Zellik History

I was first told about the Belgian Shepherd by Mr Eric Irvine with whom I used to train Border Collies for Obedience competition work in the 1950's. Together with various other enthusiasts Mr Irvine and myself contributed to a fund to import two Groenendaels. When we had saved enough money a Groenendael male Indo des Forges Monceux and a  Groenendael female Inkasa dea Forges Monceaux were purchased and imported into the UK. These two were bred by Madam Remant. Over the years I have been involved with a number of other Groenendael imports. Ten years after the introduction of the Groenendael to the UK Mr Irvine and myself decided to import the Tervueren. We made contact with Madam Muller of the 'du Close Saint Jacques' kennel and we purchased and imported a male Ungo du Clos Saint Jacques and the female Ula du Clos Saint Jacques.  Pictured right
 Mr Irvine was going to have Ungo on his release from quarantine but decided to sell him to Mr & Mrs Wesley. I had Ula, she mated to Ungo in due course produced the first UK Tervueren litter. There were 3 pups 2 bitches and 1 dog, all grays. These were Zellik Alexis and he was purchased by Mrs Margaret November who campaigned him both in the show ring and in obedience classes. Zellik Alexandra. She was purchased by Mrs Karen Watson who ultimately took her abroad with her and showed on the continent with considerable success.  I kept the third pup Zellik Artemia who I showed and who later produced us a litter. I was pleased to co-own with Mr Irvine the first UK Groenendael Champion Ch Quentin de la Baraque de Planches. He was bred by Mr Leon Bottemanne but was born in quarantine as his mum Peggy de la Baraque de Planches was imported in whelp by Mrs A Stammers. Quentin was a beautiful dog with an excellent character,  good conformation and outstanding movement. Unfortunately when he was used at stud he was not a dominant sire, but at that time there weren't many bitches of good type to mate him to.
I have judged Belgians on many occasions in the UK and Canada where I saw some lovely Belgians and met many Breeders and Owners. I was also on the first committee of the then newly formed BSDA and at one time the Chairperson of the Club. I will continue to endeavor to breed the correct type of Belgian Shepherd Dog under the Zellik prefix.

 

 

Above:-Dennis and Poppy with Sarah at the kennels.

Left:- Me at the kennels with Mindy at 4 weeks

Memories of the old Bobbing Kennels. Now sadly no more