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Of course, it tüts a lot of us real leid, but.

Dear Carmela
Since this morning early when I read your pm, I have to admit I have been torn between extreme sadness and very extreme anger about the death of Ela Samba. It was an accident, ok..or not ok, but she is gone now. Yes, she was your companion who followed you everywhere and always wanted to make you happy and you will miss her sorely and and..and yes, … she was born in the wrong kennel: mine. She was through you, hasseled all the time, by that Swiss Kräusli club where you do what you are told, lay low and shut up or you are out. You never accepted that because you fought for her and through her, you fought for the old breed or Vieux Barbet which she represented.
She was the symbol of your resistance to Renate Zuber who has always made sure people were to stay away from because your dogs were badbadbad..since you did not want to be submissive and accept her “rules”. So, she threw you out of her Kräusli club..to make more space for her own master race and not answer any questions. I have said in the past and repeat..eugenics as a way of breeding to eradicate the old breed, is not “just” a historical concept.
Ela Samba will live on through her progeny and through Arlan de l’Aubépine..a feat not many will have ever accomplished and she did it. Thank you for all your work for the Vieux Barbet Ela Samba and Carmela. My heart and my thoughts are with you.

Retaliations being part of the Barbet world…it has been extremely difficult to support the old breed or VIEUX BARBET and those people who venture down that path..at best get slandered and at worse? Their dogs get badmouthed as “sick“..

Voilà, voilà. Nothing more to say, but the proof is there.

Ela Samba de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre. Died of complications after mammel surgery. 5.12.09-3.4.19.

What you see and what you get?

Now what? Funny you should ask..

1. You know what you get
All dog breeds have their typical features, strengths and weaknesses.  When you buy a breed dog you have the opportunity to choose a breed that suits you and your life, whether you want to compete in agility, hunt or just take lovely walks. The more knowledge you have about the dog breed you choose, the greater the probability that you and your dog will thrive together – you have over 300 breeds to choose from!

Well. You want a pup? No problem. The Barbet having a mega identification problem, when I see public dispays of dogs so out of standard a new breed is created,do I speak up, or shut up?? ( I know, don’t tell me..but I cannot)..or I continue to tell people to be aware of who is who and what is what. It is catching on, but it’s not easy. You go to a Kennel club page and look for information..fine, perfect. Yes, that’s the dog you want. For example, this one, which is a just about perfect Barbet…VIEUX BARBET!


Then you are shown this cover as “owow” a working Barbet…cherchez l’erreur..Are you sure? It has nothing to do with the breed standard I just saw. No, of course not.


Misleading information about how the breed looks, to start, is perpetrated by breed clubs..and not generally by National Kennel Clubs.  Clubs are consulted when an article is written..Never mind the idea of socutesonice “work”, promoted by some clubs which has nothing to do with the hunting ability of the breed..but promoting the play on words is not very happy.. , let’s say. How exciting to have an article written..You should be soo happy about it! An act of kindness, so be kind.. (??)What great promotion…

So, you go a bit further and hum. Keep in mind I am the only person who speaks up PUBLICLY about what some breeders are doing to the breed…Not easy, because they have an armada of minions who alert them on the slightest faux pas  so they can go to the rescue of said breeder(s).As recently.

What do you mean my dog is not a Barbet? It says so on the pedigree”..oh, ok. Well, then..

MY problem is..I am regularly contacted by people who want a Barbet. “Perfect dog. I read about it on internet.I saw one in the street and I want one”..Imagine..it happens all the time and you have to explain this and that and try to not spend an hour explaining what some have done to the breed. The picture being the thousand words.

A Poodle with a nice coat. Wooly and curly.

Frosting on the cake..turn the page of the magazine and you see a real Poodle with the exact same morphology as the barbet on the page before ( not so thin) and even the exact same color..except this one does have a nice long frizzy/curly coat..shaven nose and same tail ..so the reader now is totally confused.

Mission accomplished.

Bottom line regardless of how cute the article is and how proud the owner is..it’s not representative of the breed barbet overall, at all and it could be just about any cross under the sun. That is not good for a breed.

Even Doodle people don’t shave their dogs like this barbet above..!

I have contacted the people from the magazine to tell them. Of course. This is a really important issue to be aware of or I would not waste time insisting.


Misinformed, but not to blame.

The Different Ages of the Barbet

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…

The dog above is NOT a Barbet but a Spanish Water dog and it even, incredible but true, looks the same today.