This litter has been adorable, the pups adorable, the owners adorable..my only regret is that GuyGuy was sick at the time he could have mated Dabadoo..and I did not yet know he was ill with his gallstone issue..otherwise he would have been happy to oblige( even at his age) and Froggy would have been fit for the next litter. However, you don’t always do what you want..and it doesn’t always work out the way you want it to.
My choice to keep a male from this litter was a very hard one…and in fact til the last day, I could not decide. The decision was taken by the male himself who had decided he was going to stay.That was that.
Ulysse and his brother Ursus ( in Canada) are the 2 last pure Barbets in existence..that means there is no poodle blood in them. If I had not told you, you probably could have guessed! He is a French Treasure and has reproduced to save the line, so for that we are blessed. He is going on 14 years of age.He is very typical of the historical Griffon-type.
“My late female Steenbrak (Old Dutch hound) Boukje on the left and on the lithography by Verboeckhoven, standing next
to …her portrait, you can see a most similar “chien courant” (scent hound), in the middle an old type of local épagneul (longcoated pointer) and a “Barbet”.( text written by a friend who noticed the ressemblance…). Leendert Bosman.
Isabeau von der Leibrücke aka Iabadabadoo…( Babaloo von der Leibücke x Ulysee di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco), left and a Barbet in 1844.
“Also same chest and firm legs, as depicted by Verboeckhoven…”
If you read this in French, you should be able to get an adequate translation into your language.Where it says ,A European History, you will see that it says that :…Barbet amateurs notice some similar characteristics between the 2 breeds…as we speak, I am reading JC Hermans “ANTHOLOGIE DES CHIENS D’EAU ET DES RETRIEVERS, vol 3, p168 and it says, “Les Barbets…un instant ces chiens ont porté le nom de griffon Boulet parce que…”
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.