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?!
The Barbet club of sorts (et al) no longer exists (finally) and the Barbet has recently become an orphan breed. Mismanagement of the breed, breeding to breed, lack of any kind of knowledge about its true history which is not about “the ancestor of the Poodle” nor is it about Napoleon’s mascot. A year ago, the whole thing exploded in their faces and the result is there, with a picture at the top of the page of the one who thought greatness was an quality/fication of one’s highness and disdain and moquery of others…never mind the falsified fatherhood declarations at ye ol’ scc. So, she was caught red-handed in her lies.
Now the club is dead. Long live the new club with probably another lot of ignoramuses in what the Barbet is, looking for fame and a type of fortune, again.
The SCC deals with people and not dogs ( contrary to what we would think) and they will only work with people who get along with eachother, so the Barbet is out as long as people don’t get along with each other. This has gone on for now 35 years and doesn’t seem it will end soon. I was happy to not have to contribute to this farce after 2012 when I was escorted to the door, and liberated.
In passing, 2 of my dogs, the Griffon types ( Vieux Barbet) are represented on that page next to the Poodle types (Barbet Moderne, invented by Jean Claude Hermans). Fanny Forigoler ( haha) de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre and Tchin Tchin de la perte aux Loups ( Thelma la douce), mom to my GuyGuy>> Booly Wooly de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre..father of Fanny.
A bit of “current” history for you.
SOOO, here we are thinking that we owe it all “just” to Mrs Pêtre..well, well well..
…and enjoy my graal. I have worked very hard to reach this point, and seeing that the breed club no longer exists( they accomplished their mission, running the breed into the ground…It’s probably the best time to take a break, wait and see…. At some point people may or may not come together and deal with factual information concerning the Vieux Barbet, and not rely on internet heresay, rumours and fantasy. I find it more important to watch my dogs interact; enjoy them as they enjoy each other and will think about more puppies, later! I will take the time to share more pictures and deal with the factual history of the breed…as before.In the meantime enjoy visiting other French sites and learning about their contribution to the breed. A breed severely threatened with extinction. I hope that people will develop the critical thinking skills and stop being mouthfed the theories and fantasies they are drinking up like nectar.
You can lead a Barbet to water, but you can’t make him swim!