Saturday 25th may 2024

Dhr. Rui Alves Monteiro (Portugal)

Rui had his first dog at the age of six, a Boxer cross named “Boxi”. His first experience with purebred dogs was in 1992 at the age of fifteen with the purchase of a Boxer.

Rui’s history with the Belgian Shepherd started in 2000 with a Belgian Shepherd Tervueren named “Degas” with whom he did Agility and competed in dog shows.

Upon the sudden death of his Tervueren in 2002, Rui decided to look for a Belgian Laekenois to help with the loss of his beloved Tervueren – still a Belgian but with a different look that would not resemble his beloved Degas.

The adventure started and the dedication to the Laekenois and later on the Shetland Sheepdog became a full time hobby for the entire family. In 2004 the Casa Mont’Alves Kennel name owned by Rui and his Children Isabela & Henrique Alves Monteiro, was registered in the FCI and the first litter was born in 2005.

The Mont’Alves owned and bred dogs achieved numerous prizes through the years such as: Best Laekenois of the Year in Portugal since 2005, numerous BOB and BIS at breed specialties, group placements in Portugal and abroad, best dog in the first group all breeds, World & European Winners, BOB at Crufts, champions in many countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, Gibraltar, Morocco, Norway, The Netherlands, South Africa, USA, and Croatia also recommended for breeding in several countries. The first Laekenois in the breed history to win Westminster was a Mont’Alves.

Mont’Alves dogs can be found in Portugal, Spain, England, Sweden, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Norway, France, Australia, Argentina, South Africa, USA, Canada, Mexico, Finland, Poland and Brazil and were the foundations for many Laekenois, Shetlands and Deerhounds kennels in the world.

From 2004 to 2019, Rui was President of the Portuguese Belgian Shepherd Club and  has judged the breed since 2011. His judging experience includes specialty shows in Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Norway, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Slovakia, Australia, USA, Mexico and the 125th breed anniversary in Belgium . He has also judge CAC and CACIB shows in Portugal, France, Gibraltar, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Holland and Ireland. Rui is authorized to award CACIB to the following breeds: All group 1 & 10 and Portuguese Water Dog, Estrela Mountain Dog and Azores Cattle dog.

Dhr. Pietro Bottagisio (Italië)

I was born in Lodi, a lovely historical town at around 30 km from Milano, Italy.

I have been involved in dogs since my childhood, my family always owned dogs like English Setters, Spinone Italiano, Kurzhaars and German Shepherds but my very first dog was, of course, a Belgian Shepherd, my breed.

I regularly breed Belgians Shepherds under the kennel name “Luavjan’s.

There are plenty of “Luavjan’s” champions in different countries, Group winners, Best In Specialty Show Winners, Best In Show Winners and top dogs all over Europe. I’ve also bred European Winner and a UKC Champion and AKC Champion in USA.

Most of my Belgian Shepherds practice sheepdog at the best levels.

Around 6 years ago I’ve decided to add a new member to my family, an outstanding Azawakh puppy girl.

She gave me the chance to discover a wonderful, unique and native breed, so special and different by all the other breeds that I met or owned in my life. She really made the difference. She is, of course, Multi Champion and Group Winner.

In the last 3 years I also have the privilege to share my life with a fantastic Griffon Bruxellois, a small breed with such a huge heart and personality. That’s why I have decided to work my way into the Toy and Utility Group.

I judged in the following countries:

Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and U.S.A.

In June 2013 I judged Belgian Shepherds at Milano World Dog Show.

I’m an FCI judge for the following breeds:

FCI Group 1: all breeds group judge;
FCI Group 2: Cane Corso;
FCI Group 4: all breeds Group judge;
FCI Group 5: all breeds Group judge;
FCI Group 8: Lagotto Romagnolo;
FCI Group 9: Belgians Griffons, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, King Charles Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, French Bulldog, Poodles, Chihuahua, Epagneul Nain Continental Papillon and Phalène, Maltese;
FCI Group 10: all breeds Group judge.

Sunday 26th may 2024

Miguel Casado

Hello, let me introduce myself,

My name is Miguel Ángel Casado Fernández.

I live in Palencia, a small town in the northwest of Spain.

I have been a Belgian Shepherd breeder since 1982, with the kennel name El Segadal.

Since 1995 I have been an International breed judge for the Belgian Shepherd breeds. Since then I have had the opportunity to judge Belgian Shepherd Specials in countries such as France, Spain, Ireland, USA and Argentina.

It will be a great pleasure for me to be in the Netherlands in 2024 and to enjoy your company and your registered dogs.

Kind regards to everyone,

Miguel Casado.

Firmin Aertgeerts

Dear all, I would like to introduce myself for those who don’t know me yet. My name is Firmin Aertgeerts and I have been married to Paula for 54 years. We live in Belgium. In 1975 we bought our first dog Zarka of the Two and after doing a few shows, we were completely captivated by this intelligent and beautiful breed. The Belgian Shepherd! Afterwards came Dolly van de Hoge Laer (Zarka x Beggy of the Two) and immediately 3 S.R in France for kennel van de Hoge Laer. Then came Grimm van de Hoge Laer, Cartoon du Perigord Vert etc…

I started taking lessons in Cynology and became a judge in 1997. I have had the honor of inspecting Belgian Shepherds for special breeds in many countries. In Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, the Czech Republic, England, USA and Australia. In 1998 we started the Grimmendans kennel, where Paula and I still get great satisfaction from breeding a litter every now and then. Our dogs and descendants are all over the world and we are proud of that. Great results achieved in many countries.

Besides the dogs, I have another great hobby and that is drawing and painting. You may have seen something like this on Facebook.

Thank you to the NVBH for this invitation and hope for beautiful weather and healthy sportsmanship.

Greetings, Firmin Aertgeerts