This article is originally published in the Finnish HH club magazine Holsku 2/97 later in Pitkäkarvaposti 1/99 and later on translated to the Swedish and Norwegian Club magazines of Hollanders

The YELLOW HOLLANDSE HERDERS
Note that beeing yellow DOES NOT carry any disease within!

Asla is still wet -photo by Liisa Kukkanen

Both colourings -photo by Liisa Kukkanen

Here a yellow puppy on the day of birth

The yellow colour turns more clear in the course of time, here the puppies are about three weeks old.

There are yellows in all hair variations

The yellow colour is not acceptable in Hollandse Herders. Quickly thought it doesn't exsisit at all, because you can't see them anywhere. But the more you dig in the subject the more you find yellows. The colour 'without stripes' can be found (surprise-surprise) in every hair variation. But maybe most in the longhaireds. Unfortunately the facts about the yellows have to be digged up - people do not talk about them loudly. Well, maybe this has recently changed little by little. . The fact is that most breeders just put away the yellows and don't admit that they have ever seen puppies of that unacceptable colour. Some other breeders put the puppies away, but admit that they were born. Then there are also some breeders who are not aware of the yellow (like me!) or otherwise are too soft-minded to kill healthy puppies. But, let us talk now about the yellows - so no future breeders have to get a lighter puppy (they are not born as pure yellow, but more beige) without knowing what it will become.

 

Acceptable and non-acceptable colours

'Abnormal' colouring comes in many other breeds, too. For example the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren has greys (which are non-acceptable in some countries, but not forbidden in Finland). Also Boxers have a speciality of their own - the white ones. Earlier the white Boxers were put away without a notice, but nowadays these puppies are queued for longer (at least in Finland). Unfortunately the white Boxers are often albinos and deaf (which obviously is the reason for ignoring the colour) In Hollandse Herders the 'wrong' colour doesn't bring in any illness, it is just not acceptable. Maybe that is due to the fact that the yellow colour easily makes people to think that there is a Tervueren. And when you already with a brindle HH often haer people assuming that your dog is a mixture Belgian Shpeherd, it would not be so nice to explain that the yellow puppy is not related to any Tervueren!

 

A small lesson of inheritability

The yellow colour comes from a resessive gene. So to become yellow a puppy has to herit that gene from both parents and that means that both of the parents have to carry that gene. You can't see it out from a brindle dog that it carries the yellow gene and the only way to find it out is to breed with the dog. So the only way to name for sure that the dog carries the yellow gene is to see a yellow puppy after the dog. To find out that a dog doesn't carry the yellow gene you have to mix it with another which is known to carry the yellow gene. And eve then you don't always get yellow puppies.

 

The hopeless mathematics

From Holland I have heard of yellows in all hair variations. Myself I know more only about the longhaireds - so I tell more about them. As the gene basics have been very narrow a yellow bitch has been used for breeding in Holland. That bitch is named mischa v.d. Osse Bossen (Arvensis' Doerack x Maske v.d. BreŽ). So the gene-maths tells us that both of the parents must carry the yellow gene. And: these two stud dogs are behind most Finnish longhaireds! So the question is: who carries yellow and for how many generations? Well, none of us can answer to that question. Anyway I know by experience that there are two yellows (and they're both registered, too) in my first litter of Aysal Langhe v't Noorder Erf x Svartskenens Antika Cinnamon. What a luck for a biginning breeder! A totally black dog (=too much stripes) is allowed to live and even to attend dog shows and to receive certificates (CACs) and even to become a champion, but a yellow (=too less stripes) is not useful anywhere. Although it would have normally coloured puppies when used for breeding with a non-yellow-gene-carrier. And even with a yellow-gene-carrier it should get 50%

 

Asla & Rella -photo by Liisa Kukkanen

Lissunmustan Aslan Aysal on the left and his sister Azarella Antika on the right

More photos of yellow longhaired HHs see Lissunmustan puppies Amorina, Aslan, Ceddar, Heer Geel and Het Geel Azarella on Lissunmustan homepage.
List of the yellows and the yellow gene carriers