May 2015

La Hollande: l’autre pays du Barbet ou LE pays du Barbet?

1. They make champions like I like them

Barbet_Haley1 Barbet_Haley22. They  have written a book about how to take care of the breed with lots of photos…

http://barbetbook.com/

3. A Dutch national has been writing the history of the Barbet breed…part 1 is published and well-read!

http://barbet-frenchwaterdog.com/history-of-sorts/the-barbet-early-tracks-part-1/

4. There are 14 breeders in the Netherlands with litters born regularly; for a population of 17m, I say that’s not bad!

Time to become an expat…and make history repeat itself?!

 

Breed club activities for May 2015

analyse-swotNo need to épiloguer on what they have accomplished for the breed.

Nada.

Perhaps since, there appears to be new management at the club, they will stop talking about me criticizing them and put their money where their mouth is. ACTION speaks louder than words! Actions for the breed!!!!!!!!!

Stop talking about people ( c’ est à dire “me”) and add an element of transparency to the breed which severely lacks it, and stop all this having to pull worms out of noses, as the very horrible French expression goes.*

I appear to be the focus of their attention, which is nice but not the point, since I am the only one in France to speak up against what they do not do. So, yes, I admit criticizing their lack of inactivity, but criticizing their work?

No way: to criticize it, they would have had to have done some……and I do not remember having really ever seen them doing something positive for the breed that all can accept and work together towards..nada.

So. voilà voilà/.

(* tirer les vers du nez)

Digestion in formation

http://www.dogchannel.com/barbet-dog-breed-profiles.aspx

This is the first time I have seen a Barbet history going in the “right track”….wow. So impressed I needed to share!

It’s not all correct, but it is less wrong than others!Bravo.

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Recensement en France des Barbets et la situation de la race.

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J’ ai crée une page sur Facebook où les propriétaires de Barbets en France peuvent lister leurs chiens. Le gros problème étant que, depuis 10/15 ans ? on dit, “oh, environ 250 et que statistiquement s’il en nait moins de 50 ( voir le tableau sur page FB, lien ci dessous) annuellement et que sa moyenne de vie est de 12 ans..ben, voilà, voilà. Il n’y a aucune référence en ce qui concerne les effectifs en France, depuis plusieurs années.

Les autres pays semblent être assez surs de leurs chiffres et demande à la France les leurs. Hélas, on ne le sait pas car il y a en plus un manque total de transparence et de coopération dans la race, cqfd. ( depuis la création du club de race en 1980).

Il y a très peu d’éleveurs ( de moins en moins) car pas assez de chiens pour une sélection intelligente, trop galère de trouver le mâle idéal et où certains en sont à n’ utiliser plus qu’un mâle  pour la reproduction régulièrement ou sont obligés d’aller très loin à l’étranger trouver leur super étalon, ce qui engendre desgros frais et du temps: impossible si l’on travaille. Un particulier ne peut pas décider seul dans son coin, même s’il a à cœur la survie de cette belle race et croyez moi, j’en connais un rayon…

L’ autre pays du Barbet est la Hollande où il y a de nombreuses portées et peut être que les gens sont plus intéressés par la race, malgré la concurrence du Labradoodle.   Aux Pays Bas existent 14 élevages pour une population de 17m et en Finlande 13 élevages/5.4m. Il y en a de plus en plus en Amérique du nord, surtout au Canada. En France, les naissances stagnent autour de 50 par an avec 4 élevages. Pourquoi? On me pose la question…Et on évite la réponse.

Les élevages ( hors France) poussent comme des champignons alors que la race est menacée d’extinction.

Malheureusement, de remuer le couteau dans la plaie on trouve d’où provient cette profonde blessure et la tradition perpétrée par ce qui s’est passé il y a 30+ ans et jusqu’à nos jours. Le Barbet est un chien génial, mais il est très difficile/impossible, même d’en faire une race populaire en France… Je ne perds pas l’espoir de voir des uns qui travaillent pour la race telle qu’ elle devrait l’être et moins contre les autres âmes de bonne volonté, comme on le voit dans certains pays, où le Barbet est une race sans histoires, ou dans tous les cas, beaucoup moins .

Ci dessous, l’historique  partielle du club, comme on les voit souvent sur les sites des clubs de race, en toute transparence.

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The hope makes live?

Recensement:

( si vous n’ êtes pas sur FB, je peux rajouter les infos en toute transparence afin que cela nous serve à tous. Il suffit de me le dire)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/489752611176959/

Merci E.O pour l’art graphique.

Blood tracking in Finland

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Gloria de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre was training for blood tracking these last few days. She apparently enjoys it a lot. She is probably happy to be able to do something for herself after her wonderful litter…

In several countries, the Barbet is allowed to train in many hunting type disciplines; whereas in France it is rather impossible.Barbet_Gloria_bloodtracking1

BICP anyone?

The Barbet de chasse promoted as such by a breed club in France is not accepted in any official working trials in France but the BCE and I don’t remember the last one ever organized for all breeds, 2007?( for the Barbet 201??). It was for memebers of the club. In other countries it can do all sorts of things a hunting dog does. In France, it only needs curls.Hunting instint? naaaaaaah.

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However, you can go play like I have, with your Barbet…I do, just for the fun.

Driving 1200 kms over a weekend to see your dog work  is much more gratifying than going to a dog show and  having the judge telling you the breed depends on its poodle curls to survive and if your dog ain’t a poodle, it ain’t a Barbet. Eh oui, ma brave dame.

Here is the calendar. It just came out…a few days ago.

http://02cunca.free.fr/wa_files/15_BICP_Cal_Cunca.pdf

Pour la grande histoire…du Barbet.

……le Barbet n’est pas l’ancêtre du Caniche et la Gaule, ce n’ était pas que la France, qu’on se le dise…Il y a du pain sur la plancha. Voilà plusieurs années que j’en étais sure, et après insultes et moqueries, quelqu’un de très bonne volonté et qui sait de quoi il parle, a accepté de faire des recherches, pour la grande histoire qui  a parlé…et la suite sera aussi étonnante.

http://barbet-frenchwaterdog.com/history-of-sorts/the-barbet-early-tracks-part-1/traces-anterieures-du-barbet-en-francais/

Vennie’s bad hair day…

This is Vennie, with about 10+ cms of coat…Not matted as you can see in the second picture, easy to brush out, but a nightmare to manage.Perhaps it’s cute and nice, but it is not a Barbet coat.  IF it is, show me…documented proof with lineage. AND it need to be cut. It is a groomer’s dream because you will pay a small fortune top keep up the coat as it grows and grows and gets totally out of hand. A dog should not look like  a matted mop even if it is a rare breed and even if it is not matted.

It is an insult to the breed.

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 Remember that in the Barbet, there is a dosage of other breeds ( there has to be since it is so rare) and that coats show, tails show and temperament does too. When doing the right mariages, you have a better opportunity of getting a good coat for what the breed represents. BUT not every dog is perfect and representative of the breed.

Look at the 3 in the front, all related and the one in the back is Vennie girl…but she will be mated next week with a Barbet with a coat like the ones across the bottom and selection will be applied. I have waited 4 years for this litter and I know what to look for…and coat is an easy challenge.

It goes without saying that I left Vennie’s coat get like this since that is the only way to make a point. Thank you Vennie girl…

Back in 2012…and recommending studs: no more.

When there was that symposium for the Barbet, many of us got together and were talking about this that and the other.

The other being that soon there would be a shortage of males since many were being used over and over and over and what to do. We concluded that we would have to really widen the circle of where to find one and I thought to myself…nah. Plan B. Have my males and get new females…So after 3+ years of careful planning and selection, the time has come for a dream to come true. It went well with Coccolina and Guyguy and no reason, it would not work again with another couple!

From an extremely bad experience with a particular professional breeder, which ended up withe me being insulted, injured, slandered, and belittled, haha, on a social network, I decided about that time too, that I would never ever give any ideas to anyone about which males to use.Live and learn. Me not being a breeder and certainly not competing with their production, I have stuck to my guns.

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Voilà, voilà. So, it takes time, but at some point…Here you see Compay II, now living in The Netherlands and Guyguy. Both are my production and I am very proud of them.

Compay 58 cms and Guyguy 59.5, a tad bit tall but has produced wonders.

I’ll call you when I am ready…says Vennie!

I could see there was something going on…And hoping it would come quickly for a question of logistics!Barbets_Vennie_Froggy_chase When you have males, it sort of makes mating easier since they tell you when it is going to happen and contrary to what some think, best to leave them alone when the time comes and just keep an eye on the from afar. Major tip: make sure you stop calling them and solliciting them constantly…as some do want to keep talking . They don’t need your talking! When Vennie is ready, she will tell Froggy. Yes, that is her chasing him away. Now, they are of course totally separated and we’ll see how it goes in a few days. Fun times ahead and the realization of my 3-year + old breeding plan!