August 2013

Eurodog show in Geneva this Sunday

I have had people tell me it was really expensive and who wants to go there and have to pay the major toll to get onto the Swiss motorway system and how it really brought nothing to the dogs…agreed on all counts! However, Geneva is 1.5 hours from me and I thought it was important to take a working dog class there since they are few ( if any ) and far between in any show that even has Barbets in them.

Then I saw there were 2 at this show which is nice.

You have live stream apparently and since they will probably show the Lagottos, perhaps a Barbet will be in there somewhere. Live stream is fun to watch. Don’t think you will see me, but we will be there!

Just for fun!

Barbet_wallpaper …and 11 there were! And 11 there are. All are placed and yes, you want them all. BUT, how do you decide which one is best for you and your needs? It’s a very hard task and responsability to select. The breeder will hopefully help you by pre-selecting a pup that suits your needs. It’s extremely hard to decide who what how before they are “up and running”…. We all love colors, but color does not just a pup make. There are many other parameters to consider:  character, teeth, curls, and of course testicle for males. My friend Paula in Canada has an eye for selecting and testing dogs. She often helps many of us via photos taken a particular way and I hope to share her knowledge one of these days! I used to post a lot of photos of the pups growing up. I don’t anymore because people pick for color and it cost me a lot of money when I got sued for refusing to sell and undershot pup for reproduction. In France you have the vet’s ok at about 7 weeks of age and then you have an idea of which one is going where because you select the dog at that age ( which is still young, but if they leave at 8, you have no choice).  At 7/8 weeks you pretty much have an idea of what they are going to be like. If you want a champion, you pay the price and the pup stays until 4 months of age at the breeders and the only question mark after that is the hips. ( done here at 1 year) Not an easy task, to slect a dog and keep in mind that most often the breeder is going to also keep one of his little wonders for the future of his or her line.

Barbets -inbox!

This used to be a mail sorter back in “those” days at the post office. With all the recent pieces of furniture that have come my way, I could not push the walls any more, so JY, my friend accepted to take it in his new house. The dogs always having to be a part of everything that goes on, were found “guilty” standing in the mail slots. How can one ever get bored with these dogs……..they had to get out before we hit the road. They were of course thinking I would not see them!

Barbets: Vennie and Froggy.

Exceptional people who make it worthwhile

Ulysse Barbet_Abaya_Ulysse

Sometimes you are really fed up with  comments and sometimes you want to hug the people who are so polite, so respectful, so touching so pleasant and trustful and make your life worthwhile.

I will cherish this card along with the one I got from my friend Sirkka…

The Barbet and its survival is a loooooooooooong road and when you can trust people and work with them then you do feel blessed.

Abaya’s owners drove 3400 kms from the Baltic sea to Switzerland because they understood Ulysse was worth it for the future of the breed. I say “wow”.

For more info:

Bad teeth


I rarely have photos of what I call teeth “thrown into the mouth”, but I just found this one of Vera.It’s not real focused but you can see enough to see what I mean. There are discussions about teeth issues and small narrow jaws where teeth are not welcome. I have had undershot and have seen dogs confirmed in France that are undershot real bad and teeth problems( missing teeth happens alot) do not stop a dog from being a champion. Champion is not a reference for quality, it is often being in the right place at the right time or chatting up judges….and we all know a champion does not necessarily produce champions. Some avoid photos showing teeth, others show them bad, no problem. Look around, you will see!

Opening a can of worms…

Of course you’re supposed to know. Like when you get a speeding ticket and you were not aware of the speed limit, well the standard is the same thing. You are supposed to know what you can and cannot do when it comes to breeding like speeding. As an example, colors: so you can do everything listed but not what is not listed. As individuals we interpret, because we are intelligent ( we think we are) and we deduce that this is what is says, so we’re right on with our planned breeding.

But, more and more colors are coming out in the Barbet that are not necessarily black/ brown/sand( fawn) or white or pied( also misinterpreted)…there are other little things in there. Some of those little things make it that our dogs are going out of standard one by one: flecked, graying dogs ( not age), and some of the old colors which were taken out of the standard in 1986 but that is no longer our problem since we are in 2013 and our standard says 2006. The law is the law and the standard is the standard.

Now what? That is a very interesting question and I am certainly looking forward to how this is handled, when you think of how few births we have in France, to start and how many may not be standard. Ouch.I will not even mention other countyries where entire litters are out of standard colors.

One of the “items” that was supposed to be added back into the standard modification was the list of precise verboten colors. I think it was quite similar to the one listed in the link.Sooooooooooooo, conclusion?Not ours to reason why.



Hera di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco, and many others of this old hunting dog color.

She was probably born a shade of brown which got lighter and lighter, grayer and grayer until voilà! Game over……..

This above was done in 2011 as it says. Since yesterday, we now know that the Canadian standard is not FCI so they can do what they want. Shows to go you that when you decide on thse important “things” you really need to sit down, discuss all of the points before signing on the dotted line. Your decision is for years and years and you and all of us may be dead and 6-feet under before it ever changes.

Gatsby and Gatsby


Interesting post by the very active French Club on FB yesterday, referring to a Gatsby who has a non-standard color. I have had several people looking for him here, and I don’t know why; This is my Gatsby de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre, he is black, son of Coccolina and Chouffe. As guide dog, he couyld really be pink and black polka dots as he will never be confirmed in France . The dogs are picked on character criteria and not color.
Problem is, many dogs each year have the same name and when you don’t give their kennel name, it leads to confusion.
The Gatsby in “question” is a sable color with a graying coat and that is absolutely forbidden in the standard. The standard being the standard and no one can negociate it until the SCC accepts a modification.I like the color, many people do, but no one cares who “likes” and doesn’t.