“Look, dad what I just found for you…”
( Vennie x Froggy litter 2015)
As one would say…they are useless, but so cute….Could not live without them!
I was contacted by a very nice person yesterday who said he saw me in the Seasons video below. A grand moment..I have become a star…( haha). Nice place, very hot and walking around with 4 dogs, even well behaved was not easy. It was extremely crowded and dusty, and they were as usual, real troopers, the dogs, I am talking about.
If you go to 27.22 you will see me very briefly next to some nice/normal people who did (accept to) talk to me while I was there. The others had been told to turn their nose up and snarl.They did well at it, but it was not their first go. Many of us remember 2012 and how they would look down at us and our dogs. We were not able to hear the snarl because they were on the other side of the ring then badmouthing all of us and easily readable by their body language and how they judge us…as usual. When you don’t shut up you are a bad person…
Well this time again, no welcome, thankyoufordrivingsofartocomeandparticipateinaclub eventwherewejustcannotfigureoutwhynoonewantstoparticipateanymore?Isitecause wedonottalkabouthowgreatyouare?
Around a 200€ outing( hotel/gas/toll/food).Only because Barbets were invited, so savings of about 250€ for the 7 dogs signed up.
Anyway the video is very nice and it definitely gives you a feel for how the Game Fair was. A nice event. We had to go, only because of the very nice article that Chassons.com published about the Barbet in June, and I wanted to walk around a bit to show my dogs and what a working dog looks like. We were of course not invited to the dog parade the club dogs participated in.That was only for nice membersorandbeniouiouis.
This is Vennie, with about 10+ cms of coat…Not matted as you can see in the second picture, easy to brush out, but a nightmare to manage.Perhaps it’s cute and nice, but it is not a Barbet coat. IF it is, show me…documented proof with lineage. AND it need to be cut. It is a groomer’s dream because you will pay a small fortune top keep up the coat as it grows and grows and gets totally out of hand. A dog should not look like a matted mop even if it is a rare breed and even if it is not matted.
It is an insult to the breed.
Remember that in the Barbet, there is a dosage of other breeds ( there has to be since it is so rare) and that coats show, tails show and temperament does too. When doing the right mariages, you have a better opportunity of getting a good coat for what the breed represents. BUT not every dog is perfect and representative of the breed.
Look at the 3 in the front, all related and the one in the back is Vennie girl…but she will be mated next week with a Barbet with a coat like the ones across the bottom and selection will be applied. I have waited 4 years for this litter and I know what to look for…and coat is an easy challenge.
It goes without saying that I left Vennie’s coat get like this since that is the only way to make a point. Thank you Vennie girl…
2 females in heat, male brains working overtime, and under stress…real hard sometimes especially when everyone has to be in the right place at the right time with the doors closed properly…one mistake and several years of selection carefully planned down the drain with a “mistake”.So, last night a lot of noise and Guyguy trying to make his way behind the TV and unplugged the computer along the way. Why do I do this? I do wonder…well sort of…I like making my dogs, and I appreciate people who think they are great. Froggy, just went all round the garden looking for Dulcinea who is not yonder. The worstpart is that as you know for those of you keeping up with my dogs: they are used to being together and playing together…so, not fun for any of us since I love to watch them.
Club du Barbet , Lagotto et autres chiens d’eau. Officiel.nous vous rappelons que le
barbet n’est pas éligible aux field trials….??? And why not???
You would expect them to support any initiative to help the breed and not do the exact opposite…well, they don’t and are rather irate about it! Hardly believeable. Then they will say that the Barbet is a “chien de chasse…”
So, she was supposed to go straight and not do her shoelaces, brave little girl, but no one told her…A tremendous amount of obedience, but doable ( at some point in time).
If the Barbet cannot be a versatile working dog, it will not survive. Doing shows is good for egos, but not for the breed when you see what is “exhibited”.
For dates of Working Tests:
This is Froguette speaking, just because I do hunting trials does not make me less of a little girl. I weigh 22 kilos, 54 cms and am fit for what I have to do, since I am a true to breed Barbet. Do you see my lovely curly coat? I love to retrieve and I think I have become a star because since yesterday the French breed club has announced that the Barbet can take part in any open BICP and that is “officially”. What I have done for 2 years has only been for people in the hunting world to see what I can do on natural instinct….So look for me retrieving on land and in water, coming soon.
We don’t just say we are and pose for pictures, we are….and we do.