Thelma La Douce

Today is Thelma’s birthday…


I got this lovely gift…a picture of her Grand-daughter in Sweden. Yes, there still are Old Barbets around…( Vieux Barbet). They do show up in various lines, even where there is a heavy poodle influence. Again, it’s a matter of selection. You will also recognize the type of coat that is very characteristic of my line.

Thank you, KB.


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!

Barbet treasures…

Booly Wooly (GuyGuy) almost 10 and Ermengarda (Coccolina) 11 years old. I do not know how many have the pleasure of watching their Barbets grow old in good health and happiness, together. They had 2 litters together, all healthy and they are both great great grand parents of very many puppies who have grown into champions for some.For others, they are just treasures.


Preserving the breed for its future…


Froggies_Barbets140216“Purposefully bred purebred dogs brought to you by AKC preservation breeders. We’re so proud of what they do for the next generation of the happy, healthy canine family.”
Let’s Pay it Forward for the Purebred Dog!!
Per Bill Shelton…who is he?? …

10th year anniversary

This site went online at the beginning of February 2006. This was the first time a site went online in ENGLISH, in France, giving information to foreigners about the breed. I no longer feed it, as it is so old!

Since then quite a bit has evolved, for better or for worse.

A lot of water under the bridge as the true history  of the breed does take a long time to move forward. What has changed? Not much and even less in its home country where the breed lacks any kind of support from officials as other breeds do in their home country. This is today as we speak.

My mission has always been ( must be the teacher in me) to make sure poeple are informed and make choices with all the right cards in their hands. I have become a reference in the breed (whether I like it or not).

So, to celebrate, I made my lovely Barbets, some liver cakes..livercake

Conclusion: if you are looking for a Barbet, do your homework. Compare information…….. compare pictures and ask questions. You will rapidly find out who is competent in the matter, be it in France or anywhere.



What is the point?


CH-Compay II de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre( left) French Lover Dog, his son 4/6 French SCC selection grid and CH-Booly Wooly de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre ( right). I will finish my breeding days with my males and my females…

My point here is…I rarely tell anyone I “make” dogs as a hobby. People physically around me know I have dogs, some know I have pups, but I do not ever readily give the information.The breeding mega challenge has become interesting since 2004: investigating pedigrees and historical reference documents to make dogs that have certain morphological traits, be surrounded with them as much as possible (I have had up to 8) it’s like make your cake and eat it, too, see them grow and get older which to me is vital, appreciate their competences and just love them and have fun with them, and share pictures on my site here.

I do not “make money” and do not count on it, it helps when I sell pups, because I do not make enough money as a teacher to have 6 dogs and do all I have done with them over the last 15 years.

The rest is all in a day’s work, even the nastiness and ignorance of many which one has to deal with especially when  they know next to nothing or very little about the breed and want to be the ones, the only ones to give any coherent information.It does show, thankfully…and one does wonder why they try so hard to be so nasty on social networks, which is one reason I do not advertise ( meaning: to sell) dogs there.

I want to very carefully choose who I will share a dog with. I have had problems before, not knowing enough about the “breeding world” so I try to stay away from it.

I like what I can do in that context with people who have become friends I appreciate and trust and when I have finished and reached my breeding objectives, I will stop.

Those friends will remain friends, not business partners.

It will all be a part of my research on the breed and the good, the bad and the real ugly. Not to wonder why the breed is doing so poorly in its home country.