I have an outline. Now I need to fill in the pieces.These dogs would all be born black with some white which progressively becomes gray and it has nothing to do with age since it starts around age 4. This is the gray/black mentionned in the old standard when some thought there should not be a dash – between gray and black, but a comma = gray, black. It should have been gray-black. There are no gray Barbets, there are gray Poodles( but they were born black).
This gray-black is a color that has also come out of the Barbet past, but most discreetly, since they are registered as black and white which is not really true.Along with the color, I am wondering if there aren’t more genes we have overlooked in the affair.
It is extremely hard to work with creative or incomplete pedigrees:
Colors give a lot of information and they don’t fall out of the sky. Why do some barbet litters only come in black and some come in certain colors? There is a reason! Sand is coming more and more and white and black is almost common these days. What got me thinking is the natural retrieving/hunting ability of a dog in the line who lives in Germany, but is Dutch-born…I need to think more about this. You will hear about it.