Coccolina

2 varieties is a fact, not fiction or a dream..

One is threatened with extinction and the other is rare, but only because it exists since circa 1990! Fighting at French breed club has gone on for 35 years now. It began when neither you or I had a clue what a Barbet was…many came/tried and left. Not worth the insults.Club exists since 1981.

Bookwork in-process

As it stands, the work started is being shaken up by the tons of information coming in, from here and there beyond the borders of France....The breed type is still here over 100 years of proof later! It's very exciting.

As I have said and repeated, giving  club authorities a chance to make amends in an intelligent way, would be to take the MODERNE re-incarnated Barbet version as a variety..and letting the Vieux Barbet leave peacefully. Might be too much to ask for, since many are always looking for a good rumble.(slang definition)

Education and genes?

You would wonder if Vennie knows she is her grandmother...she is the one who plays the most with her and takes very good care of her on walks and in her water escapades. If you see a bit of a harness there, it is unintentional. A dog should NEVER EVER go to water with a harness. it's dangerous.    

Ch-Compay II de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre:racer in type

Compay as a sire in the Netherlands with Astrid Vonck, of Outdoors kennel.

Compay would have never been able to have such a brilliant career, had he stayed in France. He has set his type and is at the head of a fabulous line of very typed Barbets.He will be 10 this year.

 

My own Barbet conservatory! Evolution of my line over the years.

I will never be the world’s oldest Barbet breeder in age or in time spent breeding..I am not a breeder and that is not my claim to fame. What has been important to me and always will be is showing that, yes, you can breed out the Poodle type, work to standard, make homogenous dogs  of the old type called “Vieux Barbet” ( as opposed to Barbet MODERNE, re-incarnated in the 80’s). So, I collect Barbets and under my roof, there are 5 generations, 7 dogs, all happy and healthy and enjoying life. Anyone is welcome to come and see my live collection and documents I have available…Between Coccolina and Blue, there are 12 years difference and I enjoy every minute I can spend with them! A passion I owe to several people from the past…a passion for the VIEUX BARBET, its evolution, its history as a gundog and survival from extinction.

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