…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.
Father is Baxter, a lovely male I helped place 11 years ago( already!). I had Baxter’s sister Bepop for one year here and I helped Boone go to the United Staes where he is having a very nice life. I know the line, very well. Mom is Liriope de la Serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre.(no need to tell you how she is!) This gives you an idea of how they will grow up! That is always nice to know.
They were born March 9th.
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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.
This litter has been adorable, the pups adorable, the owners adorable..my only regret is that GuyGuy was sick at the time he could have mated Dabadoo..and I did not yet know he was ill with his gallstone issue..otherwise he would have been happy to oblige( even at his age) and Froggy would have been fit for the next litter. However, you don’t always do what you want..and it doesn’t always work out the way you want it to.
My choice to keep a male from this litter was a very hard one…and in fact til the last day, I could not decide. The decision was taken by the male himself who had decided he was going to stay.That was that.
..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?!
Just found out that some country has raised the age a female can reproduce to 9, but with an eventual petit accident, it may go higher?..when you think about the age a male can stud til, and they don’t( 12/13?), you kind of wonder if it isn’t the world à l’envers where you take studs barely confirmed, not fully developed ( aged 1 or 2 ) and max out their return on investment( $$$) and mate them with grannies( $$$)…what next? Make hay while the sun shineth?! We need a pension fund for these dogs and some dog-rights! Don’t you think?
ZAfter all what is a rare breed for, if you can’t take advantage of it? eh?