October 2013

All poofed out and ready to show?



………just kidding.



After Vennie got all brushed out after her bath 2 weeks ago, she was weighed in at 17.45 k and measured at 54. Almost 11 months old and quite predictable…then we went to water to make her day and be ready with a look “au naturel” for the show. We are there to have fun and meet new Barbets.

Years ago, people were happy to share information…


Years ago, like in the 30s when there was perhaps a bit more solidarity between people, people were happy to share information to help forward a cause. Nowadays, you can basically get insulted for sharing anything that might be of interest…A case of some thinking that you may know more than them, I guess. No one is interested. The only thingh that counts is their dog and what beauties their female produced. Who cares where they came from.Of no consequence!



It’s probably intresting to some to find out out a color can change. Change into something nice or even really ugly. That is the reason, or one of the reasons I collect pieces of dog coats. In a selection process, it is important.







This was a subject to be dealt with at our world famous “symposium”…never happened due to the Fonzy5****ù* manipulation of her “friends”.

This is called roaning. It is not a standard color since 1987. It is a Barbet color that was taken out of the standard so only Poodle colors would prevail. There are a lot of out of standard colors running around and several winning dogs arhour non- standard colors…

Coccolina carries it. Meaning her ancestors carry it…she is not solely responsible for the color! It goes back to the 80’s meaning it is not a Jean Claude Hermans re-incarnated Barbet color…So, thinking I was giving information to this person on our global social network, I got zapped…That is how people communicate. OMG, your dog could be more important than mine. Oh my.

Lots of foreign dogs have out of standard colors, but since judges don’t look at the dogs but who makes them, it is not a problem.

That leads me to my first piece of intéressant information coming from swissland:

Lennon is roaning. Well, guees what is in the pedigree? You guessed.

AND another Serena is roaning. Yes. Fabulous, fantastic.

Made my day. So I got zapped, but I did copy the post for the Barbet archives.

Vieux Barbet has roan. Barbet Moderne does not…

Thank you.


Major report about the Barbet in Finland

Of course, I do not understand Finnish and that is my problem, but it is obvious that a lot of work has gone into it and it is published for everyone to read. You agree or not with what they do is not the point. They are doing it and informing people who are interested…….that is major in our Barbet world, where everyone makes sure they hide as much as possible, you never know.

And yes they have done it before. They imported the first Barbet Turnix* in 2002 and I am sure they would have been happy to know more about the breed, then…as many of us. 2002, the year I got Thelma and started wondering about the breed. My second mistake.




What’s in a mind?


Life with 7 dogs, of which 3 are males…how do I do it? I don’t really know but I certainly owe it to them and how they manage each other, and certainly not how well I TRAINED EACH OF THEM INDIVIDUALLY TO BE A GREAT DOG…they were great because it was in their genes. I am convinced.

People regularly ask me “how do you do it?” Well, I said it before and say it again, I take no credit.

You find a lot of garbage and slandering and attacking on your global social networks, but when you manage to sort out what idiotic stuff you see and read, it’s nice to find really interesting links that you would not have had access to otherwise.

What’s in a body?


Booly Wooly and Froggy: both 59 cms. When they are measured the judge will generally ask me what their size is and  as I know, it’s “just” a question of double checking.



Froggy weighs just over 25 kilos and Guyguy not much more than 23*. I have no reason to lie about it as some do regularly and others find it humorous to defy the standard to promote dogs. What’s the point?

* Tiboubou, Guyguy’s father was 62/63 and weighed around 23. That means he had real small poodle type bones despeite his size.

I would be happy to see a dog that weighs 30 k and is not obese at 54 cms….


The type that wins is not always the one the standard is all about…

Regardless of the breed, and more closely looking at ours, dogs being poofed out like bobtails, or on the other hand: matted( I didn’t say stinky) and hidden under their coat can win of course, this is not a scoop. Under a deluge of socutesonice, breed types are being altered by the ones just looking for fame fortune?, and recognition by peers who know not more than they do about the poor breed they are contributing to its downfall…in a nutshell.


French Lover’s great news: 4/6 on the SCC selection grid!




I am extremely excited about it and proud of him! He reached this level due to his B hips, 2 excellents ( one in a “Spéciale” and one at the Club Specialty show with 2 different judges) and the most important: the BCE 1st level which characterize his retrieving and hunting skills a Barbet must have.

French ( Froggy) is my second male to have reached the 4/6 level on the selection grid after Booly Wooly. Both were born here, in Breese and raised by me, with tlc.

Froggy’s grand-mother, Coccolina reached the rare 5/6, herself and should soon been having a 5th generation of descendance.What more can you ask for?

When you think that 15 years ago, Barbets were not allowed to enter dog shows in Working Class…socutesonice?


Where are they?

Barbet_bed   There is a pecking order…Thelma, Guyguy and Coccolina CAN be on the bed. Generally Froguette gets on in the morning…and Vennie jumps on it to annoy Guyguy, but gets right off. Those of you who do not have a pack will never understand that there is an order in which things are done each morning and how they all greet each other every day. Guyguy being the most loquacious as he does not like to be distubed too early. I must film it one day. It is pretty awesome to see how they respect each other.

Something humans can probably learn from…their own dogs.

I would add that they do not all sleep on the bed, and they are all clean enough to do so!