Belgian Tervuren of Distinction 
 

History 

In 1960 Edeltraud Laurin acquired a  five - year - old Belgian Tervuren male, Flair de Fauve Charbonne, and in 1961 Kandice de Fauve Charbonne came to join the Laurin Family. Thus, Chateau Blanc kennel was established.  Both dogs were among the most important of U.S. Tervuren. Both finished their championships and went on to be ABTC National supported winners - Flair in 1964 and Kandice in 1967. (The supported shows were the forerunners of the ABTC National Specialties).
  

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Flair de Fauve Charbonne
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Chateau Blanc Today 

Janina Laurin  took over the day-to-day management of Chateau Blanc's breeding and showing in 1985 and is currently a judge the AKC Herding Group. She judged the Belgian Tervuren National Sweepstakes and the Belgian Malinois National Sweepstakes in 1996, the Puli Club of America National Sweepstakes in 1999 and the New England Bouvier Specialty Sweepstakes in 1999. In 2000 she judged the American Belgian Laekenois National Specialty, the Tervuren National twice and both the Belgian Sheepdog and Malinois Nationals.
 
Janina served two terms as President of the American Belgian Tervuren Club,  served as secretary, Board member and for the last sixteen years has been the AKC Delegate. She has also been past showchair and Board member for Newtown and current showchair for Putnam Kennel Club.  In 2002, Janina and Chateau Blanc was honored by the American Kennel Club as Herding Breeder of the Year at the AKC/Eukanuba Classic in Orlando, Florida.
 
In 2003, she judged a record entry at the Belgian Tervuren National Specialty in St. Louis, Missouri. Janina was tapped to participate in a roundtable of breeding responsibility with other group breeders of year and AKC Board of Directors in late 2003. She currently shares her home with the irrepressible multiple group winning Ch. Chateau Blanc's High Society (Harley) RN CD and the curious fun-loving multiple group winning Ch. Chateau Blanc's Jessie RN CD and her husband George Schneider.
 
Darlene Laurin is the kennel’s primary whelper of litters and handler.  She has piloted several of our dogs to advanced herding titles, multiple High in Trials and championships (Ch. Chateau Blanc’s Desert Wind) and the kennel’s first dual champion DC Multiple group placer Ch. Chateau Blanc’s Gold Reserve. Darlene is an AKC licensed herding judge and dabbles with her twosome in tracking and obedience as well. Darlene has judged the herding trial events for the GSDC of America, the American Belgian Tervuren Club, the American Belgian Malinois Club , Briard Club of America and the Collie Club of America.  Darlene has shown most of the kennel’s dogs to multiple Best In Shows, Best in Specialties and National Specialty wins since the late 1980s.  She shares her home with multiple BIS/BISS National Specialty GrCh Mishaook’s Lulu @ Chateau Blanc and the recent import “aka the French Fry” Ch. Jagger du Pays des Sept Vallees.
  

Our Philosophy

We are firm believers that each dog receive zealous attention to conditioning and training. It has been our experience that this provides for a high competitiveness regardless of the venue they compete in. While the dogs we personally own may not compete in every available venue, they are ready physically and mentally for the challenge. This philosophy has led for a very successful 40-plus years in dogs. The early successes of the kennel would not have been possible without the support of Edeltraud's sister and brother-in-law Gerlinde and Bill Hockla.


All dogs owned by Chateau Blanc are breeder-owner-handled. We are quite proud of being among a handful of breeder/owners still  actively campaigning their own dogs with longevity in the breed.  On occasion you will see our dogs shown with family friends Jessie or Joanne Thibault due to conflicting judging schedules of the family in the Northeast.
  

  
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Kandice de Fauve Charbonne
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Kandice, owner handled by Mrs. Edletraud Laurin (or her sister Mrs. Gerlinde Hockla), became the first Belgian Tervuren bitch to hold both a champion and CDX title as well as being a group placing bitch in the then Working Group.
 
The emphasis on multi - titled and talented Tervuren was to become one of the hallmarks of Chateau Blanc.
 
A more amplified version of the Chateau Blanc beginnings may be found in the ABTC book,  The Complete Belgian Tervuren  under "Famous Tervuren Kennels".

From the 1960's to the present, Chateau Blanc has maintained a small number of dogs on its premises and limited its breeding program to once a year or once every two years.
 
A zealous approach towards temperament and quality has resulted in a highly successful 50 years in dogs.  Over 75% of the dogs produced have completed their championship of these over 85% have attained performance titles in one or more venues - agility, obedience, schutzhund, herding and flyball.


At Chateau Blanc it's a Family Affair 
 
Mrs. Edeltraud Laurin is an AKC judge of all breeds in the Herding, Working and Sporting Group and several non-sporting breeds. She has had the distinct honor of judging the Belgian Tervuren National Specialty twice.  She has also judged the Belgian Sheepdog American and Canadian Nationals twice. Edeltraud has judged the Westminster Kennel Club show on several occasions and was one of the original judges for the inaugural comeback of the famous Morris & Essex show in 2000 and 2005.   She has judged internationally in Europe, South America and Canada. She served as President and Board member of the American Belgian Tervuren Club, founding and current chair of the Education Committee and represented the United States Belgian Tervuren at the "100 Years of Belgians" in Belgium. In 2001, Edeltraud was the recipient of the President's Award for her work with the ABTC Education Committee and earlier in her career was recipient of the Gaines Medal of Good Sportsmanship and again in 2013 the President’s Award.

Mrs. Laurin is the author of the first breed book on the Belgian Tervuren, "Your Belgian Tervuren" and one of the author's of the club's definitive books on the breed published by MacMillan "The Belgian Tervuren".   Edeltraud also served as president of the Nathan Hale Obedience Club in the early 1970s, founded the Eastern Connecticut German Shepherd Club and was co-breeder of one of the Newfoundland Club of America's #1 BIS and National Specialty winners.

Mrs. Laurin currently shares her home with the beautiful multi Group National Specialty Select GrCh Chateau Blanc Olivier and Tiger (the cat).