d'Arbizon on loan for two
years from Marie Maillot. He was one of the current top winning dogs
in France and his hip score was A/A. Medoc was 'en robe de cadenettes'.
July 2001, I went to Provence to collect the litter brother and
sister Roquefort Bleu and Risette de la Bourguine, Bred
by Alain Pécoult.
I also purchased his daughter Pastorale.
She has produced two super litters by Carabrae Reynard.
Sauterelle Bleue de Loubajac
joined us in September 2002. She has been very successful in
the show ring and has taken time out to have a litter by Roquefort
Bleu. This blue to blue mating was done deliberately to try to get
and fix good quality clean coloured blue merles, without the heavy
black markings and shadings of fawn that are so common in
Europe. The result was very successful, Fidelio and Fleurette
have been winning as puppies and Fantasie (Zoe) has her sights set on
the top of the agility world!
Suzette du Pic d'Arbizon
stayed with Marie Maillot for an extra year in France. She was
judged best bitch puppy at the national show in the Pyrenees and the
following year won an excellent. She was mated to Isaby du
Grand Bestiolan and came over in whelp in September 2003.
Unfortunately she only produced one bitch puppy Gloriana but it does
give us another line for breeding. She had two lovely puppies
by Micou last year and has produced three puppies by Gofa in 2005. As
Suzette has cropped ears we cannot show her in England but we are
planning to take her back to the Pyrenees in September 2005.
du Pic d'Arbizon
du Grand Bestiolan
Our newest arrival is Hobnob's
Baptiste from Sweden. He is all French breeding by Nor/Swe Ch
Sarradet de Loubajac ex Rhubarbe de Loubajac. He was born in Sweden
and bred by Monica Westerberg and Ulrika Lundh of the Hobnobs
kennel. He quickly settled in and mated Suzette!
He is also the father of our
first litter from Risette.
Waiting in the wings in
France is Vagabond du Pic d'Arbizon! He is a very
promising young semi-long haired black dog who will join us after the
French Club show in September 2005.
du Pic d'Arbizon
Since 1993 I
have bred 152 puppies, all of whom have
kept their ears and tails. Several dogs are being exhibited very
successfully by their new owners and many are competing in agility.
Most of the dogs are very happy living in pet homes.
Showing the dogs has been
difficult in the UK as they are classed as a very rare breed and
currently can only be exhibited in special classes for imported dogs,
however, we have just heard that the Pyrenean Sheepdogs will move to
the Rare Breeds register on 1st January 2006.
Over the past fifteen years I
have tried to build up a kennel of Pyrenean Sheepdogs that would
equal the quality of the Carabrae Pyrenean Mountain Dogs. Only
time will tell if I have succeeded! I have imported a lot of dogs to
give us a good gene pool and sound base on which to establish the
breed in the UK. With the very small litter sizes most people have to
be prepared to wait a long time for a puppy. They are in great demand
but most people just want a pet and are often persuaded by their vets
to have them neutered. This is such a waste with a very rare breed
and the cost of importing them. If I have one regret it is that there
are not more people wanting to breed these exciting little dogs.
Carabrae are proud to have
provided the Pyrenean Sheepdog Foundation Stock for:-
and extra bitches for Hobnobs
copyright Carabrae 2007