Grooming a Barbet

C-litter birthday: 2007

A few days ago was the 9th birthday of my second litter and the first with Ermengarda/Coccolina , who had come to me from Italy, with Ungaro.

Barbets_Jennifersm Now looking back, I must say it was a litter that changed the course of the breed as we soon found out when they started reproducing. There were mostly only black dogs or some brown, but nothing else.
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From this litter and the fabulous people who contributed to its success, Coccolina achieved a feat not another Barbet has ever reached. The SCC “elite B” level.Barbet_Coccolina1sm

http://www.chiens-online.com/scc/011337/certificat-genealogique-5064133.html

Below are the names of the pups and to this day, only one has disappeared, meaning I lost track of the owners.
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Compay II became French show Champion. He has his TAN. 3/6  SCC selection grid. Participated in a movie ( Nicolas Le Floch)and in an interview on Les Z’animaux de la 8 ( TV program).Barbet_leflochsmBarbet_zanimaux2010a

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Compay ‘s son and daughter

 

 

 

Chesara: 3/6

SCC selection grid TAN. Used as model on the French breed club banner.

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ChiChi l’Amoroso:Finnish and Lithuanian show Champion

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Charly:Barbet_Cousteau_dalton…and son Cousteau von der Leibrücke

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Cooldady: My first guide dog for the Blind in Lyon, to be followed by several more

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Colleen: Swedish show Champion and agilitist ” hors pair” ( with her cake)Barbet_colleen3_at9

Corisande: lovely girl and companion

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Cooper(Clyde):in SwedenBarbet_Clyde412

 

 

 

 

 

Caya:SCC selection grid 3/6 TAN

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A wonderful litter who reproduced quite a lot, in several countries and their descendants have had litters, and on it goes!

Happy Birthday to all of you, may you stay happy and healthy for a long time!

For more about Coccolina:

http://www.vieuxbarbetfrancais.com/histoire-du-barbet-vieux-barbet/

The stupid things you hear sometimes…

Barbet_haireyesThe Barbet needs to have hair over the eyes, so he cannot see…in order to protect him from the reeds in water ( I guess they jump out at him?!) and also to protect him from thorns…I never knew there were thorns in water. Working on my learning curve…Iabada_Barbet_reedAs you see..they don’t need to have their eyes covered to protect them, but their body.Perhaps some overalls ought to do it…for a rustic  dog…?The things you hear sometimes, do make you wonder.

Baltic champion, too!

Gloria_BalticChampionGloria de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre, Baltic champion among other championships…We are all proud of her success and thank you Sirkka for your hardwork.

Gloria is a lovely girl with “natural working instinct” and has the tests to prove so…she is lovely and also a very nice looking girl!

Birthday boy…10 years young!

(Birth)Day started with heart check-up…in souvenir of brother Svinto who collapsed too soon and also Mom Thelma, who died of pulmonary embolism (age 10.5), not connected, but. We had done the 10-year+ blood check a few weeks ago and all was fine, along with Eye-check up at specialist vet.No problems! Yippie!

http://www.bva.co.uk/News-campaigns-and-policy/BVA-community/BVA-Blog/Why-should-we-check-the-eyes-of-older-dogs-/
This is where keeping track of siblings becomes even more important when working on a line…It’s easy to say you work for healthy puppies, a very generic statement ( who works for sick ones?!), but more difficult to prove so. That’s something that takes time (and money) as I do worry about their wellbeing, all of them. Some, I have lost track of and others? Good question.
Being the oldest “active” “breeder“( taken with a grain of salt and  a lot of humour) in France and one of the oldest in the breed, 16 years…( granted I do not know how I have survived so far, must be in the genes…)I may not have the same idea of what to breed for as one  does, or which color, but I do my best in what I believe the breed is and stands for. I have my reserve  stock on hand!

I know it is important when you have older dogs at home, to make sure they stay healthy and do tests, not “just” to reproduce at a young age, or just use them for that matter and then place them ( dump them, is what I call it). The health tests need to be done throughout their lives.

I am very relieved to not be a member of the breed club in France, a source of muchotormento and angst which I do not need as they never brought me anything nor have they ever for the Barbet in 30+ years (other than organize shows)……future of breed is grim in France, its home country, of standard, of course, as one loves to repeat, alas.

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A GuyGuy smile! ( he’s thinking as he does, that he will drag me over to the water fowl…)

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A new experience for me..

 

…as the saying goes, “Primo il dovere, poi il piacere..” the piacere ( froggy cookies) was the treat when we got home, that they all shared together…in a special Froggy plate!

froggy_cookies             Happy birthday, GuyGuy, his sister Bijou and brothers( Sweden, France and Germany) …and many more!