The mind boggles…

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bonjour-barbet-french-hunting-dog-debuts-at-crufts-hmjllt0zg

When the Barbet is described as follows..”The barbet is more used to hurtling around French estates snatching up waterfowl. However, dog owners hope that it has the poise and grace to compete at Crufts.”

I do come a bit unglued. You see so many idioties on internet as you all know, but this one takes the cake. How can anyone in their right mind say anything as contradictory about the poor breed.

Hurtling has NEVER been used to describe the breed.. another one surely but not the Barbet.

Poised? Of course when referring to the type in the picture, a veritable Barbet Moderne or Poodle descendant with a proper Poodle topknot ( have you read the standard?)

Grace? When has the Barbet become a “graceful” dog when it is a rustic dog?

Poor breed… for which breeding instructions are ” vous faites comme vous voulez..”. I think most did not wait for that word of wisdome to do whatever suited their fancy to produce more and make more$$$.

That sums up the breed in all its 21st century splendor.

Be my Valentine..

Nat-King de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre. My 5th generation of Vieux Barbets.

…Because not everyone is on a social network…

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Valentine’s day is the perfect day for an announcement of importance. As many know, we are reaching the end for the old breed. After many years of working to reach my objective,I have decided to go to the next step.

I am looking for a female “outside” the box to continue the Vieux Barbet line. The ultimate objective is to use the stored “straws” of Ulysse di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco to help in the survival of the breed, the old breed.

She must be of proper type/morphology and temperament.

I’d rather stay away from brown.

I must be able to work with someone I can trust and there will be terms to a contract we will establish together. This will be to avoid any abuses or excesses.

Please contact me privately.

Thank you.

 

 

Move to cover ground..

What we see more and more at dog shows is some very Modern Barbet specimens and rarely the old breed.. especially in France where judges have merrily deviated on the breed and no longer can pretend they know the standard…years of mis-management that we pay for, cash. A Barbet should MOVE, Cover ground and show power and strength. They are not city window shopping dogs..

 

Did he or didn’t he?

Took Froggy doggy to work with me, because I think they enjoy individual attention and since I had a short afternoon..off we went. Stopped at my favorite bakery on the way and got myself a tarte à la crème…that I forgot

in the car. When I came back..Do you think he ate it or not?.. he did not. My Froggy Doggy..