April 2017

Saturday morning Barbet treat: clean up time..

I love showing you my Barbets and how they live their life. Moreso when there are pups around, but that is frosting on the cake of life, here.

This is..GuyGuy doing what he loves..taking care of everyone.He is feeling a bit better…and this perks him up..

Cool, calm and collected: the Vieux Barbet

He has his daddy’s head..lovely eyes, fantastic coat, rough ( the curls will be open and easy to manage) .In the last picture…I had just clipped his nails..

Grand-pa: Ch-Compay II de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre


1960: Graveson chez les frères Ayme

This is what I stand for, in type and character. There can be more or less white, of course. You cannot select your companion for 12 years (more or less) on the basis of a color( as in other breeds). This is a rare breed, the Vieux Barbet is threatened with extinction.This little fella is part of a line of several generations of dogs with a steady character, type and constance/continuity over the years. The French breed club is most in-cooperative in the matter, but they ALWAYS have been since the creation of the club in 1981. They only want to promote the Barbet Moderne..so be it.

1935. Elevage de Floirac

1991: Gauguin

Puppies are the easy part…

..it happens once a year ( but not always), and it is generally planned out..the rest of the time is spent taking care of the dogs, making sure they are happy, doing research and answering the numerous questions people ask me about the breed and its history. That is not a very difficult part since I usually have the answers or the question leads me to doing some more checking to be sure of my information, since I hate misleading people. AND I enjoy helping.

Of course, my blood curdles when I see misleading, idiotic and deceitful comments about the Barbet..and there being only one…That is a permanent issue that is not helping either breed variety! It is very confusing to many/most people. However there are 2.

The “poof” Barbet Moderne re-incarnated/created in the 1980’s that they are trying to save from extinction? OR the Vieux Barbet that they say was extinct between 1940 and 1970..There is NO rhyme or reason to what is going on ..let’s face it?!

Facts versus fallacies or fake truths! How long will it last?!

Barbet Moderne et Vieux Barbet: assez flagrant de différence

A gauche dans la rangée du haut: Jerry Sable des Malabris de Basse Sologne( Barbet Moderne) et à droite Hercule di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco( Vieux Barbet).1996.


Il existe 2 types de Barbet, et peut être vous ne le saviez pas..C’est un fait depuis bien des années et la cause de bien des soucis de gestion de la “race”.
En France, il y a les deux types et tout un chacun revendique sa spécialité. Il y a bien évidemment bien plus de Modernes, que d’Anciens.Cela va de soi. Normal dans une démocratie?  Pas sur…Avec preuves à l’appui…
Je ne fais pas le style Caniche “poof”..car mes recherches m’ont conduites vers la vieille race qui ne ressemble pas à un Caniche, mais à un Griffon ( confirmé par le Pr Denis). Chacun son choix..
Et comme il a été dit et répété par le Pr Raymond Triquet, “si vous voulez un type Caniche, achetez un Caniche.” Il y en a plein dans d’autres pays, notamment la Suisse et le choix est nettement plus vaste dans des chiens “bien frisés”, “bien lourds” et “grands” comme il se doit dans la race Moderne.

Puppies: 3 weeks and growing

They understood “pipi-room” at 2 weeks of age, and naturally head to it when they can. It’s amazing how quicky they learn.                                                                                                                             

They are sitting up and moving around. Soon, it will be time to widen their horizons…They are so calm and peaceful..