December 2016

Auld Lang Syne…

One of my very very favorite Barbet videos to celebrate the joy and happiness of our Barbets and through them, …ours.
We are blessed to have such, nice, happy, friendly dogs, called Barbets!
Happy New year and bless the Barbet God, because I know there is one, for Fanny de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre’s coming home after having disappeared for almost 3 months and having puppies somewhere, in the meantime….
And as it says in the song, we’re one passing through..so be kind..and enjoy life for theirs is so short.

Merci Valérie…pour ce landmark!

Coccolina’s 5th…

Steady breeding and objectives make it possible. Breeding for type, character and natural ability*( and health, of course, which goes without saying)…Lovely little Velvet is not Beethoven’s, but lovely Coccolina’s 5th generation…and I am not even a breeder!barbet_velvet

Rituals and show dogs

A few years ago, when I thought that there was really a selection…I even remember asking (..) why the points system that was created a century or more ago was not used anymore. …and then I woke up. Today, is the BIG club specialty show. There are 2 additional shows this weekend, so dogs can become great show champions  rapidly! All conditions are there. Right judges for the cause are selected( yes, there is a selection, but not the one you think)..and winners can be predicted who will take their trophies with that “suprised, oh me” smile on their face. This evening we ought to get all the feedback along with the information about their “apéritif to chitchat about the Barbet” which the pdt said we would have a full report even if we are not members. Speaking of members, it appears less and less owners are members..just can’t imagine why. Anyway, looking forward to the results, eh. Knowing the pedigree of the judges, it’s going to be easy!famousdom

The history of the breed in pictures.

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http://barbet-frenchwaterdog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Barbet_HERITAGE2016.pdf

We have finished this visual part of the history of the breed. It is so, for there are no language barriers to consider.
There are a few mistakes to be corrected after the holidays, which will not stop your understanding of the evolution of the Barbet.
My main objective was to finish today, a very historical day, and to give fuel to those who need it for their “petite” discussion about the breed…
I hope you enjoy it as I did, working on it for several years.

I am onto my next Barbet project! Stay tuned and Happy Holidays to all!