Pyrenean Shepherd Bloodlines at La Brise

BIS/BISS CH Urrugne de l'Estaube with her breeder, Guy Mansencal in 1986. Mr. Mansencal was president of the French breed club (RACP) from 1983-2000,. Since 1948, he has produced more outstanding Pyrenean Shepherds (both varieties) than any breeder in the world.

La Brise has bred or owned the Best in Show winners of every one of the PSCA's 12 National Specialties, and the top Pyr Shep in Canada every year 1994-99, as well as the top-winning Pyr Shep of all time (CH Chaparral Gascon de La Brise). Our dogs have won over 50 titles in conformation, obedience, flyball, herding & agility.

At the same time we have been a leader in minimizing health problems in this already hardy breed. We have OFA'd & CERF'd more Pyr Sheps than anyone else, and greatly reduced the incidence of epilepsy in the breed in North America. (For more on this, see under "Genetics" on the links page.)

Meet our Pyr Sheps We have, of course, not accomplished all this in isolation. We have been very fortunate over the years to be able to draw on Guy Mansencal's 50 years' experience with the Pyrenean Shepherd breed. We linebreed on foundation stock imported from his Estaube kennel in Tarbes, France, and from other French breeders using the same bloodline. Of particular importance in recent years has been the parallel breeding program of Susan Buttivant of Chaparral Kennels in Canada. We are very proud that Mansencal has seen fit to say that La Brise has remained truer to traditional breed type than the vast majority of breeders in France.

With this excellent foundation, we have consistently produced top quality Pyr Sheps with correct type and temperament, and superior athletic ability, with a minimum of genetic defects. It has been our great pleasure to know dogs such as the National Specialty winners Tess, Cotton-Tail, JJ, and Jolie, and the top-winning Pyr Shep of all time, Jacques. But knowing that we actually produced these future winners from our own litters, and watching them grow up; This has been a gift beyond compare.

Related Dogs
More Related Dogs: Pyr Sheps from the Past & Present

Railhere de l'Estaube
(Muscadin x Ibarolle de l'Estaube)
This lovely blue merle Rough-Faced bitch is Blythe's mother, and also produced Bourdettes, Chiroulet, and Charme Bleu de l'Estaube (these last 2 sired by Viscos - owned by Jean-Jacques Dupas
Best Aube de La Tomiere
owned by Guy Mansencal, has had an important influence on the breed in North America. He is the grandfather of both Wills & Jib.  
Arizes de l'Estaube
An outstanding fawn, Rough-Faced bitch owned by Guy Mansencal. She has a gorgeous head, neck, shoulder, front, topline, croup, thigh, let-down, hock, and excellent coat and color

Sarrat de l'Estaube (the brindle in the foreground), Reglisse de l'Estaube (blue merle bitch peering over Sarrat's back), and Tarquin le Superbe (the fawn on the right).
Tarquin & Sarrat were enormously influential stud dogs in the early eighties. Sarrat is Blythe's father.

(CH Urdos de l'Estaube x Quairat)
This fawn Rough-Faced bitch and her sister, Izeste (Sarrat's mother), were owned by Guy Mansencal, and produced countless outstanding Pyrenean Shepherds. Isba won the French National Specialty from the Veterans' Class at age 9. I last saw her at age 15, in 1987. Her head and expression were still perfect, her lovely, short hocks still strong, her personality still vibrant
Email de l'Estive
A stud dog having an impact on the breed in France today
(Orme x Lorca)
This brindle, Rough-Faced dog, bred by Gilbert Clermont, and owned by Gerard Ravier, is the sire of Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail, and Peter, as well as 2 French National Specialty winners and innumerable other outstanding Pyrenean Shepherds. Aneou is a full brother to Guy Mansencal's National Specialty-winning bitch, Temporelle - who was quite possibly the most exquisite Pyrenean Shepherd of the 20th century. The Orme x Lorca breeding was done 4 times with outstanding results, including: BIS CH Ravin, Ribambelle, Sorette, Sariette, Temporelle, Aneou, and Alain Pecoult's dog Agos (father of Djinn de La Bourguine)
This gorgeous Smooth-Faced, blue merle bitch had a great impact on the breed. Virtually all top-winning Smooth-Faced Pyrenean Shepherds of the past 2 decades trace their pedigrees to her (as do many top Rough-Faced Pyr Sheps). Above is a head study at age 9. On the lower left, she is shown as a young dog, lower right at age 15.
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