BIS, BISS Am, PR, Inter, Mex, World Ch Fracasse de Lindeau,
HOF,ROM, ROMP,HIC,TT,TDI,CGC, RassSelect*
Bred by Rob Ferber and Linda Wells Of Lindeau Briards
Ch Votre Magic Marker de Lindeau x Ch Dakar du Chemin des
Shaka finished his AKC Championship owner handled by Rick. It
was an achievement to finish a black Briard in the area at the
time, and it was an indication of things to come. Later, as a
mature Briard, Shaka and his beloved handler Martin Cabral made
Briard history. During his stellar show career, Shaka won 3
National Briard Club of America Specialties, retiring the Briard
Club of America's Challenge Trophy from the Veteran Class. He
won so many Briard Regional Specialties we have lost count. With
over 150 AKC group placements, and an FCI Best In Show, Shaka
was also the first black Briard to get an AKC Best In Show.
Shaka won the Pedigree Award in 1995, as the top Briard in the
At the World Show, he earned the coveted title, World Champion.
As icing on the cake, he placed 3rd in the Pastoral Group, we
believe this is one of the only times a Briard has placed in
Group in a World show. His quality was recognized around the
Shaka was a very active puppy who really believed that now that
he was here, the world was complete. As a puppy he greeted
everything and everyone with a leap and a smile…he would leap in
your arms… give you a very big kiss…and be off to bestow his
presence with someone else. He would pull pots and pans from
cupboards and drop them, he liked the noise. He was not happy
the day we discovered child locks for cupboards!
His appetite was legendary...a trait that he showed very young.
I will never forget the day that I walked into the kitchen and
pulled Shaka out of a puppy food bag. At about 13 weeks old he
got into the food and was determined to “finish the bag"! The 40
pound bag had been close to full before he started, and by the
time I pulled him out - well, he looked like someone blew him
up. The vet had a very hard time not laughing as he “assisted”
in the removal of the huge quantity of food. Shaka was fed for
much of his life from a muffin tin to slow down his eating, he
so loved his food. In fact, his food ethic was so strong that he
once tried to convince a lady friend that he could complete the
“deed” and have a quick snack, all at the same time. His girl
friend of that exact moment was not amused as she was “escorted”
across the room to the food dish!
Shaka’s temperament test was a wonderful example of his
character. Rick and Shaka went to the testing site. Rick had
never seen a temperament test, but it looked like fun. He and
Shaka started the course, the wire pen, the gun shot, noise,
hey, this is no big deal. When the aggressive stranger appeared
Shaka positioned himself between the stranger and Rick, at the
same time a dog fight broke out to the side of Rick. Shaka
changed his position to put himself between Rick and the
fighting dogs. The temperament tester later remarked that at
first he did not realize what Shaka was doing, but when he
realized that Shaka assessed the situation and deemed the dog
fight more of a threat to Rick and positioned himself
appropriately. He marveled at what a “magnificent” dog Shaka
truly was. That was our Shaka………..
One of his other great loves was any orange traffic cone. Many
Briarders can tell you stories of Shaka and his parking cones.
Once leaving a benched show, Shaka grabbed a cone…now he did
this in front of the police, who at first were a bit cranky
about a big black dog stealing their cone. They watched as Shaka
gleefully claimed his “prize", Shaka entered the hotel with
Shaka had a very strong sense of self. When Shaka walked into a
room, or into a show ring, heads turned…this was a dog that
would not go unnoticed. He, together with Martin, made Briard
history…there were so many firsts. First black Briard to go FCI
Best, first black Briard to go AKC Best, and he and Martin won
more Briard specialties than any black Briard before or since.
And first in our hearts forever...he taught us the meaning of
Briard…and forever changed our lives. Our hope is that everyone
can experience that “once in a lifetime Briard”, it will forever
*What do all the letters mean?
AKC - American Kennel Club, the governing body of dogs shows in
FCI - Federation Cyanologue Internationale, the oversight body
for dogs shows in every other country in the world.
BCA - Briard Club of America, the parent organization for the
Briard in the US
BIS - Best in Show, awarded at an all breed show
BISS - Best in Show Specialty, awarded at shows of Briards only
Am. PR, Int, Mex, World - these are championships awarded in
different countries, and by the AKC and FCI organizations. Shaka
had American (AKC), Puerto Rican, International, Mexican, and
World (FCI) championships.
HOF - member of the BCA Hall of Fame, earned by achievement.
ROM - Registry of Merit of the BCA, earned by siring Champions.
ROMP - Registry of Merit Performance of the BCA, earned by
siring offspring who have earned working titles, such as in
obedience or herding.
HIC - Herding Instinct Certificate
TT - Temperament Tested, a title awarded by the American
Temperament Test Society, following a rigorous test.
TDI - Therapy Dog, indicating Shaka passed a test to determine
if he had the capability to act as a therapy dog.
CGC - Canine Good Citizen, a title awarded by AKC
RassSelect - the highest possible rating, received from two
European judges at the BCA Rassemblement.