Froguette and her duck Froggy and his pheasant
The point in doing the very important French BICP (German HZP) had nothing to do with anything at the club or going up the quotation points ladder; it basically had to do with the Barbet and its past as a gundog and the fact that it has contributed to many hunting breeds in Europe. I wanted to do it to prove a point to hunters. The Barbet with a proper coat can be an all around gundog who ALSO goes to water. I am told a proper Barbet coat is the one of the Griffon Korthals when it is long…iunteresting, eh?! A “just” waterdog has no future, not other than a couch potato and even then?
Our judge was a person from the Marais Vernier area of France and he grew up working with Barbets( as hunters and gundogs).Yes, this was back in the 60’s. Yes, Ma’m. He knew exactly how the Barbet should work ( as opposed to some of the air-heads we have had as working judges in the past/ can you say that of a man?!)
Surprisingly, my 2 Froggies did a helluva job on land and not so well in water.Froguette pointed officially ( witnessed) just before she flushed her pheasant. Froggy did not , but he did canvass the area well and did hids pheasant too. I was a bit disappointed in their water work, but they didn’t understand this particular context. Oh well. I think I proved my point by getting the judge’s congratulations on their land work. We know they can do water!
The judge’s comments:
“The Barbet is the foundation of many of our hunting breeds. These 2 Barbets did very well for dogs who do not hunt and who worked on their natural instinct.”What more can I ask for?
I say: Mission accomplished and we will go back for the fun of it, again.
Bravo Froggies. Froggie and Froguette got 21 points for their first real deal.