…back to the beginning, my beginning and the real Barbet, a Vieux Barbet that does not look like a Poodle or a crossbreed fashion designer dog. I can sit down and admire this pedigree…and thank everyone who helped achieve this major feat in the Barbet world.
After 10 litters and 81 puppies, selection work to my 5th generation, the highest SCC selection grid ( highest cotations SCC: results of all Barbets), several champions in France and in foreign countries, guide dogs for the blind, dogs with BCE/BICP ( hunting trials on natural instinct since I am not a hunter) and reaching objectives set in 2003…I can now step back and enjoy the result of my work. I do not like what I am seeing in France at all, and have decided to step back and smell the roses in my garden for a while.
There are some very very pretentious, pompous and nasty, incompetent people who are in it for the money, have no competences in the breed ( have not a clue what a Barbet is) and who respect nothing and no one. So be it. Suffice to read what belittling stupid infantile comments are posted on a socutesonice social network. called Parlons Barbet…Rather nauseating…but nothing new in France where the breed whether Old ( Vieux Barbet) or Modern ( Poodle type) all LOF/SCC will never ever get along. Breed club being incompetent since the beginning, in 1981..there is basically no hope left of survival of the old breed and the new Modern barbet can be assimilated to a Labradoodle, but just less expensive, quoi que…look at the average Barbet price in France, for very often a new breeder and a crossbred, crossbreed. Amazing.
On that happy note. Enjoy your Sunday. Just to reassure some, I am not going anywhere. I am here to stay and make sure people remember what a Barbet is, since many breeders do not.
..it happens once a year ( but not always), and it is generally planned out..the rest of the time is spent taking care of the dogs, making sure they are happy, doing research and answering the numerous questions people ask me about the breed and its history. That is not a very difficult part since I usually have the answers or the question leads me to doing some more checking to be sure of my information, since I hate misleading people. AND I enjoy helping.
Of course, my blood curdles when I see misleading, idiotic and deceitful comments about the Barbet..and there being only one…That is a permanent issue that is not helping either breed variety! It is very confusing to many/most people. However there are 2.
The “poof” Barbet Moderne re-incarnated/created in the 1980’s that they are trying to save from extinction? OR the Vieux Barbet that they say was extinct between 1940 and 1970..There is NO rhyme or reason to what is going on ..let’s face it?!
Facts versus fallacies or fake truths! How long will it last?!
My dear GuyGuy started vomiting well over a month ago. Since his is extremely rarely ill, I knew something was wrong immediately.Vet says liver inflammation common in older dogs..I thought cancer..so one month of medicine and back for second blood test and everything was back in the red. Plan B: scanner. He has a gallstone. We are working on neutralizing it...His temeprature was down down down to 37°4 and I have been taking temperature in dogs recently, quite a bit. Today he is finally up to 37.8° so we are coming closer to the 38° "normal" for a dog.He was supposed to mate with Iabada and was too weak (I thought it was old age and would rather have him alive than kill him) so Froggy was happy to step in and whambam, one mating (as usual) and he was done.So, I am disappointed with what did not happen and happy he is better..and eating and asking for food, which is nice. He has 2 brothers who have died already, and ...so.Anyway..he may never mate again, but that's life along with a lot of others "things" that happen in the Barbet world. On a happier note, he will be 11 soon..I am ever so proud of him.