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My mom always says..;”o, you and your dogs…!”

Since I was knee high to a grsshopper as the expression goes, I have always loved dogs, dogs this dogs that and more dogs: on my poodle skirt when I was 5 and on my scarves, plates, and cups…The Barbet was a natural for me after having only had poodles in the past.

I had to breed some for several reasons…make myself MY dogs, share some, and be with them. It’s easy to have 1,2,3 and…more.The big difference is when you have more you have more of an insight on how they get along, pecking order and just to share a part of their lives and vice versa.

I could not imagine not keeping one from my first litter, second litter and things fell into place as far as what my breeding objectives were and how I would place them.

Now I can say that one logical thing leads to the next. It’s not easy, in fact it’s extremely hard work and it does not pay anything, but perhaps the food they eat in a year. BUT then, since I can’t have anymore right now, then I do have to stop making them…


They all get along together and enjoy each other ( they have rituals they follow every day)..
Che was the only one who, to me was not happy living with dogs and her mistress and I could feel she just wanted one person to love and not other dogs but her brother. She is very happy now and I see her regularly as I try to stay in touch with all the Barbets born here.

From left to right: Vennie, Che, Coccolina, Frogeutte and brother Froggy, Thelma, Guyguy and Compay.
So, yes, me and my dogs and I would not trade any of them for anything…They’re just too great!How lucky I am.

O my…


Georgia de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre should be giving births, within the next few days to 10…pups. At least with that size of a litter, the line is continuing well. I do love that type of pyramid system…I started the ball rolling and it’s going great!

Future dad is Borée di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco, and there is method in this breeding.

Behaviour and genetics

The place to be in September! Sorry it is in French but you will get the overall meaning. Definitely something to attend. H Räber says that “just” because a dog shows hunting instinct does not mean the line or the production will.

There was an article published a while back in France about the Barbet being a gundog/ hunting dog. I have always been careful as to reponding to requests and info about that.

Most of my dogs can do it, but I cannot gurantee it. The other drawback is the price: Gundogs are not “really expensive” dogs and not many hunters are willing to pay over 1000€ for a pup and then have to also groom them regularly. The coat is a very important factor here. If you can run a comb through the dog or if you spend 2 hours doing one leg? Since many only breed to obtain extremely curly coats showing no concern for character or hunting ability, well then, that takes care of that.

Back to square 1.


Le comportement du chien et du chat expliqué par les gènes ?
Une journée dédiée aux éleveurs pour en savoir plus sur la place des gènes dans le comportement de vos chiens et chats.

Vous êtes éleveur. Vous sélectionnez des chiens de race. Vous constatez l’aspect héréditaire de certaines caractéristiques comportementales.( hereditary  behavioural issues can be detected) 

Vos chiens présentent un tempérament plus ou moins spécifique de la race. *Vos chiens ont des traits de caractère particuliers, présentent des aptitudes au travail, à la chasse, à la garde des troupeaux, au mordant, etc. Les chiots que vous produisez héritent manifestement d’une partie de ces caractéristiques même si l’environnement joue aussi un rôle important.

Quelle est la part de la génétique dans la détermination de ces traits comportementaux ?
Des spécialistes du comportement et de la génétique vous exposeront l’état des lieux des connaissances :
– le rôle des gènes dans le comportement, les études scientifiques qui cherchent à identifier ces gènes,
– la dimension pathologique de certains comportements, l’influence de la génétique sur le tempérament,
– le déterminisme et les modes de transmission.

Les présentations allieront l’état des connaissances scientifiques avec des exemples concrets de lien entre comportement et génétique chez le chien et aussi chez le chat.

Chaque présentation sera suivi d’un débat et de questions-réponses qui vous permettront d’exposer les situations que vous rencontrez dans votre élevage et de répondre à vos interrogations sur la sélection de ces traits comportementaux.

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* As I said recently on a social media, “how can anyone say the Barbet is this or that until they have had enough pups of their production grow up and perhaps even reproduce themselves before they can say what the Barbet behaviour is? Despite all the mixing of different breeds to make what we claim a Barbet is…….there are leaks now more and more about how there are temperament issues in some lines.

The individual detaining most health issues hidden about several lines under control, is having difficulties hiding these issues. I think it’s about time…Accusing the Barbet of being this that or the other whilst discussing dogs with  of no ancestry , pure Poodle or PWD crosses, and pointing fingers is hardly an argument expect for the useful idiots who work closely at accusing dogs they know nothing about.

No names, but the people concerned know who they are.