crossbred mutts

Hanging in there, my GuyGuy!

These last months have been very trying, with the weather, work, the dogs to take care of and keeping GuyGuy happy…and healthy to his best. I have had to step back and try to stay as zen as possible for him, and me..since  we do know they feel everything. He is doing as well as can be expected. The verdict is chronic hepatitis and he most likely will not die of it, but hopelly of “just” old age.For many months, I was hoping he would reach his mother’s age of 11.5, then I was hoping he would make it to the new year and now we’re in February and I am thinking that perhaps he could make it to his birthday in April.I have had to shut off some oytside perturbating factors  to be able to fully concentrate on far so good.  Here’s a little video…GuyGuy_Rules

He is his usual happy self

Waiting for his walk.

A lot of snow that did not last!


What you see is not always what you get.


Barbet Moderne


Vieux Barbet ( Barbet/Griffon de chasse)






Interesting read below about someone who has shared “experience“. When you buy a product, whatever it may be, it must correspond to specifications…and breeder’s experience, meaning predictability and in what is called “lines”.You don’t want to get a socutesonice pup that has nothing to do with what you imagined.

You want a Barbet, but which one? The old one or the new one? Or a cross? There is not just one Barbet and if that were the case, we’d all know…and the breed would not be a hodgepodge of this and that, that have nothing to do with each other, but the name..So back to square one when the barbet ( small b to diffrentiate from the Barbet breed with a standard) was a genetic term to describe a dog, any dog, ANY SIZE with a beard, a mustache and hair that grows. The reason the is a standard was to differentiate the breed from another one with another standard. Of course all dogs are cute and we love ours, but that is NOT the point.

Text below is taken from Pr. Bernard Denis’ book about genetics…called GENETIQUE ET SELECTION CHEZ LE CHIEN.2007. 
ISBN2-914465-07-06 ed.PMCAC









The message below is very important. Again, you do not need to like or dislike what I said, or what is being said…It’s factual and experience:


Working on Barbet history since 2003 and making un-identified generic barbets? NO.

If some are perfectly happy having a dog with a name “barbet” that can look like anything under the sun, have a herrendous coat and be nothing like what it should be, well I am not. I have been there and will never accept being told that the Barbet is the ancestor to the Poodle, it is French and très frisé.

After being hasseled for a great part of the year, being treated as “dangerous” ( because I search for truth by working on the real history of the Barbet de chasse/d’arrêt, being accused of being homophobic by someone who has nothing to say of interest or intelligence)… well, I am back in the ring and the fight goes on. What you see below are all barbets………..except for 3. Talk about “genetic variability“!