Belgian Shepherds & Schipperkes

'nih-aitheantas go h-aointios' .... 'to know beauty one must live with it' " old Irish proverb



Born: 04.08.09 - 11.09.13

Sire:  IR CH Revloch Ready To Rumble with Nulikim

Dam: IR CH Duchesse du Pre du Vieux Pont at Revloch

Hips: 5:3

Eyes: Clear March '12

Owned By: Revloch

Top Groenendael Stud Dog UK 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Top Groenendael Stud Dog Czech Republic 2014

Top Groenendael in the UK 2011 and 2012

Top Groenendael Ireland 2010, 2011 and 2012
CSAU, TAN and SR (Sujet Recommende) at the French Speciality  2012
BEST IN SHOW at the NORBEL Club Speciality (UK) 2012
CRUFTS Best of Breed 2011 and 2012
Top Groenendael in the UK and Ireland 2011
Top Groenendael Puppy in the UK and Ireland 2010
19 CC's  *  3 Res CC's



Zidane was born on 4th August, 2009, the result of an inter variety mating carried out after receiving permission from the Irish Kennel Club.  His sire was a tervueren that we bred IR CH Revloch Ready To Rumble with Nulikim  and his dam was our Belgian imported Groenendael IR CH Duchesse du Pre du Vieux Pont at Revloch.  He was the only groenendael male on the litter of 9 and stayed at home with his us….little did we know then just what he would achieve in his short life.

His show career began in Ireland in February, 2010 at 6 months when he won the Dog GS and BOB under Irish all rounder Vincent O'Brien who remarked on the day that he thought he was something special and predicted he would go far.

Zidane's first CC came in August, 2010 when he won the Dog CC, Res BOB, Res Best in Show and Best Puppy in Show at the BSDA of GB Club Ch Show, under breed specialists Sandra Smith, Lebeau (breed) and Kathy Bird, (BIS).  He finished up Top Puppy in the UK that year and Top Groenendael in Ireland, having won more then the required 7 Green Stars for his Irish Title but this didn't come until after he had reached the age of 15 months in November, 2010.

Over the next three years he amassed a total of 18 CC's (12 with BOB) and 3 Res CC's, including the CC and BOB at Crufts in 2011 and 2012 and the Res CC in 2013, plus CC, BOB and BIS at the NORBEL Club Ch Show in August, 2012 under Jesper Anderssen from Sweden (breed) and Gil Cooper, Zantal (BIS).  He won the Pastoral Group at Belfast Championship Show in 2011 under Jean Lanning  and was Top Groenendael in the UK in 2011 and 2012. Also a multi Group and Champion Stakes winner in Ireland and Top Irish Show Dog qualifier 2011.  His 18th CC (with BOB was won at East of England in July, 2013 under Gordon Rual.

Zidane also gained his Luxembourg and Dutch Champion titles, won the CAC at the Paris International Show in 2012 and at the prestigious French Speciality the following August, he was placed 16th Ex from an entry of 59 dogs in the Open Class, passed the CSAU (Social) and TAN (Gunshot) tests, and was only one of 5 Groenendael males selected SR  (recommended for breeding) the following day.

Zidane has also sired some successful winners.   In a litter born in Norway early last year two were exported to the US and Canada and have become Champions before the age of 9 months. Another one from that litter exported to Portugal was Junior European Winner and placed 2nd BIS Junior in Geneva.  In the UK he is the sire of the young female CH Chrisvale Loving Feeling at Vanisticawho gained her 3rd CC at only 14 months at Bournemouth Ch Show in August, under specialist Jeff Luscott. Another young female Ebontide Vision in Black at  Groenveld has 1 CC and 8 Res CC's and our own youngster Revloch Figo won his 1st CC from puppy at National Working & Pastoral Breeds in July at just 9 months under breed specialist Lyn Salt (Woodlyn) and is currently Top Groenendael Puppy in the UK.

Besides being an outstanding Belgian Shepherd of excellent type with a beautiful head, eye and expression and typical harmonious silhouette, Zidane also had the most wonderful character and made a huge impression on people from all around the world. Those who met him in the flesh were completely won over by his lovely personality and have been firm admirers and supporters of his many successes. He has passed on this outstanding temperament to his puppies.

We had hoped to have Zidane back in the ring for Darlington Ch Show but our world was turned upside when he took ill quite suddenly and unexpectedly and tests revealed he had lymphoma cancer (linked to Pesticides) which was aggressive. Despite immediate treatment he failed to respond and the decision was made a few days later on 11th September to spare him from any further suffering.  His passing has left us devastated and in shock.  He had only turned 4 years and was just entering his prime years. We were looking forward to enjoying many more years with him in the ring as he was the ultimate showman and loved the limelight. But aside from the wins and glory, he was just quite simply a much loved companion, a joy to live with, a 'dog in a million'.

We have been overwhelmed by the hundreds of messages, posts and calls of sympathy and support on the news of his passing from his admirers and supporters around the world, we are so proud that he touched so many people and that this legacy lives on in his offspring.  He will never be replaced or forgotten.

* Breed Specialist

  East of England Ch Show (UK)
  Mr G Rual
  1st Open Dog, CC and BOB
  Deise Ch Show
  Mr C Beattie
  1st Ch Dog, GS, BOB and Group 4th
  Kilkenny Ch Show
  Mr R Butler (Aus)
  1st Ch Dog, GS, BOB and Group 3rd
  Three Cos Ch Show (UK)
  Mrs J Eaves - Talamo *
  1st Open Dog, CC and BOB
  Mme Barton Sarlat (Fr) *
  2nd Open Dog, Res CC
  LKA Ch Show (UK)
  Ms L Colloins - Domburg *
  1st Open Dog, CC, BOB and Group 3rd
   Winner Show Amsterdam (Ned)
  Ms S Dubach - Van De Lamar (Ned) *
  1st Ch Male, Res CAC, Res CACIB
  Nederland Champion
  Midland Cos Ch Show (UK)
  Mr J McManus
  1st Open Dog, CC and Res BOB
  South Wales Ch Show (UK)
  Dr M Pratten - Bergeau *
  1st Open Dog, CC, BOB and shortlisted in 
  BHCN Specilality (Ned)
  Mr E Deschans (Belg) *
  1st Ch Dog, CAC and Res BOB  Selected SE
  National Elevage CFBB (Fr)
  Mm M F Varlet (Fr) *
  16 Ex Open, CSAU, TAN.  Selected SR
  Paignton Ch Show (UK)
  Mrs C Chapman
  1st Open Dog, CC and Res BOB
  NORBEL Speciality (UK)
  Mr J Andersen - Eternity (Swe) *
  1st Open Male, CC, BOB and Best in Show
  BSDA of GB Speciality (UK)
  Mr S Strom (Swe) *
  2nd Open Male, Res CC
  National Working & Pastoral (UK)
  Mrs D Knight - Noirdale *
  3rd Open Male
  Three Cos (UK)
  Mr B Reynolds Frost
  2nd Open Male, Res CC
  BSD Club of Ireland Speciality
  Mr P Bottagisio - Luavjans (It) *
  1st Ch Male, GS, BOB and Res BIS
   Birmingham National (UK)
 Mr J Horswell
 1st Open Male
 Mrs M Glenton - Baudwin *
 1st Open Male, CC and BOB
  International Show Paris (Fr)
 Mr C Fynmore - Beljekali (Aus) *
 1st Open Male, CACS and Res CACIB
  Winner Show Amsterdam (Ned)
 Mr K Neilson (Swe)
 2nd Ch Dog, Res CAC/Res CACIB
  Bull Breeds Ch Show
 Mrs M Walsh
 1st Ch Dog, GS, BOB and Group 1st
  Midland Cos (UK)
 Mrs V Thompson - Valson *
 2nd Open Dog
  Portadown Ch Show
 1st Ch Dog, GS, BOB and Group 3rd
  South Wales (UK)
 Ms M Grove - Zarna *
 1st Open Dog, CC and Res BOB
  Driffield Ch Show (UK)
 Mr K Young
 1st Open Dog, CC, BOB and Group 3rd
  Belfast Ch Show (UK)
 Mrs F Kaye
 1st Open Dog, BOB and Group Winner
  City of Birmingham (UK)
 Mr D Cavill
 1st Open Dog, CC and BOB
  BSD Club of Ireland Speciality
 Mrs J Ralph - Bonvivant (UK) *
 1st Ch Dog, Res GS
  IKC National Show
 Mrs J Melchior (Lux)
 1st Ch Dog, GS and Res BOB
  Scottish Kennel Club (UK)
 Mr J Bispham
 1st Open Dog, CC and BOB
  Limerick Ch Show
 Mr G Jensen (Nor)
 1st Ch Dog, GS and BOB
  Clonmel Ch Show
 Mr A Stepinski
 1st Ch Dog, GS and BOB
  East of England Ch Show (UK)
 Mr P England - Vanistica *
 4th Open Dog
  NORBEL Speciality (UK)
 Mr B Thevenon (Fr) *
 1st Ex Open Dog
  Scottish Kennel Club (UK)
 Mrs Y Dudds - Cultlea *
 1st Open Dog, CC, BOB and Group 4th
  Birmingham National (UK)
 Mr S Mallard
 1st Open Dog, CC & Res BOB 
 UK Champion
  Fermoy International Show
 Mr K Andersen (Swe)
 1st Ch Dog, GS, CACIB and BOB
  South Tipp Ch Show
 Mrs A McNally
 1st Ch Dog, GS, BOB and Group Winner
 Combined Canine International Sh
 Ms Z Salijvic (Est)
 1st Ch Dog, GS, CACIB, BOB and Group  Winner
 Banbridge Ch Show
 1st Ch Dog, GS, BOB and Group 1st
  International Show, Luxembourg
  Mr D Spruyt (Belg) *
 1st Ch Dog, CACL, Res CACIB
 Luxembourg Champion
  IKC Celtic Winner Show
  Mr W Henderson
 1st Ch Dog, GS, BOB Celtic Winner '11
  Mrs J Clifford - Ebontide *
 1st Open Dog, CC and BOB
  LKA Ch Show (UK)
  Dr M Pratten - Bergeau *
 1st Limit Dog
 Winner Show, Amsterdam (Ned)
 Mme A Heraly (Belg) *
 1st Ex Intermediate Dog
 Cloghran Ch Show
 Mrs M Rostron (UK)
 1st Junior Dog, GS, BOB  Irish Champion
 Midland Counties (UK)
 Mrs K Morris - Cairbar *
 1st Junior Dog, Res CC
 South Wales Ch Show (UK)
 Mrs A Lipscombe - Becanbrie *
 1st Junior Dog, Res CC
 BSDA of GB Speciality (UK)
 Ms S Smith - Lebeau *
 1st Puppy Dog, CC, Res BOB, Res BIB and
 Best Puppy in Show
 National Working & Pastoral (UK)
 Mrs I Green - Iolair *
 1st Puppy Dog, Best Puppy in Breed
 Irish Ladies Ch Show
 Mr J McCartan 
 1st Junior Dog, GS, BOB and Group 3rd
 Deise Ch Show
 Mrs L Campion
 1st Puppy Dog, GS, BOB and Group 3rd
 NORBEL Club Speciality (UK)
 Mrs B Simpson - Leircote *
 1st Puppy Dog, Best Puppy Dog
 Munster Canine Ch Show
 1st Puppy Dog, GS and BOB
 BSD Club of Ireland Speciality
 Mr G Christensen (Den) *
 1st Puppy Dog, GS, Res BOB and
 Best Puppy in Show
 Scottish Kennel Cub (UK)
 Mrs D Stansbury *
 1st Puppy Dog, Res CC, Best Puppy in Breed
 Hibernian Ch Show
 Mr J Walsh
 1st Puppy Dog, GS and BOB
 Birmingham National (UK)
 Mrs J Rual
 1st Puppy Dog, Best Puppy in Breed
 South Tipp Ch Show
 Mr J Reynolds (Can)
 1st Puppy Dog, GS and BOB
 Fermpy International Show
 Mrs G Gulbransen (NZ)
 1st Puppy Dog, Best Puppy, Puppy Group 2
 Banbridge Ch Show
 Mrs P Dempsey
 1st Puppy Dog, GS and Res BOB
 Combined International Show
 Mr T Bystrom (Nor)
 1st Puppy Dog, Best Puppy, Puppy Group 1st
 Res Best Puppy in Show
 IKC Celtic Winner SHow
 Mr M Leonard
 1st Puppy Dog, GS and Res BOB
 Celtic Winner '10
 Newtownards Ch Show
 Mr V O'Brien
 1st Puppy Dog, GS and BOB