..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 Barbets have the highest quotation on the SCC/FCI selection grid of any breeder
in France. Facts are facts and accomplishments are what they are.
I am not talking about shows because “shows” as we all know are not always the best references in a breed. I have done my share of shows for 15 years. Not what I enjoy the most.
Suffice to look at the facts. Fiction is what goes on in the background. When I have a litter, my pups are reserved well before my litter is born. I speak the truth about the breed and my work. It’s very simple. I followed my track…and have done my best. I do not have to advertise.
Below, is how it all happens here in France when you have an SCC LOF registered dog. This is factual and it has nothing to do with what the breed club does, or does not:
click on person’s “site internet”
click on “NOS CHIENS”
click on dog’s name
scroll down and click on “certificat généalogique”
scroll down and you will see the stars acquired by the different dogs.
the cotation ( selection grid) is only in France. It as you imagine gives the “worth” of a dig vis-à-vis
the dog world and reproduction.
It can change , and it has recently changed ( retroactive to January 1, 2016), no notice was given. It was and is immediately applicable.( as have been standard changes)
What has been added gets more and more difficult to achieve. Coccolina ( Ermengarda) being the highest ever on it for the Barbet. ELITE B
It has nothing to do with being a member of the club or not. And if you look around you will see there is a list of breeders who are club members ( which I have not been for 4 years, because they have worked on people more than helping dogs). (path to get there is below)
So, at this point, with the new rules, to be ELITE B =5/6 selection grid, I would have to find ALL of Coccolina’s descendants and ask them for a veterinary certificate saying the dog is not taking any kind of medication for epilepsy.( along with DNA; Test s for coat texture/color). Coccolina being the only one who reproduced out of her litter…I would have to have well over 1000 letters from her descendants owners before she ever could get the 5/6 cotation. I, coincidentally, have been trying to find her sisters..and get news…imagine.That is not an easy task!
I, of course have got all the health certificates, …It’s always nice to have along with all the real information about the dogs.( you will see an example below, along with the “cotation” document).
I had already decided one + year ago to stop any shows and to never ever go past cotation 1/6 IF I even continue breeding since life for the breed is very difficult,and I have accomplished what I wanted to, and I have proved my point, against all odds. I now go on vacation..because I can afford to!
I have ALWAYS contributed to scientific research ( since 2007 when it started), done DNA for parentage ( I have several generations back to Poppenspaler’s SANGRIA). Hips, Eyes all contribute..to a healthy line, to standard.
You get there by scrolling down on the list of “PRODUCTEURS” and then click on the number.
Follow the same paths and you will see SCC confirmed dogs who belong to breeders. It, of course, has really nothing to do with the price of a dog, even if it is genetically worth more or less!)
Next: click on this and you will see what their version of the history of the Barbet is…( and they have refused any dialogue to update it, since it is very wrong and misleading, ). It is not the ancestor to the poodle.. I have never been commissiond to do any historical research for the breed club. This has been done privately, out of interest for the truth, and a passion for truth….passion, since 2003…
From there, click on CLUB DE RACE, and SITE INTERNET DU CLUB, then ELEVEURS across the top in the green line. You will see the breeders, who are members of the club. You only have an SCC webpage IF you have produced Barbets.
I had not planned on spending any time doing this, since I am no longer in the context. The positive side is you will understand how a few things work in France.In English.
Last item, you do not become a Champion, from “just” attending ” shows and getting points. It’s much more difficult to become FRENCH CHAMPION, than it is in other countries. That not being the subject of the day…nor is the politics of breed clubs who forget their prime mission is to support/encourage/protect our poor breed, threatened with extinction in its home country.
Have a good one.
On the left, Thelma ( BCE 2nd cat.) and GuyGuy ( BCE 1st cat), on her back. On the right, mom and son again, side by side.I suspect this is also where some can say they have a “hunting line”.It probably takes a bit more than that to say so, but I’ll take it as a compliment since our dear Hercule di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco is in the line, too: a founding father of the Barbet de chasse! Then Vincacao, Armagnac..that all together makes it a hunting line?
Thought you might enjoy seeing a French pedigree new generation (for me). This is my line that I have been working on since 2002, with Tchin Tchin de la perte aux loups.The objective is a Vieux Barbet or Griffon type ( as opposed to poodle type).
There is no official SCC database, with pedigree numbers and the likes as there is in other countries in Europe where you can see results of this and that, so the pedigree is what has the most information. Eyes are not required to be checked, but I do them regularly.
If you look at Ermengarda ( Coccolina) she has the highest cot.5/6 ( SCC official selection grid/cotation) of any Barbet so far in SCC Barbet history. Compay is French Champion and a cot.3
French Lover ( Froggy) is cot. 4. He could go higher if his progeny went to shows in France, which they will not. He could also become champion…but we will not go any further on that.
They all have DNA, HD score and then you see in red, some show results, which appear incomplete..( but dog shows are not a concern!)
I felt it was more important to go up the selection grid (cotation) for the foundation of my line. As you can see Abergavennie is cot.1 which means she is confirmed, A hips and did get best puppy at club specialty show.
Breed Club politicking, nastiness, incompetence as far as the breed is concerned along with regular badmouthing has put an end to our show career! I am glad I did what I did when I did it! Now I can reap what I sowed in my foundations, and continue my work piano, piano. Brother and sister Froggies..below: