My top 5..14 years + down to 2..certainly have done their job for the survival of the old breed, or Vieux Barbet..
Dis moi Duna, birthday coming up. She will be 5. 57 cms 26k. Represents a perfect the Barbet Moderne, rare breed..not threatened with extinction, because re-created in the early 1990’s. Nice, tall and heavy and square. Nice and cute.
Iabada-badoo..son Nat-K and dad Froggy. An amazing family within the family..
Years and years ago, when I had my Poodle Pasta and she was 14/15 and getting old (1997?), she was given a steroids shot by my vet, this same vet. Last week, GuyGuy was standing like a German Shepherd and trying to hold his hindquarters up and I asked my vet if the shot was possible. It was taken off the market because some horse people and cow breeders were using them to pump up muscles so its usage was restricted (or stopped). For dogs and cats, it’s been back on the market for a year. I am lucky.. so GuyGuy got a shot last night and hopefully in 3/4 weeks..if he is still hanging in there, it ought to help him move around in a better way.He is eating and keeping track of everything and even me..so worth a try. He is an absolutely incredible warrior. Everytime I think he’s going he bounces back. For how long? I do not know..Tomorrow is another day.☺️
It is very sad when breed clubs are not responsible/feel no responsibility for the information they are fed/ and give out because they do very little, if any ,research themselves.
Then the snowball effect sets in and the general public is misinformed, too. Not a new concept…
Dog biscuits made with chicken broth from GuyGuy’s chicken..rind from the “saucisson de Lyon”..and some very nice horsemeat steaks. A souvenir of when I used to come to France and my Mom gave me her wallet to go to the Boucherie chevaline..I even tasted the steak and rather enjoyed it.They certainly did!
It is becoming extremely difficult to have a litter. Like the Titanice avoiding icebergs. Reasons are not the obvious ones..there is more and more demand, but “just” for a barbet ( small b, so generic furry dog) and not for anything specific..People are not informed and are not really willing to go in depth when researching and asking breeders intelligent questions. You live with a dog for 12/13/14? years and when you buy it, it’s yours. Barbet re-creation ( Barbet Moderne) is based on a myth and lies, covered by governing instances, like Napoleon being French and having a Poodle/Barbet..which he was not and did not…Breeders are not real transparent as to how and why they do what they do.
It’s, of course, not to make money, is it.
So, when you have seen the people who want a dog “just” like yours and you find out the got a Poodle-type, then a big sigh of relief sets in.You did not waste your time..
You have the ones who “just” want a pet and ad un tratto they decide that it would be nice to have a litter..and mate a 5th generation “Old breed” with a Poodle -cross, for proximity, and because the not very responsible stud..owner thought it would be socute and nice to get a few $$$.
Then you get the ones who swear up and down they ..”this” and they “that”. They know it all..there is only one Barbet stuff..there are many…If they tell you that, then that IS a clue that they ARE lying.Red Alert!
We have a big joker breeder here in France, well more than one, but I am referring to the one who lied about paternity of her litter(s), not once, not twice, but maybe even 3 times..is still claiming to be the big great breeder she is ( after having been given a big Barbet kennel name) made a mockery of the breed, und so weiter und so weiter..We did forget to mention she was so cute and so nice, like everyone on social networks. DNA has spoken and left quite a few disappointed people who thought their dog was a gift to the world..and it just lost 1/2 of its pedigree..responsible breeders..have nothing to say and lay low.
I do my best to not promote my litters on social networks, since many are real trashcans to dump misleading information on and…”just” sell( place dogs as one says more elegantly) dogs. Not a safe place to travel to, in this very unsafe world of ours.
The meeting pages/forum?( redefined) are run by very unprofessional people looking for fame, at least and running pages like dictators…of course to hide their incompetence.
So, in a nutshell..the Barbet is not safe anywhere, really ..and having a litter is a lot of work when you think of what some do to the breed and its future.
I will have one again, in due time, beteween Froggy and Iabada, since the last one was really really nice and all the dogs I am in touch with, make me proud of my work for the OLD BREED or VIEUX BARBET.
Happy New year….