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.
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

Below are the names of the pups and to this day, only one has disappeared, meaning I lost track of the owners.

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









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







Charly:Barbet_Cousteau_dalton…and son Cousteau von der Leibrücke








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


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

Corisande: lovely girl and companion









Cooper(Clyde):in SwedenBarbet_Clyde412






Caya:SCC selection grid 3/6 TAN


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:

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!
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.


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


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!