Miriam and her family had several dogs when she was young. These included Brussels Griffons, Boston Terriers, a Cocker, Wire Fox and Irish Terriers. She got her first Boxer in 1922 when she was in her early 1920s. They became a lifelong passion. She established Barmere – combining her daughter Barbara’s name with the sound of hers – in Cedarhurst on Long Island. Barbara also became a “dog person” but pursued their interest in Brussels Griffons. She later married becoming Barbara Cosgrove. The Barmere facilities were state of the art with heated kennels, whelping facilities and a full kitchen. She imported or owned four of the first top producers – Sigurd and Zorn von Dom along with 5 or 6 others came from the Stockmanns. CH Paddy v Hohenneuffen (of Barmere) DOM and CH Ada v Trantal of Barmere. Mrs. Breed finished close to 60 boxer champions, 41 of which Barmere bred.
Many of the Boxers imported from Germany were closely related to the von Dom lines. The Stockmanns had one of the top breeding kennels in Germany between WWI and WWII. They were also very aware of the likely political future. Several breeders sold their best Boxers to be exported to the US, building a pool of compatible bloodlines that would produce to each other.
Miriam’s first purchase was CH Dodi vd Stoeckersburg in 1933. Dodi’s dam had been imported in whelp. She was bred by Henry Stoecker, one of the early Boxer handlers who later became a well-known all breed judge. Dodi was the first American-bred bitch to finish. Dodi was bred to ICH Check von Hunnenstein, the first Boxer to win an all-breed Best in Show in the US. She was bred to Sigurd in 1935 & produced CH Banner of Barmere, the first of many homebred Barmere boxers to finish.
Miriam Z Breed (Hostetter, Young) imported several Boxers from Germany prior to WWII beginning in 1934 with ICH Sigurd von Dom of Barmere LOM, grand-sire of Dorian, Lusting & Utz. CH Just von Dom of Barmere & Venus v Isebeck of Barmere both by Sigurd, were among those imported. Sigurd was owned and bred by the Stockmanns of Munich, Germany and was already very well known in Europe both in the ring and as a sire. Sigurd had gained the Fawn Sieger title twice in Germany as well as in Austria, Denmark, Sweden & Norway. He acquired the Weltsieger (World Champion) title and won the Wonderpris carving before he was imported to the US. He sired several titled Boxers in Germany and 26 American champions, including seven that were imported from Europe, and four Sires and Dams of Merit.
Sigurd was imported to the US and finished for Barmere by Charles Ludwig (not uncommon in the day due to government restrictions in Germany & the US). He arrived by ship two weeks before Morris & Essex in July 1934. Despite being under his ideal weight of 75 lbs., Sigurd won winners dog (July 17, 1929) and then finished his championship in October at the age of 5 years. He was by Sieger Iwein v Dom out of Belinde Hassia. (both grandchildren of SGR Caesar v Deutenkofen.). Sigurd was campaigned extensively in the US, finishing his championship and taking a record 54 BOB, 43 Group 1s (Non-Sporting) and 2 all-breed BIS. One of the more unusual wins of his career being at ABC in 1936. He was one of four Boxer males shown in the team class. The picture of the four of them with Miriam has been published several times. The four intact males were Kniff vd Blutenau of Barmere (by Lustig), CH Banner of Barmere, CH Just von Dom of Barmere, and ICH Sigurd von Dom of Barmere – a reminder that imported Boxers often had Schutzhund training. Banner was the only American-Bred to finish in 1936 (he may have been the first American Bred Champion. Just had been shown in Germany prior to his importation. He was only beaten there by Lustig. Sigurd was Sire of the Year in 1936. He died March 3, 1942 at 12 years and 8 months from a heart attack. Three of his producers were born in Germany. Esta vd Wurm (the U has an umlaut, pronounced Weurm), dam of Utz & Lustig von Dom and Zorn v Dom (sire of Utz & Lustig as well as 9 other American Champions, all imports), SGR Fachinger v Neu-Droesdow, assisted by imports, and his only American-bred producer, CH Quest of Mazelaine.
Mrs. Breed imported Paddy v Hohenneuffen (of Barmere) who finished in 193?. Paddy was bred to Fachinger in 1935 and produced 2 champions (Commander & Candida). She was bred to Sigurd later in the year and produced 2 more (Eitel & Etfa) making her a DOM.
Two bitches finished in 1937. CH Blanka vd Bosperwald of Barmere, dam of two champions by Sigurd (Quality & Qui Sais). She was followed quickly by Siegern Ada v Trantal of Barmere. Ada, a Sigurd granddaughter, was bred back to him in 1938 and produced CH Top Notcher of Barmere. The breeding was repeated in 1939 and produced four champions (Edel & Edra).
In 1937 Mrs. Breed made a last trip to Germany where she met up with Mazie Wagner. They brought back several boxers including one of the current winners, CH Bastel v Elbuffer of Barmere, by Lustig out of Tea v Esebeck (a winning bitch in Germany). Two imported bitches acquired on that trip also finished in the US and produced champions bred to . Many were well aware of the political situation in Europe. Philip Stockmann chose & trained war dogs during both WWI & II. The Nazis took over all registries (canine, livestock, etc.) and placed restrictions on owners exporting them (the money was being sent out of Germany). The German Boxer Club, headquartered in Munich, petitioned the government to declare the Boxer a Working Dog. Working Dogs received ration cards. Many breeders sent their best breeding stock to the US to protect them and the bloodlines. It must have been very difficult for the Stockmanns to part with Sigurd, Lustig, Utz, Just and all the others. American breeders were able to send assistance to them during the war.
Miriam bought a fawn bitch from Wagner’s, CH Fantasia of Mazelaine, and finished her in 1939 (Dorian x CH Dagmar of Mazelaine). In 1938 she held a dispersal sale of 60 Boxers, keeping Sigurd. She married Bill Breed, a popular Dog News columnist in July of 1938 and lost him to a terminal illness the next year.
Mrs. Breed moved to California in 1942. She bought a bitch by Utz out of CH Nocturne of Mazelaine, CH Vivance of Mazelaine. Vivance was bred to CH Warlord of Mazelaine in 1945 and they produced CH Mad Hatter of Barmere. She was bred to CH Kobang of Sirrah Crest in 1946. This resulted in a litter of “Quick” boxers in 1946. CH Quick Sand of Barmere finished in 1949. Her littermate CH Quick Silver of Barmere, finished in 1947. Quick Scandal was shown a little but her white extended over half her head! Quick Sand was bred in 1947 to ACC Mahderf’s El Chico and produced CH Yarmouth of Barmere. His sister, Yolanda of Barmere was bred to Bang Away in 1950 and produced three champions – Barmere’s Trouble Shooter, Talisman & Toastmaster.
Mrs. Breed judged the first Futurity in 1947. Classes were 6-9 & 9-12 only. GF winner was Nonita of Cross Acres from the 9-12 BB class. Reserve GF was Victory Song of Rye Top from the FB class. Both finished in 1947. She bought and campaigned Nonita to Boxer Bitch of the Year for 1947 and won an all-breed BIS in 1948 under John Wagner, handled by Harry Sangster. Nonita, a daughter of CH Schoolmaster of Mazelaine, was bred to Larry Downey’s CH Zack von Dom and produced CH Quick Seduction of Barmere. She held a second dispersal sale in 1951 and kept only Ch. Nonita of Cross Acres, CH Barmere’s Locket and 4 puppies. Several of these finished in the early 1950’s. The last Barmere champions were born in 1960. They were out of CH Barmere’s Eloise by ACC Barrage of Quality Hill LOM – CH Barmere’s Veronica & CH Barmere’s Vanessa who’s head study appeared on the cover of a Boxer book.
Mrs. Breed was an early supporter of Dogs for the Blind, donating several Boxers as Seeing Eye dogs. She continued this after the move to California with donations to a paraplegic program at the Birmingham Hospital for the service men in her more town of Van Nuys, California. After the second dispersal she moved to Bel Air. She owned at least 32 American champions and bred 41.
Mrs. Breed was a founding & charter member of ABC and was very active in club affairs. She was on the board from 1938 to 1956. She served as Secretary from 1940 to 1951. She was President from 1952 to 1954 and Vice-President in 1955. She served on the Show Committee & was in charge of “entries from California” in 1948. She was also Librarian from 1939 to 1959 and served on the Trophy and Advertising Committees several years. After the move she joined the Boxer Club of Southern California. And was an officer in that club.
She often donated special trophies and Annual Awards such as the small trays she commissioned at Tiffany’s of New York with a head study of Sigurd on them. ABC offered medals in 1942 at Westminster. These are gold with a blue enameled border. The boxer head was obviously done by an expert. The 3½” BOB medal won by Utz and the 1¼” Winners Bitch won by Volante were found in the Mazelaine estate. The ABC medals used for Legion of Merit, Good Sportsman and Futurity trophies are replicas of them.