May 2014

Another Champion! Georgia in Poland



I am happy when dogs born here are champions. There have been several over the years I have not always mentionned and shouldreally, one day.I have always been more concerned with how they produce dogs to standard, more than who is a champion. I will try to do better in the future. In the meantime, lovely Georgia in Poland is now in the top ranking girls of the breed.



Fitzgerald de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre, proud father

This is the second litter he has fathered. They are not listed anywhere and have never been, despite being fully pedigreed dogs. That adds on more children,  and grandchildren to our descendants. Maybe that’s what, eh?

Fitz and Cerise live in British Columbia, Canada.

My train of thought: a waterproof club?

griffon Germanbook1 001 Barbet_Gien Barbet_Pyrrham, 1er 'prix Poitiers 1927, à M. Besson L'El eveur 19 janvier 1930. Barbet_1972b vieux barbet

…Starting with the Griffon on the right. The Barbet needs to look different from a Poodle, a Spanish Water Dog or a Portuguese Water Dog ( which is the one he ressembles the most, there are 3 Porties in the Barbet) to survive, it is too small of a breed in numbers and really has no reason for being… anymore. Being realistic about the whole evolution! I filed a dossier at the French Fondation du Patrimoine in 2013 and was told I had to emphasize its working ability ( meaning hunting), by Pr Bernard Denis, one of our eminences grises at the SCC.

Well, as expected, they thanked me for the dossier and rewarded sheep and goats,

( and rightly so) threatened with extinction. What to do with it? Not much….? Or do any of you from other breeds have any ideas because in ours, there seem to be none other than promoting one’s own dog who is the greatest since the world of dog was created: 1860’s.
I am continuing, regardless, but I do think we will get nowhere, since the situation for the breed has not changed much in France since 1980 when someone decided to re-incarnate the Barbet de Buffon of 1766 by crossing  pseudo Poodletypes and LOF Poodles and leaving aside any SCC/LOF Barbet stock available. He had friends at the SCC who closed their eyes back then. True that the breed is doing much better outside France ( Canada, Scandinavian countries, but for how long?). It is mostly shown ( not used) as a poofed out overgroomed hypertype ( dixit Pr Bernard Denis 2012) to get attention at dogshows, only…and perhaps promote club “spirit” whatever that means in a social club?

Anyway…At least one day, I will have a nice story to tell.

The Barbet is having tremendous competition, if you can even call it competition, from the Labradoodles, Doodles. Those designer breeds are far more popular than the Barbet will ever be. The French breed club wants ther breed to be a hunter in 2014 and again, even a hundred years ago, hunters preferred English breeds to the Barbet, for obvious reasons (coat care in many cases is horrendous), since it was known for mostly only being a duck dog..the situation today, until it can be proven that it is an all around hunter/gundog as some said it really was, in the past. There are very few who can ” really work” and the VBBFL ( German breed club) has recently changed requirements to be confirmed, by adding a pointing/land/water/bloodtracking test. Unsuccessful test=> no reproduction.

The only requirement in France ( other than hips and social test) is retrieving a plastic dummy out of water TAN, which not many fail and sometimes it becomes the owner to retrieve it (cqfd 2012). The club has modified the standard several times for diverse reasons and communication with the decision makers is basically impossible since the are mostly promoting the Lagotto ( but we knew that).

That is is in a nutshell, what is going on in France. Abroad, it’s not much better as the club is mostly run by some Y generation ingenues who haven’t got a clue about the breed except to get CACIBs at shows and make socutesonie litters.

I also forgot a minor detail…the cost of a Barbet: Germany /Sweden( could be more) 1600€. Swissland 2100€. France 1000 to 1200€. Absolutely not gundog prices for dogs who cannot prove much hunting lineage or ability. Who wants to pay those knids of prices for a dog who can prove nothing other than he is the son of his mother?

The French breed club, repeating again and again that the Barbet must be a hunter, not specifying with who where or what is certainly not worried about history since they apparently don’t know about the history of the breed since the SCC ‘s history, hence the club’s is completely wrong and that seems to worry no one at the waterproof French breed club.




3 months later


I waited to see if the photos would correspond as I thought they would. Thelma Lou on the left at 3 months of age and Iabada…Badoo on the right. What do you think?

Thelma was born in 2002 and Iabada in 2014. Yes, it takes at least that long to get a return on investment which has nothing to do with making money at all. It takes a lot of believing, trust and friends who believe.

I rapidly took the bandana off Iabada because I was getting real emotional about it when I saw Iabada walk past the window and I was seeing Thelma…who I am sure is always and still here. There I go again….

It gors without saying that Iabada is the daughter of Ulysse di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco as Thelma is a desecndant of Hercule di Barbochos de Reiau de Prouvenco and she is the only reason I am in this Barbet world.

I think I have made my point?!





You looking at me…or the sparrow?


Well, if you’re wondering what’s been going on since I got here? Wonder no more. My mom was trying to see what I had in my mouth and I ran off and straight into the house where I thought I could play with this feathered creature. I had all the others dogs on my back, but this one in “mine, mine, mine“… I will be 3 months old in a few days, and my name is Iabada…badoo!


I think I know what “working dog” means…this is my job, sort of, isn’t it?!

All blacks in Poland: pups

Dad Engelbert is again the proud father of another lovely litter in Poland. Above is link to pedigrees.Engelbert_Ahips

czerwony_ffioletowy_m niebieski_f pomaranczowy_f zielony_m zolty_fThere are 4 females ( yellow, orange, blue and red), 3 males( green, violet and brown).

3 ( 1f, 2 m) still are up for grabs. They are near Poznan.

Website and more info:

Following the right example?

These were taken the other morning at 7am…we play sometimes when they want to and are ready and open to learn. Froguette on the left, Iabada Badoo in the middle and Vennie Girl on the right. Mission accomplished below…Good girls!

Barbet_apporte2 Barbet_apporte3

Froguette: 3rd 8th group in Charolles


Yesterday, Froguette was entered in the show in Charolles, France. She was the only Barbet there, which is always a shame to be alone. There were also 5 Lagottos entered. It was a “Spéciale”. The nicest part came at the end where she was selected as 3rd Best of Group after a Golden Retriever and a Cocker. She had not been any shows since 2011…because she likes hunting trials more than shows, (or so I thought)! So, she likes both and she can do both!

It was a very rainy and windy day, a lot of dogs barking up the storms throughout  the day, but she didn’t mind, and remained calm and relaxed, as a Barbet does. It was also her birthday, so she had a nice gift!

Special thoughts to her brother and family on this “Spéciale” day.


Excellent and true article to read and remember!

How is the Barbet different from a Doodle? Let me count away:

  1. Natural instinct
  2. Proof in the field ( BICP) against other breeds
  3. Lineage of working dogs ( not “just” to show a dog in working class)
  4. Pedigrees

Brand identification, anyone?

The Labradoodle not being a real breed but a cross of what have you, is certainly well known all around the world. Could it have been the fact that people who bred them had a real plan, which was not to exterminate others who made crosses but to work together to promote them? Whatever their 12 point plan was, and is it certainly has worked for them….hasn’t it.

They’ve been around so long that they ought to soon have their own pedigree database…perhaps they already do.