What you see and what you get?

Now what? Funny you should ask..

1. You know what you get
All dog breeds have their typical features, strengths and weaknesses.  When you buy a breed dog you have the opportunity to choose a breed that suits you and your life, whether you want to compete in agility, hunt or just take lovely walks. The more knowledge you have about the dog breed you choose, the greater the probability that you and your dog will thrive together – you have over 300 breeds to choose from!

Well. You want a pup? No problem. The Barbet having a mega identification problem, when I see public dispays of dogs so out of standard a new breed is created,do I speak up, or shut up?? ( I know, don’t tell me..but I cannot)..or I continue to tell people to be aware of who is who and what is what. It is catching on, but it’s not easy. You go to a Kennel club page and look for information..fine, perfect. Yes, that’s the dog you want. For example, this one, which is a just about perfect Barbet…VIEUX BARBET!


Then you are shown this cover as “owow” a working Barbet…cherchez l’erreur..Are you sure? It has nothing to do with the breed standard I just saw. No, of course not.


Misleading information about how the breed looks, to start, is perpetrated by breed clubs..and not generally by National Kennel Clubs.  Clubs are consulted when an article is written..Never mind the idea of socutesonice “work”, promoted by some clubs which has nothing to do with the hunting ability of the breed..but promoting the play on words is not very happy.. , let’s say. How exciting to have an article written..You should be soo happy about it! An act of kindness, so be kind.. (??)What great promotion…

So, you go a bit further and hum. Keep in mind I am the only person who speaks up PUBLICLY about what some breeders are doing to the breed…Not easy, because they have an armada of minions who alert them on the slightest faux pas  so they can go to the rescue of said breeder(s).As recently.

What do you mean my dog is not a Barbet? It says so on the pedigree”..oh, ok. Well, then..

MY problem is..I am regularly contacted by people who want a Barbet. “Perfect dog. I read about it on internet.I saw one in the street and I want one”..Imagine..it happens all the time and you have to explain this and that and try to not spend an hour explaining what some have done to the breed. The picture being the thousand words.

A Poodle with a nice coat. Wooly and curly.

Frosting on the cake..turn the page of the magazine and you see a real Poodle with the exact same morphology as the barbet on the page before ( not so thin) and even the exact same color..except this one does have a nice long frizzy/curly coat..shaven nose and same tail ..so the reader now is totally confused.

Mission accomplished.

Bottom line regardless of how cute the article is and how proud the owner is..it’s not representative of the breed barbet overall, at all and it could be just about any cross under the sun. That is not good for a breed.

Even Doodle people don’t shave their dogs like this barbet above..!

I have contacted the people from the magazine to tell them. Of course. This is a really important issue to be aware of or I would not waste time insisting.