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Barbet and knees..


Since it is impoosible to get a straight answer out of many in France, you try to compare what is bigger or smaller than a bread box to figure things out by yourself. Not easy, but “normal” with the Barbet world in France. Everything is generally a hassel, big or small, but a hassel. While I was on my way to visit a friend in Switzerland a couple of days ago, I was listening to the radio broadcast in French (Swiss Romande). The tone was noticeably different than the French negativist tone. News were good, business was flourishing, profits were up….I was seeing so many nice, new cars driving past me, it was like being at a car show. Well, anyway.So much for that.

There appears to be a major major bad overall French attitude towards everything making it difficult to accomplish anything. We in France all know that. Business is bad, attitudes are for sh– and help is not anything to consider asking for.From anyone.
You send someone an email to ask a simple question.Very often they ignore you and don’t answer and when they do, you get an earfull of what you want but not an answer to a simple question.

We all know that the club ( with the assistance of the breeders, haha) is supposed to lower the sizes in the standard of the Barbet. Then you look at the 8th wonder of the world, ask for a size and they turn their nose up and refuse to answer. It’s quite obvious that a bread box is a bread box. Not to everyone…

We still have some lying about dog sizes..we know who they are and they have support in holding them up high-er, and higher.

I can hardly wait for the club specilaty show. I want to see if a 2/3 cms matted coat is included in the size of a dog…I asked, but got no answer.

This is me, and Ela who is not standing properly because if she were she may have been even 53, haha….I am 1.72 and not shrinking yet!

Barbet camouflage…



In there is a Barbet…you see him coming out in the second photo. What he was after, I have not a clue, but. It is important that they demonstrate natural ability to work. By work I mean hunt, flush, retrieve…..for pleasure. It is n ot something you teach them. That instinct, natural instinct, they have it or they don’t.

Not all Barbet hunt. That is only a myth….nowadays.

You’re a man now…French Lover Dog


Froggy mated with Barbebdoux TumTum last weekend, and very successfully if we may add. Because he is now a real “stud”, he was offered his first own leash as the tradition goes.If all goes well, he will be father in April. So proud, because he is my 3 rd male living under my roof to have successfully performed his duties.

Froggy will be 4 this year. He is healthy, has an extremely well balanced character. He is calm, attentive and has a very easy to groom coat.

He has his TAN, BCE 1st category, BICP 3rd category. His has a cotation 4/6 on the SCC selection grid.

He is 59.5/60 cms weighs up to 26+ kilos. Has his DNA,  eyes clear and hips A/B.




I was always hoping one of the girls born here would mate with Ulysse di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco after having him confirmed in France in my name to save him et al, but it didn’t happen which cast a doubt on his competences and we know how that goes round. After he mated with Manon Lescaut, hope came back and he proved himself with Abaya, again; which confirmed he was a “real” stud. He  had proved his worth also with Braise who has now a lovely line in Canada, that was  not without any hassels again given us by the same people in swissland breeding committee. His first mating which was brushed off by said swiss breeding committee was a severe blow to the old breed and yes, they did their best . It has taken years to bounce back, but bounce back we have with determination, conviction and support.

The 2  oldest studs left of the “old lines” are sort of making up for almost lost time!

Hard to believe that people working for the breed have left 3 pups males available from Ulysse and Ursus combined where it seems they should have been taken up in a flash, but, stranger things have happened.

These guys are getting up there in age, but at least now we can rest assured they will leave their pawprints on the breed and Georgy, who is probably looking at what’s going on ( good and bad) is probably smiling away…with all of our beloved dogs in heaven.

A funny key word: old curly dog!

I have my statistics of people visiting my site each day as one does!

Sometimes you learn things that way. Yesterday I had a real funny one; someone looking for a ” vieux chien frisé”… Thelma? At almost 12 years of age, it could be someone looking for an old curly dog? ( at least they didn’t say: old curly poodle!). It might have been a “Vieux Barbet”…Griffoné…?