Mon Amie Story

Hello, my name is Gina Klang. I was born in Detroit Michigan and moved to California at an early age. I have always been an avid animal lover for as long as I can remember. I owned American Saddlebreds in my younger years and enjoyed riding and showing them until I left for college in the early 80’s. I attended Stephens College in Columbia Missouri where I studied equine management and journalism. I have been lovingly owned over the years by a toy poodle, an Irish setter, a cocker spaniel, a bichon, a lhasa apso, a pitbull shepherd mix, two boxers, several whippets, and  two havanese.

It was not until I was married that I found my niche in dogs.  I owned my first show dog or what I thought was my first show dog in the late 80’s-a boxer named Betsy. I soon learned that Betsy was not a show dog at all. But, I did learn the basics of dog showing. In 1995, I successfully owned and finished my first briard champion Mon Jovis Lolipop and my fascination with Briards began.

And, so began MON AMIE. Mon Amie translated means My Friend in French. Because,  France is the briards country of origin and because I view Briards as my best friends I thought it a very befitting name.  It did not take long for me to realize that my life not only centered around my family but my briards as well.   I cannot imagine my life without a briard or should I say briards.  After owning many other breeds, there is to me no other dog that measures up.

Over the years, I have had the pleasure to have many beautiful dogs win at The Garden at regional and national briard specialties.  They have also won the herding group and received Awards of Merit. There are no greater feelings of success than to have dogs that I own or have bred do well. I own  the 2002 Winners Dog and Reserve Winners Bitch from the Briard Club of America’s National Specialty.  I bred and co-own the Winners Bitch and Award of Merit winner from the 2004 Briard National Specialty, bred the 2005 Reserve Winners Dog and Best of Opposite in Sweeps dog from the Briard National Specialty and also bred and own the 2006 Reserve Winners bitch and Best Junior Puppy In Sweeps from the Briard National Specialty, bred and own the Reserve Winners Bitch and Best Puppy from the 2008 Briard National Specialty, bred and own the Best of Opposite Sex winner from the 2009, along with the 2015 Best Of Opposite Sex winner at the Westminster Kennel Club show. Our dogs also hold many performance and herding titles.

I have made it my life’s dream to breed sound dogs of both mind and body. I actively work through my breeding program to breed dogs for the betterment of the breed. My goal is to better my own lines and to reproduce beautiful representations of this amazing breed.

I am currently loved by not only the Briards, but my husband, and my three children.

© 2015 Mon Amie Briards