Old line from Mrs Pêtre

Saturday morning Barbet treat: clean up time..

I love showing you my Barbets and how they live their life. Moreso when there are pups around, but that is frosting on the cake of life, here.

This is..GuyGuy doing what he loves..taking care of everyone.He is feeling a bit better…and this perks him up..

Cool, calm and collected: the Vieux Barbet

He has his daddy’s head..lovely eyes, fantastic coat, rough ( the curls will be open and easy to manage) .In the last picture…I had just clipped his nails..

Grand-pa: Ch-Compay II de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre

1867

1960: Graveson chez les frères Ayme

This is what I stand for, in type and character. There can be more or less white, of course. You cannot select your companion for 12 years (more or less) on the basis of a color( as in other breeds). This is a rare breed, the Vieux Barbet is threatened with extinction.This little fella is part of a line of several generations of dogs with a steady character, type and constance/continuity over the years. The French breed club is most in-cooperative in the matter, but they ALWAYS have been since the creation of the club in 1981. They only want to promote the Barbet Moderne..so be it.

1935. Elevage de Floirac

1991: Gauguin

Puppies are the easy part…

..it happens once a year ( but not always), and it is generally planned out..the rest of the time is spent taking care of the dogs, making sure they are happy, doing research and answering the numerous questions people ask me about the breed and its history. That is not a very difficult part since I usually have the answers or the question leads me to doing some more checking to be sure of my information, since I hate misleading people. AND I enjoy helping.

Of course, my blood curdles when I see misleading, idiotic and deceitful comments about the Barbet..and there being only one…That is a permanent issue that is not helping either breed variety! It is very confusing to many/most people. However there are 2.

The “poof” Barbet Moderne re-incarnated/created in the 1980’s that they are trying to save from extinction? OR the Vieux Barbet that they say was extinct between 1940 and 1970..There is NO rhyme or reason to what is going on ..let’s face it?!

Facts versus fallacies or fake truths! How long will it last?!

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.

 

A legend has gone

Mrs Hélène Pêtre, who fought for the survival of the "VIEUX BARBET" has died at the age of 87. She was the daughter of Dr Vincenti, Kennel Mas de la Chapelle, famous in the 1930's for his work for the breed Barbet.

Her kennel name was Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco. She gave us some great champions and continued a type of dog that she fought for( which was NOT a Poodle type).She was the expert in the breed type,"mais c'est pas un Barbet"she often used to say about dogs she saw here and there. Mr Rainier T Georgii, did his best to continue the line, meaning the TYPE. I was lucky to inherit from both of them, their archives, to (now) do my best for the old breed. We had some fun times together at her home talking up storms over her breeding and putting every detail in the right place for the future. I will miss her immensely.

If you wish to send her family a card:

Pêtre /Fretay family

La Martellière

13150 TARASCON  France

Picture taken at the Mas de la Chapelle, the family estate where her father bred Barbets.

Thank you on their behalf.