Daneskjold means the shield of the Danes.
We started in 1985 handling two tervueren, which we trained in a civil program, containing only obedience, searching and tracking, but no defense work. We did very well in that program and we even did our first A-litter with these dogs. When we got the possibility to do the IPO program, we tried with our tervueren, but they were not breed for that program and they did not have what was necessary.
We became aware that malinois had better working abilities. But we were not told that malinois had working lines and show lines. At that time there were only show lines in Denmark and we did buy that type of malinois. We tried for some years to do IPO with show lines and we did not succeed very well either. We did our B, C, D and E litters on show lines.
Then we tried to breed our show line malinois to working line malinois, as we thought, like others before us, that we could get both exterior and working abilities at the same time. But we got malinois that was neither good show dogs nor good working dogs. Our F and G litters were such combinations.
In 1993 we jumped in at the Halusetha's kennel in Holland, trying to find good looking malinois for breeding, not knowing that we came to one of that times largest sport dog kennels in Holland, owned by Sonja and Hans van Rossum. Hans was dog handler for the Dutch Military and had several times been champion at the Dutch Championship KNPV (police dogs), but with dogs without FCI pedigrees. Hans had started breeding malinois with FCI-pedigrees and was vice champion at the Dutch championship KNPV 1995 with Lando (FCI-pedigree) (photo to the left, Hans and Lando). Besides Hans was Dutch champion IPO 3 with his bitch Ika, both for Belgian Shepherd and for all breed.
Sonja was World Champion IPO 3 for Belgian Shepherds in 1998 with Halusetha's Igor, a son of Ika.
Hans and Sonja came to change upside down what we had learned and heard about working malinois . At that time Hans and Sonja had 17 malinois in their kennel. One at a time their malinois came out of their kennels to say hello to us, all very open, friendly and happy dogs. Halusetha's malinois were strong dogs with high drive and they did really like to work. At Halusetha's we saw, what we had been looking for in our minds for several years, not knowing where to find it. We started all over again with malinois from Halusetha's, convinced about we were doing it the right way this time. Later we got a success in breeding that we never dreamt about.
We got several dogs from Halusetha's, among those Halusetha's Bobby, with which Finn became Scandinavian Champion IPO 3 in 1997, 1998 and 2000. Two time vice champion IPO 3 for all breed in Denmark and six times participant at World Championships IPO 3 for Denmark.
From Hans we got Snake (photo left) when 2,5 years old. Margit took Snake to IPO 3. Snake became the foundation of our breed of malinois sport dogs. Snake is one of the bitches in World having most offspring participating at the world champion ships. To be mentioned are Halusetha's Donder, Halusetha's Diego, Daneskjold Hasse, Daneskjold Hard, Daneskjold Jackpot, Daneskjold Joker, Daneskjold Lobo, Daneskjold Luna and Daneskjold Lupus.
Snake is mentioned on several homepages all over the World as one of the most successful bitches for breeding, and her pups and grand pups are used for breeding in many countries.
Daneskjold Hasse (Körung 2 DMC, German Malinois Club), owner John Danielsen, Denmark, and Daneskjold Lupus, owner Wassilios Broumas, Germany, are two very used males for breeding in Germany and several other countries.
Daneskjold Nero (photo to the right), owner Torben Christensen, Denmark. Nero has after his very nice Körung 2 in DMC also been used for breeding in several countries as Germany, Austria and Sweden.
The Danish Champion IPO 3, all breeds, has three years in a row been a malinois from Daneskjold. In 2003 Ulrik Jonassen with Daneskjold Uzi (below to the left together with the owner of Daneskjold Unkas, Danny Craig, USA). In 2002 Henrik Hjort with Daneskjold Lobo (below, together with 3rd, Lene Geisler with Daneskjold Luna and 5th, Jens Dammann and Daneskjold Indy). Finally in 2001Tommy Eskildsen with Daneskjold Hard (below to the right).
We have been breeding dogs, that are doing well as rescue dogs (SAR), and the Danish Police Dog Program.
Daneskjold Pippi, owned by Carina Graversen, has participated at the World Championship for SAR dogs. Daneskjold Sherif (Magnus), owned by Jan Lindgaard were 2nd in the Danish Police Dog Program 2002 and 3rd at the Scandinavian Championship in Nordic Defense "Skydd" 2003.
Lone Nielsen with Daneskjold Oliver were winner of the Scandinavian Championship IPO 3, (photo left).
Daneskjold Jackpot, owned by Henk Bruggeman, were Dutch champion IPO 3, all breeds, 2003 (photo left).
Daneskjold Joker, owned by Karl Kührer, was Champion of Austria in IPO 3 for Belgian Shepherds and vice Champion all breeds (photo right).
Daneskjold Jupiter, owned by Achim Hilger, is police K9 in Germany, known for his courage and for his nose to find bombs and narcotics.
IPO World Championships
The Daneskjold breeding has been very successful at the IPO World Championships. John Danielsen with Daneskjold Hasse (photo left) was 6th at the FCI IPO World Championship in 1998 and 8th at the IPO World Championship Belgian Shepherds in 1999. Daneskjold Lupus and his owner and handler Wassilios Broumas were 5th at FCI IPO W.Ch. 2001. In 2002 Daneskjold Oliver, handled by Lone Nielsen 3rd at the FCI IPO W.Ch. and Tommy Eskildsen with Daneskjold Hard were 9th. Ulrik Jonassen with Daneskjold Uzi were in 2003 5th at the FCI IPO W.Ch.
In 2002 all 5 dogs in Danish team for the FCI IPO W.Ch. were malinois from Daneskjold.
Indy, Hard, Lobo, Luna and Oliver managed to win the silver medal for team.
As a memory the Working Dog Commission of the Danish Kennel Club (DKK) presented the silver cup to our kennel for the largest Danish success at a FCI W. Ch. in history. In addition we were honored by DKK with the needle of honor in gold for successful breeding of malinois.
In 2003 eight out of 89 participants at the IPO W.Ch. Belg. Sheph. were malinois from Daneskjold. Daneskjold Hard, Lobo, Luna, and Oliver (Denmark), Daneskjold Lupus (Greece), Daneskjold Joker (Austria), Daneskjold Jackpot (Holland), and Daneskjold Rambo (Sweden). Finally participated Finn with our own Bryan vom Haus Mecki, a son of Daneskjold Lupus.
Thank you very much Sonja and Hans van Rossum, for guiding us as beginners into to world of malinois for sport and working, and thanks for a lot for patience and understanding .
Thanks to Heiner Bruuns, kennel von der Wautz, who helped us to breed with the German malinois. Heiner is still a good adviser in questions about breeding .
Thanks to all of you, who have been working and work with our breed and for all the great results you have achieved for our kennel.
Margit and Finn