When all is said and done.. Coccolina is hanging in there and so is GuyGuy. Some days are better than others. He eats ok +, depending on the meal and the day, which I very as much as possible, within reason. He still demands his walk even if I have to hold him real tight, he trips a lot. I help him get in and out of the car. He can be knocked over by another dog, so I have to watch him closely when he is outside. He is very aware of everything that is going on.
I am sharing this with you because it is really important to be aware of. He is going on 13 and Coccolina is 14+.We do not have a lot of records of how long Barbets live and of couse which lines..
Neither take any medication for anything, but I do give GuyGuy what I can every so often to help him move more easily..and I massage him every morning before he “gets up” and even then, I help him stand up because like old folks, he is stiff. He weighs around 23k which is still what he has weighed most of his life. The steroids are helping him stand properly and probably move better too.
Nothing to say about Coccolina..she is a trooper!
By that, I also mean all the dogs concerned are living under the same roof. That is not an easy feat to accomplish. You definitely know the dogs and their personality.
This is my friend Walda in the Netherlands.
This is where Isabeau ( Iabada) von der Leibrücke comes from. You look at the pups and you see how homogenous looking the all are. That is a sign!
Life in the Barbet world, is not a lot of fun. Never has been..In fact it’s all about who badmouths who and when. It’s not at all, nor has it ever been about dogs. Scrtach the surface and you quickly get to the smelly part.Promotion of their own breed and that one has nothing to do with history!
There is an added dimension..and that being many breeders are running out of “new” blood and scraping the bottom of their drawers…using studs who are younger and younger and over and over..and the habitual breeding for color.
Recently, and probably because of the publication of the easy to understand factual history of the breed, Barbet Moderne breeders felt the necessity to launch an attack led by Pontius Pilate, whose job is to thrash people for money..but never deal with the breed ..mandated by our old totalitarian breeders whose income depends on their sales of a myth, created in 1990 and “threatened with extinction”!
My head always sticking out for facts and truth, was of course the aim of the skud, with a mission : kindness.. nothing again to do with the dogs..
Sadly, jealousy and envy are doing their best for the breed and time is ticking.
I am a purist, I got to 5 generations of healthy dogs..with the perfect historical type I wanted. http://barbet-frenchwaterdog.com/water-dogs/griffons-and-the-likes/vieux-barbet-or-griffon-barbet/
I was asked many times if I was a breeder. Well, it’s like being bi-cultural. Which do you feel more? Well, it all clicked in my mind and no I am not a breeder. I just want to prove that breeding to obtain proper results as far as type/morphology and temperament, IS do-able when you take the time to evaluate the results, not to compete for sales and to sit back and smell the roses. Now, I am smelling my roses and enjoying them….
It is becoming extremely difficult to have a litter. Like the Titanice avoiding icebergs. Reasons are not the obvious ones..there is more and more demand, but “just” for a barbet ( small b, so generic furry dog) and not for anything specific..People are not informed and are not really willing to go in depth when researching and asking breeders intelligent questions. You live with a dog for 12/13/14? years and when you buy it, it’s yours. Barbet re-creation ( Barbet Moderne) is based on a myth and lies, covered by governing instances, like Napoleon being French and having a Poodle/Barbet..which he was not and did not…Breeders are not real transparent as to how and why they do what they do.
It’s, of course, not to make money, is it.
So, when you have seen the people who want a dog “just” like yours and you find out the got a Poodle-type, then a big sigh of relief sets in.You did not waste your time..
You have the ones who “just” want a pet and ad un tratto they decide that it would be nice to have a litter..and mate a 5th generation “Old breed” with a Poodle -cross, for proximity, and because the not very responsible stud..owner thought it would be socute and nice to get a few $$$.
Then you get the ones who swear up and down they ..”this” and they “that”. They know it all..there is only one Barbet stuff..there are many…If they tell you that, then that IS a clue that they ARE lying.Red Alert!
We have a big joker breeder here in France, well more than one, but I am referring to the one who lied about paternity of her litter(s), not once, not twice, but maybe even 3 times..is still claiming to be the big great breeder she is ( after having been given a big Barbet kennel name) made a mockery of the breed, und so weiter und so weiter..We did forget to mention she was so cute and so nice, like everyone on social networks. DNA has spoken and left quite a few disappointed people who thought their dog was a gift to the world..and it just lost 1/2 of its pedigree..responsible breeders..have nothing to say and lay low.
I do my best to not promote my litters on social networks, since many are real trashcans to dump misleading information on and…”just” sell( place dogs as one says more elegantly) dogs. Not a safe place to travel to, in this very unsafe world of ours.
The meeting pages/forum?( redefined) are run by very unprofessional people looking for fame, at least and running pages like dictators…of course to hide their incompetence.
So, in a nutshell..the Barbet is not safe anywhere, really ..and having a litter is a lot of work when you think of what some do to the breed and its future.
I will have one again, in due time, beteween Froggy and Iabada, since the last one was really really nice and all the dogs I am in touch with, make me proud of my work for the OLD BREED or VIEUX BARBET.
Happy New year….
Last Sunday, was the xxth Barbet club match in the Netherlands. Interesting facts about what was shown there. 67% of the dogs had my Coccolina in their pedigree and out of the 75 dogs present…maximum 5 looked like what the breed should look like and that is NOT A POOFED OUT POODLE-TYPE. What does that mean? It means people are more and more breeding to breed. I like the expression and I think it sums up the issue..nicely.
So sad that now they are starting to look like the Canadian/US show dogs..and needless to say that the old breed/Vieux Barbet/Old bloodlines..would never win because judges were “taught” wrongly (misinformed), that the Barbet was a Poodle.
And because, well…..and what is really “funny” is people are now looking for the type below and are calling/ contacting me.. for help in finding a dog with the old type. Well…I now refuse to help because in a litter you can get several types and I cannot dictate to a breeder what to do. So, the last person who called me was very angry and hung up on me..
Bottom line? 5/75 is 0.06 of the old type available…and that is very representative of what is going on worldwide. How fun?!