DOB: 1/19/96
OFA Good
OFA Patellas
CERF 5/05

Test de
A (17)
DNA - Un. of MO
BISS CH. Nivose Sur La Brise
Jan 19, 1996-Nov 1 2009
(CH. La Brise Cotton- Tail Rabbit x CH. Lutece de La Brise)
Balki with young Liam Deacon, Eukanuba/AKC Invitational, 2007

Selected Show Results

2009 - PSCA National Specialty - Painesville, OH
Award of Merit

Jan 2009 -Balki became the 3rd ever AKC champion!  --At age 13!!!

2007 - PSCA National Specialty - New Castle, PA
Award of Merit

2007 #1 AKC Miscellaneous Dog (all breeds).

2007 - RACP Nationale d'Élevage - France
Best Veteran!

2006 - PSCA National Specialty - Fairfield, PA
Award of Merit & Best Veteran
Judge: Guy Mansencal
High in Trial Rally
High in Trial Obedience
Winner of Top Performance Dog Award 2006

Best of Opposite Sex to Best in Veteran Sweeps
Judge: Sue Malinowski
Regional #2: Best of Breed

4/29/06 - Lancaster PA
Regional #1: BOB & Best Veteran - Judge: Susan Malinowski
Regional #2: Best Veteran - Judge: Alain Pecoult (France)

2005 PSCA National Specialty
BOB - Regional Pre-National Show - June 24, 2005

PSCA Shows Gettysburg, PA - Oct. 30-31, 2004
BOB (Oct. 30)
BOB (Oct. 31)

PSCA Shows Gettysburg, PA - July 24-25, 2004
BIS (July 24 am)
BIS (July 24 am)
BIS (July 25)

Rough-Face BOS & BOS to BIS - Regional I 2004 (Nationals)
Rough-Face BOV & BIS - Regional II 2004 (Nationals)

BISS at the Regional & BOS at the point show in CT 2004.

2002: Balki won 4th in the champion class at the French National Specialty show, and 1st in the
Champion class & Reserve Best Male at the Belgian National Specialty show.

This brindle Rough-Faced male won Best of Variety at the 2002 National
Specialty under respected breeder-judge Dr Jacques Denys, and was also the
top Pyr Shep in Canada. His wins include a Group 2 under French
breeder-judge Guy Mansencal.

He was Best in Show at the PSCA Mid-Atlantic regional specialty show in
August, 2001Reserve Winners Dog at the 1998 PSCA National Specialty, and
finished his Canadian championship undefeated.

Son of 2 National Specialty winners, he is a litter brother to Jacques - CH Chaparral Gascon de La Brise.

Balki was quite a character and was very outgoing, even with total strangers -a rarity among Pyr Sheps.
He enjoyed agility, obedience and herding.

Balki was the first Pyr Shep to earn an AKC CD (Jan. 2004) & AKC RE (March 2007) & RAE (Dec 2007)!
CH. La Brise Cotton- Tail
CH. Amaya la Brune
CH. Lutece de La Brise
CH. Mistry's Willy de La Brise
Dareous de l'Estaube
Camomille de La Brise
CH. Amaya la Brune
Bred by Fran Princehouse
Owned by Joe, Fran & Patricia Princehouse
At the 2003 French National Specialty
BISS - CT Regional 2004
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Balki was a dear, sweet dog, beloved by many both here and abroad. We
lost him far too young, just a couple months short of age 14, due to
complications following a bout of an especially aggressive strain of parvo
virus, just a few months after winning Award of Merit at the National

Following in the steps of his two famous parents, Cotton-Tail and Tess, who
were so important to the foundation of the breed in America in the 1990's,
Balki was a trailblazer for the breed's recognition by the American Kennel
Club in the mid-2000's. He was the breed's first obedience titlist, earning the
Companion Dog degree just 2 weeks after the breed became eligible for
AKC competition. He was the #1 dog all breeds in AKC Miscellanous the
first year the breed was eligible, and was the 3rd Pyrenean Shepherd to
become an AKC champion (following his son and granddaughter).

He was an extremely willing dog and his heeling was a thing of beauty.  He
was very tuned in to the people around him and worked very devotedly as
my seizure alert dog for a year following my car accident in 2007.  

He was my Dad's dog for the first decade of his life, always up for any kind
of fun, with titles in obedience, herding, rally, and agility. His outgoing
personality made him a big hit with the public, and also a favorite at the
nursing homes where he was a therapy dog. Dad took him on so many
visits that he earned not only his TDI, but the advanced TDIA title from
Therapy Dogs International.

He became my dog as well only after Dad was diagnosed with cancer and
couldn't show him to his AKC titles.Dad did the initial training and showed
him to his RN and the first leg of his CD.

Balki was not a flashy dog -neither grandly resplendent like his father, nor
sublimely magnificent like his son Zed. He was a good, sweet, honest dog
with beautiful eyes, first-class movement, lovely type, and wonderful
        He was sweet and mild to the end, and passed gently in his sleep. He
was buried under the autumn's beautiful golden leaves, which seem a fitting
eulogy to the last days of this most delightful loving soul.
Age 11
Balki was called "Blacky" at birth because he was such a black brindle. But when my
Dad said he was going to keep him, my mother and I thought he should have a less
pedestrian nickname. One of my mom's favorite shows was "Perfect Strangers," which
had a terrific character named Balki, so he became Balki also. His registered name,
Nivose, comes from the French revolutionary calendar -a snowy month like the one
into which he was born.