The famous Janssen Brothers of Arendonk are among the extremely few fanciers who have made the name of their pigeons not only known around the world, but also downright legendary. Take a look at the pedigrees of the top racers and breeders in any country and chances are very high you will find Janssen birds in there somewhere. Why this bloodline is such powerful breeding material is still open to debate, as is the question how the Janssen brothers have managed to keep their family so pure across decades. Fact is that a lot of champions owe their success to crossing some Janssen blood into their family line. Although Janssen pigeons are known for their exploits on the shorter distances, they have also done very well on middle and even long distances, where their combination of speed and stamina is able to shine.
The origin of the Janssen strain.
Without question the number 1 racing pigeon strain in the world is the strain developed by the Janssen Brothers from Arendonk, Belgium. It is a unique inbred family of pigeons that helped shape the pigeon sport, worldwide, after the second world war.
“De mannekes” (the men- a term of endearment) from Arendonk, after several years demonstrated their absolute dominance in their breeding ability. It was a closely guarded secret, that anyone who could get hold of pigeons from De Schoolstraat within a short time joined the realm of champions, simply because “the Janssen pigeon”, was of such a high quality, that they revolutionized the racing pigeon sport.
The Janssen Brothers became world famous, above all, through the performances obtained with their fantastic pigeons by the thousands of fanciers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany etc.
Their family friend, Jos de Klak became famous not only in the Netherlands, but worldwide with their pigeons and a number of other fanciers found that the pigeons they acquired from the brothers, were a gold mine. Descendants of the “Oude Stier”, “De Merckx”, “De 019”, “De Bange” : without exception, were gold in your hands. This showed that the Janssen Brothers had made breeding an art form. They had bred a glorious family of pigeons, a gift to the pigeon sport.