November 2013

Inherited from Halbran…

anal sac carcinoma…Has anyone heard of it? No, probably not because thoese who know who is who don’t advertise it. It is however another reality.

I saw Halbran suffering. Good thing Vincacao only died of old age. They could have blamed him…depstite the fact that he had healthy siblings just like him. When you want to condemn a line, you can always find a way.

What has the Irish Water Spaniel brought to the Barbet?


Have you ever thought why some used “this” rather than that? No? You have been spoonfed distorted facts for years? You have never worried about it?

If you sat down and thought for yourself, do you think it would help?

  1. Why  are some dogs of a nice brown that doesn’t fade some a patchwork of several different shades of brown and coat textures…that turn gray?
  2. Why are some black dogs born black and before age 3 are completely real gray? You know that is a poodle issue…but do you know that or were you told it was “normal” for a Barbet?
  3. Why are some dogs avoided like the plague for they are supposed to be sick or carriers of every disease under the sun? We all know that the poodle has had many issues, especially the standard poodle as there are less and less due to too much inbreeding ( a simplified concept) in the lines we all know?
  4. Why are some dogs avoided for they may carry hunting genes in countries where you cannot hunt?
  5. Why are some dogs refused for having the lighter colored eyes that SWD s have? Is it because of the eyes or their working ability or simple eugenics?
  6. Why are the Finns redoing a cross, this time with a SWD? ( last time was the Pont Audemer Spaniel)?
  7. Why do you think the Poodle is so used into the Barbet?
  8. What do you think the Poodle genes have brought to the Barbet?
  9.  Were you led to believe that the Barbet was on purpose crossed with an IWS because the breeder wanted to? Have you ever thought about the other side to your coin?…

Well, perhaps, some of you ought to sit down and put your thinking cap on? Might be high time for it.

The one who said their Barbet was a hunter and it is a nice friendly type, brown  color that doesn’t fade..;do you think it came from the hunting line it belongs to or also the IWS natural ability to hunt?

Breeding just to breed is not called selection. Real breeders can justify their choices.

Can you? Do I ask too many questions? How many can you answer on your own?

Photo: courtesey of Michael Roeterdink

It’s all in the head..

Barbet_nothead*Recently,I saw on your favorite social network, some comments from some people who as everyone we know in the Barbet world, are experts on detecting when a Barbet is or not a Barbet…

Well? Is a SWD a Barbet? Is  Poodle a Barbet? Is a Cao a Barbet? Think about it.

It is all in the head ( and the tail). After xxx years of crossing lines, it would appear that ther ought to be some homogeneity in the breed. Do you think there is?


There seems to be more and more of a cleavage and for the clever ones, you should be able to look at a dog and see what’s in it at a glance. I did it at the clubshow in the Netherlands. It was a great experience! Don’t forget the short tail hidden very often when it is a bit too short…

* yes, this is a Barbet with an Irish Water Spaniel head. I recently saw another one…what a shame new breeders don’t take those parameters into consideration. The hair will eventually grow, but the shape of the head is very characteristic, isn’t it! Like the small poodle heads we see on “Barbets”.


Ela Samba enjoying life!



                       A Barbet goes into water in even freezing temperatures…she is showing us the nice profile she has!

Ela is the daughter of Chesara de la serve de la Chapelle d’Alexandre and Poppenspaler’s Vincacao of the V-series fame.


Uncle Compay and mom Che( as puppies), look at those lovely profiles!

Auf Deutsch, bitte schön?


On November 15th I posted some information in German that I had gotten from a particular book published in Austria. Like many, I had seen the information posted here and there, but never really clicked onto something until I connected in my head, JC Hermans’ story on how he eradicated the Griffon Barbet ( you have the info on this HP and FB)

I connected to a German translation of how the Barbet had no undercoat and connected to the standard project document ( of a certain Alain) to modify the Barbet standard and saying it had, among others: no undercoat. Then it all came to a head.

It took the time to get the book we are referring to, see I had 2 of my dogs in it with no credits for using the picture and no written authorization on my behalf to use my dogs’s photo………what you see above plastered right left and center on several pages with breeders’ names- of course…making it look like their dogs were, of course dogs who hunted and retrieved. That is a major dose of misinformation to remain polite…and as we all know we stupidly believe and hear when it is being fed by such competent breeders working for what we see and since many don’t know any better, voilà. The Swiss dogs have become hunting dogs through very agile propaganda and lack of knowledge of the breed. The author, didn’t seem to question the fact that swissland doesn’t use gundogs to hunt ducks or pheasants but only to eradicate an odd rabbit here and there.

Piotr’s hunting in Poland was shown but no name mentionned either. This is how everything degenerates…

There are some really perverse people in the Barbet world trying to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt the Vieux Barbet and the Barbet Moderne are the same breed…Do you honestly think these  can be compared? If you see it written…then, beware. They are not the same dog!


Now, do you understand why Ulysse di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco is persona non grata in Swissland?