Tag Archives: Selection work

Every dog is the best dog or how a breed degenerates*

* tout est bon dans le cochon…or so goes the expression!

In the Barbet breed, there has never been any type of selection by the French breed club (except curls). Many conscientious breeders do the selecting themselves for lack of any assistance, but in France, it’s basically a “free-for-all”.Who can outdo the next one? Then, don’t wonder why the Barbet can and does look like absolutely anything under the sun.



Vennie Girl posing for a “Hold” the apple…little dearie! Please don’t tell her…But I do really feel sorry for Georgy, who must be crying a lot, right now. >Dear Georgy. You could not have known.

Storing DNA: Antagène


I am extremely grateful for the work Antagène does for dogs. This is how I was able to connect Thelma to her dad, Vincacao and will continue up and sideways when possible. It’s high time we proved that when the pedigrees are correct, you can work on selection.

That is another dimension from “just” selecting on O% like for a yogurt….

What has the Irish Water Spaniel brought to the Barbet?


Have you ever thought why some used “this” rather than that? No? You have been spoonfed distorted facts for years? You have never worried about it?

If you sat down and thought for yourself, do you think it would help?

  1. Why  are some dogs of a nice brown that doesn’t fade some a patchwork of several different shades of brown and coat textures…that turn gray?
  2. Why are some black dogs born black and before age 3 are completely real gray? You know that is a poodle issue…but do you know that or were you told it was “normal” for a Barbet?
  3. Why are some dogs avoided like the plague for they are supposed to be sick or carriers of every disease under the sun? We all know that the poodle has had many issues, especially the standard poodle as there are less and less due to too much inbreeding ( a simplified concept) in the lines we all know?
  4. Why are some dogs avoided for they may carry hunting genes in countries where you cannot hunt?
  5. Why are some dogs refused for having the lighter colored eyes that SWD s have? Is it because of the eyes or their working ability or simple eugenics?
  6. Why are the Finns redoing a cross, this time with a SWD? ( last time was the Pont Audemer Spaniel)?
  7. Why do you think the Poodle is so used into the Barbet?
  8. What do you think the Poodle genes have brought to the Barbet?
  9.  Were you led to believe that the Barbet was on purpose crossed with an IWS because the breeder wanted to? Have you ever thought about the other side to your coin?…

Well, perhaps, some of you ought to sit down and put your thinking cap on? Might be high time for it.

The one who said their Barbet was a hunter and it is a nice friendly type, brown  color that doesn’t fade..;do you think it came from the hunting line it belongs to or also the IWS natural ability to hunt?

Breeding just to breed is not called selection. Real breeders can justify their choices.

Can you? Do I ask too many questions? How many can you answer on your own?

Photo: courtesey of Michael Roeterdink

It’s all in the head..

Barbet_nothead*Recently,I saw on your favorite social network, some comments from some people who as everyone we know in the Barbet world, are experts on detecting when a Barbet is or not a Barbet…

Well? Is a SWD a Barbet? Is  Poodle a Barbet? Is a Cao a Barbet? Think about it.

It is all in the head ( and the tail). After xxx years of crossing lines, it would appear that ther ought to be some homogeneity in the breed. Do you think there is?


There seems to be more and more of a cleavage and for the clever ones, you should be able to look at a dog and see what’s in it at a glance. I did it at the clubshow in the Netherlands. It was a great experience! Don’t forget the short tail hidden very often when it is a bit too short…

* yes, this is a Barbet with an Irish Water Spaniel head. I recently saw another one…what a shame new breeders don’t take those parameters into consideration. The hair will eventually grow, but the shape of the head is very characteristic, isn’t it! Like the small poodle heads we see on “Barbets”.