My objective was very simple when I started breeding in 2004. I just wanted to keep a line going. The line from Mrs Pêtre ( Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco) and Mr Rainier T Georgii who continued it. The Barbet ( of which there are 2 regardless of what professional breeders say) is a rare breed, but making it less rare is easy, make puppies and sell them.
More important than that is the point that brings confusion to neophytes( and there are many): the Barbet that is rare is not at all threatened with extinction. The “Vieux Barbet” is the one threatened with extinction!
So, people come regularly to see what my dogs look like, say “that’s exactly what I want” and turn around and buy a dog that is rare, certes, but has nothing to do with saving the breed from anything!
This is Soushong, born in 1981. He represents what I want to represent. If I cannot make dogs that look like him, there is not a point in breeding dogs. I have other things to do. Making prototypes or F1’s, I do not need them.
A Barbet is a dog with a long curly coat with loose curls, excellent character and that will grow not to 68 cms but not much more that 57/58 for a male. This dog will have a long coat and bear no ressemblance to a poodle, but to a Griffon, that is a French dog, too! He can swim, retrieve naturally andbe homogenous to his family.