February 2016

Team Barbet last week…







Photo taken last week because this week, we are living sumarine style with doors opening here and closing there with a selection of who goes out when. Yes, with 2 girls in heat and two males ready to tango, we have to be very careful and avoid any pro-breeder’s “accidental” mistakes and have a litter after 6 months of the last one. That , I cannot accept.It has never happened and I hope it never will. I am extremely careful!

Grooming Vennie!


Coat length is about 8cms. Brushed out. When it turns gray, as you see, it’s also dust and dirt.


Vennie has a rather difficult coat to keep long because you don’t really see curls and if you comb her out it is not very nice looking, as you can see below.




here she has been trimmed down to about 4 cms. Kind of poofy, but does sometimes make ringlets. Froggy, behind her has also been brushed out. The difference with him is that the coat is extremely easy to take care of and is of a different construction, and not as fine as Vennie’s.


Dupont and Dupont at the guide school for the blind




This week, I was lucky to catch up with 2 of the pups from the Vennie/Froggy litter of 2015. They were at the school this week, freshly groomed and cut ( one has a nick in the head..he must have moved while scissors were near!). They were castrated last week, and now are starting the  almost 2-year long training which will hopefully go well and they will replace 2 Barbets (of mine since 2007) who will be retiring.

They are extremely playful and growing nicely. What a treat!

At the gate…

When they are outside, I am continually keeping an eye on them. You never know what can happen and it is better to be safe that sorry.
They are all too dear to me!

Birthday girl: Isabeau von der Leibrücke

Iabada/Badoo…turned 2 this week.Barbet_Iabada_front_sm

Then…and now! She is a sweet as she looks. Dabadoo is the daughter of ULYSSE di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco…one of the last 2 pure Barbets left in the world.A lot of weight on her shoulders.


Surface truth and in-depth dirty lies.

Go to this page in the link and scroll down. You will see a Barbet type, which could be a Portuguese Water Dog or a Poodle, and this poor dog, is part of the lot of dogs found in this puppy mill. Why this dog? Because this is the type of Barbet that is now being promoted in France: dirty, filthy, caked and matted. It is just socuteandsonice but you don’t dare touch it.

It is absolutely impossible for many to adhere to this set of “values”, that being one of the many reasons the breed is in such dire straights in its home country. Add a dose of incompetence, or lack of knowledge about what a Barbet really is, some  bigtime politics, a pension fund looking for support and you have a breed…re-incarnated in the 1980’s and threatened with extinction for some and the other “faction” as one calls it, looking to save what remains of the old line……


One of my most memorable trips…Verdun.

I lived part of my life near Verdun and I had visited the historical areas..during the day, when it’s nice and light.

In 2014, when I was still doing activities for the Barbet, I drove up through those very very dark wooded areas at night and all along looking at the moon and thinking about all those soldiers…and just the pure horror they lived through.

The next day was interesting, Froguette flushed her pheasant and chased it so was eliminated and then she never found her duck. Oh well.

We did go to a winery and brought back some Côtes de Toul and drove home. That was my last outing ever for that club of sorts, and the last cent I ever spent for them.



Coccolina’s F litter 2011..Happy birthday!

I enjoy stepping back and looking in…to assess…! I breed only for type and I am happy with how they developed, their looks and their character.

Litter of 10, of which 2 champions (Canada and France); 2 guide dogs for the blind and all lovely healthy loving companions. 3 of them produced 65 pups (one =>31 with the same male).

CH-Frankly Scarlet, who also appears in a book written about the Barbet, linked below:







Frankly Scarlet as a pup

…and full grown below!





Fanny Forigoler as a pup on the right and below in the official SCC review ( Société Centrale Canine) to portray a typical Barbet coat, as “long wooly and curly” according to the FCI/SCC standard 105.













Courtesy of Cynophilie Française/ 2nd trimester 2012.SCC.

This is mom, Coccolina, now 11 and dad almost 10 …both my honeys and nothing will separate them, or me from them for they are my beloved Barbets and my reason for being in the Barbet world ( with Thelma). Pictures taken in January 2016.

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Thank you Ula and Chris Pepper for keeping me in the loop.